Reported much of this story for this People Exclusive, including the mom who broke the story open, LeeAnne Walters; another activist mom Melissa Mays, single mom Flint Darlene Bello; ACLU investigative reporter Curt Guyette; on the ground reporting in Flint while working with videographer/photographer for this package which included a few online pieces, including this one, plus a magazine article/package out Jan. 29, 2016.
ANOTHER ONLINE PIECE:
How Sick Are the Kids in Flint? Inside the Shocking Health Effects of the Devastating Water Crisis
Two Michigan moms lead the fight to uncover how their city exposed their children — and the entire community — to a contaminated water supply.
Jeff Daniels talks about why he chooses Chelsea, Mich. over life in LA.
The Amazing Acro-Cats CEH (chief executive human) and animal trainer Samantha Martin tours the country up to nine months a year in a full-size tour bus she shares with a merry band of trained cats plus a few fosters — all rescues — who do circus acts and play in the world's only feline band, which also includes a groundhog from her zookeeper days and chicken named Cluck Norris. Best of all? The cats often don't follow her direction.
A personal essay giving thanks for being able to be there for my parents at a time when they needed me most.
Large spread in Delta Sky's February issue covering all things Detroit. I focused on the lifestyle and tourism in the city and region, from "Doers" in the restaurant biz to top cultural attractions and hospitality. See my stories on pages 108-125.
Why Is Big Tobacco Taking Stock in E-Cigarettes?
It's the wild, wild west for the tobacco industry once again.
Dying of ALS, a 40-year-old Michigan mother of two fights to make her final days meaningful.
Deneane Chiplock's other battle: In-home nursing care.
(Side bar to story of a Michigan's woman dying of ALS fights to make her final days meaningful.)
When Austen Brantley took a ceramics class in high school as an easy class to boost his GPA, he discovered a life-changing passion for art.
Chris Bouldin rescues Felix, a special needs kitten with cerebellar hypoplasia from her post in Afghanistan in 2008. She finds Felix also rescues her.
New story of ex-employee shooting at accounting firm.
Angela Flournoy's debut novel, "The Turner House," is set in Detroit where her father grew up. The intergenerational family saga focuses on what happens when 13 adult children come together after their father dies and their mother has to move in with the eldest son, leaving their longtime home suddenly vacant amid abandoned lots and worth just a tenth of its mortgage.
The book has earned many honors, including being a finalist for the National Book Award and being named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.
Historic buildings in Detroit getting new life with the help of historic tax credits and where these incentives can be used going forward.
Reported on missing soldier Pvt. Byron W. Fouty, 19, of Waterford, Mich., near Detroit, after ambush attack in Iraq.
Exploring Hamtramck's Bangladeshi community.
L.A. based journalist Liana Aghajanian bested more than 200 writers to win a rehabbed house in Detroit.
Interview with author Robin Gaines about her debut novel.
Reported on Kevorkian's release from prison.
Profile of Mitch Albom's "Albom in the Afternoon" radio show producer.
Sarab Neelam, a Sikh doctor with a lifelong passion for film, directs his first feature film, a semi-autobiographical tale of a Sikh doctor trying to fit while bucking a health care system he doesn't understand.
After a 35-year hiatus and a career in education, Judy Bowman realizes her childhood dream of being an artist with no regrets of time lost: “Everything has led to this particular point."
From being in Atlanta during the civil rights movement to being commissioned to create art for the newly formed MLK library in the 1970s to her work with children, Bowman brings it all together in her vibrant 2D mixed media collages.
She sees herself as a recorder of her history but mostly, she says of her work: “It’s a celebration of black life... I want people to say: I remember those happy times.”
Profile of Detroit filmmaker Carrie LeZotte.
Cranbrook Cranbrook Academy of Art student chair design show.
When to speak up in the face of prejudice? For Current Health 2, a publication for high school students.
Ten things to know about the 18th annual Arts, Beats & Eats festival in downtown Royal Oak over Labor Day weekend.
This veteran fashion designer got a career boost as a contestant on Project Runway. Now Joe Faris is loving being home in Detroit, where he's based his Industrial Couture Motor City Denim line and hopes to see the city reinvent itself as a garment district.
