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.

How Trump’s footprint is all over Michigan’s race for governor

By: and - July 30, 2022

Days before Michigan’s Republican gubernatorial primary on Tuesday, former President Donald Trump made an announcement some of his supporters had begged him not to do: He just might endorse right-wing media personality Tudor Dixon for governor.  “Giving Tudor Dixon a good, hard look,” Trump wrote Friday morning on Truth Social, the social media company he […]

Transphobic attacks, calls for voter restrictions dominate final GOP gov. debate

By: - July 28, 2022

From election conspiracy theorists pushing voter restrictions to a barrage of transphobic comments and the idea that “if we don’t get back to our “Judeo-Christian principles, we’re going to lose our country, we’re going to lose Western civilization as we know it,” the eighth Republican gubernatorial debate Wednesday night was a whirlwind of far-right talking […]

Nonprofits, election officials launch voting resources in Arabic, Bangla and Spanish

By: - July 21, 2022

In an effort to dismantle language barriers at Michigan’s polls and ensure citizens who speak languages other than English can vote, a coalition of nonprofit organizations and election officials this week launched an array of voting resources in Arabic, Bangla and Spanish. – a group that includes the ACLU of Michigan, the Anti-Defamation League, […]

Misogyny is fueling the country’s gun violence epidemic, experts say

By: - July 17, 2022

Dawn Gillard’s life revolved around her children.  Everyone who loved her knew that. The rest of the world would read about it in her obituary. On May 27, Gillard was shot and killed at age 40 alongside her three young children: Katelynn, 6; Ronald, 4; and Joshua, 3, at a home in Austin Township, a […]

More than 1,000 University of Michigan nurses set to picket as they fight for new contract

By: - July 15, 2022

Renee Curtis has seen a lot in her two decades working as an emergency department nurse at the University of Michigan’s hospital in Ann Arbor.  But she never expected to be where she is now: fighting for Michigan Medicine to address what she called a staffing crisis that has prompted an exodus of both longtime […]

U of M study: Women, Hispanics and low-income Michiganders hit hardest by Long COVID

By: - July 10, 2022

About one in five Michiganders infected with coronavirus develop “Long COVID,” and the often debilitating chronic illness that leaves people struggling with fatigue, cardiac issues and breathing problems. And it is more prevalent among women, Hispanics, people with lower incomes and those over the age of 75, according to a new report from the Michigan […]

Black homeowners are being overtaxed in Detroit and Wayne Co., complaints allege

By: - July 1, 2022

Government officials in Detroit, Inkster, Highland Park and Wayne County have for years allegedly violated the federal Fair Housing Act by overtaxing primarily Black and low-income homeowners, according to complaints filed Thursday with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR). “This problem of overtaxation is […]

Michigan GOP prosecutors are ‘scaring’ abortion patients, Planned Parenthood says

By: - June 29, 2022

While Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel, reproductive health groups and physicians emphasize that abortion remains legal in Michigan, some Republican county prosecutors are arguing otherwise. Those statements could create a “chilling effect” on patients and health care providers navigating a post-Roe landscape, a Planned Parenthood of Michigan spokesperson said Tuesday. “We […]

‘We are fighting back’: Michiganders push for state constitution to protect abortion rights

By: - June 24, 2022

After the United States Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday, ending the constitutional right to an abortion that has existed in the U.S. for nearly 50 years, reproductive health care advocates are determined to ensure abortion remains legal in Michigan. “I am heartbroken for the millions of people across the United States who […]

For Battle Creek, cereal is ‘in our DNA.’ But the city is changing.

By: - June 23, 2022

For more than a century, the smell of cereal has wafted through Battle Creek. Residents in the south central Michigan city can often pinpoint the exact scents: This smell means Frosted Flakes are being made. This one is Fruity Pebbles.  They are smells rooted in history: Will Keith (W.K.) Kellogg created what was then called […]

Facing ‘staffing crisis,’ Michigan Medicine nurses call for change

By: - June 20, 2022

After two years of working in a pandemic that has left health care workers across the state and country burnt out and leaving the profession, thousands of unionized Michigan Medicine nurses are calling on their employer, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, to address what they called a “staffing crisis” and provide fairer wages […]

‘Get with the program, or we vote you out’

By: - June 15, 2022

Wiping sweat from foreheads under a relentless June sun, the speakers at Mothering Justice’s 10th annual “Mama’s March” — mothers and lawmakers and reproductive health leaders and activists — took to the podium Wednesday outside the Michigan Capitol in Lansing. There, they turned towards the Capitol, a towering mountain of brick and sandstone, and issued […]