Anna Gustafson

Anna Gustafson

Anna Gustafson is the assistant editor at Michigan Advance, where her beats include economic justice, health care and immigration. Previously the founder of the Muskegon Times and the editor at Rapid Growth Media in Grand Rapids, Anna has worked as an editor and reporter for news outlets across the country. She began her journalism career reporting on state politics in Wisconsin and has gone on to cover government, racial justice and immigration reform in New York City, education in Connecticut, the environment in Wyoming, and more. Previously, Anna lived in Argentina and Morocco, and, when she’s not working, she’s often trying to perfect the empanada and couscous recipes she fell in love with in these countries. You’ll likely also find her working on her century-old home in downtown Lansing, writing that ever-elusive novel and hiking throughout Michigan.

Online orders for free at-home COVID tests to begin Jan. 19

By: and - January 14, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Friday launched a new website for Americans to request up to four free COVID-19 tests per household. The administration is buying 1 billion at-home rapid COVID-19 tests, and Americans will be able to begin ordering the tests online on Jan. 19 at This is part of the administration’s effort to […]

Michigan has 4,778 people hospitalized with COVID-19, with 502 on ventilators

By: - January 14, 2022

On Friday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported that a total of 1,746,707 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 28,479 have died from the virus — an additional 37,114 cases and 251 deaths since Wednesday. The new numbers combine Thursday’s and Friday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of […]

DHHS: More than 1 in 10 Michiganders had COVID-19 in 2021, 1 in 650 died

By: - January 12, 2022

More than one in 10 Michiganders had COVID-19 in 2021, and approximately one in 650 Michiganders died from COVID-19, according to information Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Tuesday. DHHS reported Wednesday that a total of 1,709,593 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 28,228 have died from the virus — an […]

Benton Harbor water crisis is the ‘ultimate inexcusable repeat of history,’ 3rd lawsuit says

By: - January 11, 2022

State officials’ decisions around the water crisis in Benton Harbor, including allegedly pushing off a corrosion control study, left “thousands of people to drink and use knowingly unsafe lead-contaminated water,” according to a new class-action lawsuit.  “It has been less than six years since the declaration of emergency that made the Flint water crisis worldwide […]

Police investigating ex-Speaker Lee Chatfield for allegedly sexually assaulting child

By: - January 7, 2022

Michigan State Police are investigating former state House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) after a woman filed a criminal complaint accusing him of sexually assaulting her over 12 years, beginning when she was 14 or 15 years old, according to police and the complainant’s attorney. The now 26-year-old woman first filed the complaint with the Lansing […]

SE Michigan hospital at ‘breaking point’ in wake of skyrocketing omicron cases

By: - January 6, 2022

Soaring omicron variant cases among Beaumont Health staff and patients have left the Southeast Michigan health care system at a “breaking point,” said hospital officials who, for the umpteenth time this pandemic, pleaded with the public Thursday to get vaccinated against COVID-19.  “With each subsequent surge, I think the psychological toll gets greater and greater […]

‘The playbook for authoritarianism counts on this’

By: and - January 6, 2022

When U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint) arrives at the U.S. Capitol Thursday, he will do so to tell the truth: That, one year ago, armed rioters attempted to overthrow a democratically elected government in a fatal attack that followed a months-long campaign by former President Donald Trump to claim victory in an election he lost […]

‘You see mothers and fathers on ventilators over the holiday season’

By: - January 4, 2022

As Michigan faces record-breaking numbers of COVID-19 cases in the wake of the rapidly spreading omicron variant, deeply beleaguered hospital officials pleaded with the public to get vaccinated and booster shots as health care workers navigate a months-long surge of cases, hospitalizations and deaths that has left them feeling broken and abandoned by their communities. […]

Tucked in an MSU office, the Moist Towelette Museum is an ode to quirk and connection

By: - December 31, 2021

The origin story of the Moist Towelette Museum, a space of eight packed shelves tucked into an office at Michigan State University’s Abrams Planetarium in East Lansing, is something of a tale of quirk and friendship — and the birth of the internet. “I started collecting them back in the ‘90s — I was working […]

Michigan meteorites take center stage at new Abrams Planetarium exhibit

By: - December 31, 2021

Standing by ancient rocks that have fallen from space to Earth, Shannon Schmoll, the director of the Abrams Planetarium at Michigan State University in East Lansing, gushed with enthusiasm when talking about the new exhibit, “Asteroids, Meteors and Meteorites Oh MI.” “A lot of people love astronomy and space, but we don’t have a lot […]

‘A history of overcoming’ in Benton Harbor

By: - December 26, 2021

Sitting in Benton Harbor’s oldest home, a space built in 1849 that’s filled with the echoes of history, Morton House Museum Board President Denise Reeves and Board Trustee Kate Ulrey scanned the rooms in front of them: expansive, tall-ceilinged places filled with concrete reminders of the people who once called the Southwest Michigan city home.  […]

Kellogg workers approve new contract, ending 11-week strike

By: - December 21, 2021

Updated, 4:59 p.m., 12/21/21 with comments from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office Unionized Kellogg’s workers from four states, including a cereal plant in Battle Creek, voted to approve a new five-year contract that increases wages and expands health care, ending one of the country’s longest strikes this year, union and company officials announced Tuesday. About 1,400 […]