Souren Aprahamian, 97, is one of the few survivors of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-16
Straight and LGBT teens reach out to one another. For Current Health 2, a magazine for high school students.
The nonprofit organization strives to stabilize Detroit neighborhoods while encouraging literary culture.
A couple uncorks Artifacry in Corktown. (page 19)
Gwyneth Paltrow Told Kids After Chris Martin Split: 'You Know What's Real and How Much We Love You'
My choice to be a caregiver and advocate for my parents when they needed me most, something Americans are facing more and more as our population grows older.
In honor of National Organ Donor Month, I share my experience of giving a kidney to my mother, and wishing I could do the same for my father.
Careers in public health, from a disease detective (epidemiologist) at the CDC to policy makers.
Q&A with author Christopher Hebert about his new novel set in Detroit.
When journalist Amy Haimerl and her husband declared Detroit their home in 2013, they didn’t come for family or friends or even a job. Put simply, they fell in love — with the city and a vacant 1914 Geogian Revival home in need of plumbing, heat and electricity. In her memoir on the journey of restoring the home, Haimerl also learned about her new community and herself.
When An Dinh's wife tells him she's gay, the two find their own version of happily ever after—and it’s all on film.
17 years in the making, local photographer's self-published book of images from Sri Lanka sees light of day
Profile of attorney Richard Victor.
Reported for the Advertising Column on Chevrolet's new ad campaign.
Online version of longer story in magazine about Ben Affleck filming in Detroit amid rumors of gambling at area casinos.
Contributing reporter to story about 2008 Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin, getting views of Michigan women.
Researchers have some counterarguments to the idea of urban farming as a panacea.
Profile of Detroit percussionist Mark Sawasky.
GM executive Lori Robins discovers true love... with her pet dog.
America's Energy Madness-We're Banning Solar Panels, But Many Towns Can't Regulate Fracking
When it comes to state and local politics, the oil industry is much more powerful than green energy.
Muffy Kroha, visual manager of Neiman Marcus, should star in a reality show -- she even amuses herself.
"I have this stock of stories I can tell," Kroha says. "I actually repeat them to myself because I can't believe they're true. They still make me laugh or cry or both."
Mom prepares for empty nest.
Keefe A. Brooks stays calm in the courtroom.
Artists working away from their homelands.
Contributed to feature on holiday memories and traditions of Michigan celebrities. I interviewed poet/writer Jim Harrison, actor Jeff Daniels (p. 126-127) and comedian Dave Coulier (p. 132).
Detroit filmmakers are creating episodic shorts. For some it's a proving grounds to their ultimate goal of making feature films.
Among the series: "In Zero", "Ced n Terri", "Terra", "New Directions", "The Other Universe"
Mosaic Youth Theatre sculpts Detroit's future performers.
Designer, inventor, entrepreneur and educator, Scott Klinker, who heads Cranbrook Academy of Art's graduate 3D design program, talks about inspiration, electric guitars, his new furniture collection and what keeps him in Detroit.
Poet laureate, professor and literary activist M.L. Liebler pays homage to his working class roots in "Working Words: Punching the Clock and Kicking Out the Jams," an anthology of voices including poets, rock stars, filmmakers, activists, novelists and historians all talking about the daily grind.
Profile of one avid Detroiter.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy may be one of the most powerful people in Detroit, but with her daughter Anastasia, she's just another skating mom.
Raw food chef and new business owner Amber Poupore is on a mission to spread the health at her small downtown eatery
A documentary film I collaborated on for a class at the Detroit Film Center in 2007. It's about an inner city bike shop that takes in and fixes bikes to enable residents with transportation. They also teach skills to volunteer workers.
Find out more at: http://thehubofdetroit.org/
The fourth annual Detroit Design Festival, a celebration of Detroit's design community, gets into full swing Tuesday with events ranging from studio tours to panel discussions, block parties to a workshop on creating comics.
Artist and model Gwen Joy talks about her multifaceted career, including making her Joy Toys (half human half animal fantasy dolls), selling cigarettes and being a brand ambassador for big name companies. She also shares other stuff, like how she got married by a half-Hispanic Elvis impersonator.
Tawny Thieu, a 30-year-old entrepreneur juggling four Detroit-area Pink Pump shoe and fashion retail locations, sees only good things going forward. Here long goal? Making Pink Pump a nationally recognized brand.
What it takes to get young creative talent to Detroit, and profiles on six who took the chance: Joel Frost, Johnathan Nelson, Mathew Praveen, Mansi Trivedi, Detavio Samuels, Anthony Davis,
PLUS: tips on recruiting.
Preview of Detroit's 11th Annual Winter Blast.
Monthly guide to thing to see and do in Detroit and beyond.
Interview with Detroit film and entertainment scene Renaissance Man Ed Gardiner.
MOCAD, Detroit's first museum of contemporary art, has high hopes for its future as it moves forward under the direction of Luis Croquer.
Interview with Detroit filmmaker whose intimate portraying of her city is in the Ann Arbor Film Festival.
Profile on defense attorney and high profile corporate litigator Joseph Aviv.
Tom Helland, design director for Organic Inc., is a doodler and his work is far from scribbles. The government of Alberta, Can., actually paid $6,500 for his doodle art.
Q&A with jewelry designer Marlaina Stone, who is making her mark in the fashion world with her high-end handcrafted necklaces, bracelets and rings that you have to have some moxie to wear.
Profile on one of Michigan's top employment attorneys.
Melanie Derro talks about going from pre-med to a career in graphic design and what she loves most about living and working in Detroit despite the economy.
Interview Organic, Inc. Creative Director Kevin McElroy.
Worked on copy for B&P for several vehicles in this line.
Worked on copy for B&P for several vehicles in this line.
Interview with an historic preservationist.
Launching a business as a costume designer is probably not the obvious career choice you'd expect from a former trauma nurse. But for Couni Young, founder of Go Go Wardrobe Pro, it's not so far-fetched.
A guide to some of Detroit's best: including what do see, what to eat and where to stay.
Touched by the Fate of Unidentified Murder Victims, a Few Crusaders Refuse to Let Jane Does Be Forgotten—Or Unloved
Interview with fashion designer Joe Faris of Motor City Denim.
The life and works of an artist from Albania.
Who Said Motherhood Was All Sippy Cups, Soccer Games and Car Pools? Fed Up with the Suburban Routine, These Women Pumped Up the Volume
Winner of the 2011 Arts and Letters Award in Architecture and head of Cranbrook's architecture department, Bill Massie talks about his craft, the challenges, how he handles clients and what students should expect going into this career.
With a New Arsenal of Web Sites and Chat Rooms, Mean Kids Can Torment Their Victims 24/7 Online—often with Devastating Results
Michael Moore Says the President Lied to America. But Does His Movie Play Fair?
Risking Her Job, Coleen Rowley Accuses Her FBI Bosses of Ignoring Key 9/11 Clues
Detroit travel story for the in-flight magazine of Southwest Airline: Spirit magazine
Q&A with Team Detroit's Toby Barlow.
Karen Swanson, co-owner of Swanson Meads Architects, comes from a family of internationally renowned architects, but she has proved to be more than a mere legacy.
She is the great-granddaughter of internationally renowned Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen and great-niece to his son, Eero Saarinen, wh
Interview with author Michael Zadoorian.
Thanks to Michigan’s new film incentive, Hollywood heavyweights like Clint Eastwood are setting their sights on Detroit. (NOTE: If you click the URL you may need to enable pop-up windows to view the story.)
You've got to love quotes you get from new/young bands, like this one:
Newcomer Lilac Lungs, a local pop group with rock and punk influences, opens for Our Lady Peace on Saturday. It’s a nice break for the band, which was launched just six months ago by lead guitarist John Birrell and his singer-keyboard player girlfriend Emily Torres. So how did it happen? “Some luck,” Birrell says. Also, “just “generally being kind people and making connections. ... You can’t be jerks.”
Madonna at the Traverse City Film Festival.
Interview and Q&A with Jeff Hupp and Chris Plum, aka the Blunk Brothers, of the music house Blunk Street Music