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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.

In an effort to make Pride safer, Grand Rapids Pride Center announces no police will be at festival

By: - June 15, 2022

Two years ago, as calls for racial justice were ignited across the country in the wake of a white Minneapolis police officer murdering George Floyd, a group of activists called on the Grand Rapids Pride Center to take a hard look at itself. “The group of BIPOC [Black, Indigenous and people of color] activists called […]

Kelley’s arrest is emblematic of growing far-right extremism and violence, experts say

By: - June 10, 2022

After Republican gubernatorial candidate Ryan Kelley was arrested Thursday by the FBI on charges related to his role in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, during which supporters of former President Donald Trump attempted to overthrow the United States government, his campaign posted two words on social media: “Political Prisoner.” This sentiment — […]

U.S. at risk of becoming authoritarian state after Jan. 6 insurrection, experts say

By: - June 8, 2022

Former President Donald Trump and his Republican allies, including many in Michigan, are leading a years-long attack on American democracy that could result in the country being run by an authoritarian government not elected by the people, political experts said during a Wednesday press conference regarding the upcoming Congressional hearings on the Jan. 6, 2021, […]

Senate Republicans advance anti-CRT bill that educators say will censor teachers

By: - June 7, 2022

Republican members of the Michigan Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee voted on Tuesday to advance legislation that education officials said is dividing parents and teachers and would silence teachers attempting to discuss race and racism. “We have kids being literally slaughtered in their classrooms across the country, and yet these right-wing extremists are focused […]

‘It’s a disaster for kids’

By: - June 7, 2022

The children in Benton Harbor are changing. They are “more moody, more short-tempered, they’re not doing as well in school,” said Corey Stern, an attorney with the New York City-based law firm Levy Konigsberg, who at the end of May filed a lawsuit on behalf of about 400 Benton Harbor children who the suit alleges […]

First-ever Pride Festival coming to Muskegon in June

By: - May 20, 2022

When Jeffrey Pienela, the president of the Muskegon Pride Center, thinks of the first-ever Pride Festival coming to Muskegon on June 4, he thinks of celebration — of the drag queens, the poetry performances and the music. But, perhaps more than anything, he thinks of people finding a family and a home, a place where […]

‘They don’t care if you live or die, but they want you to make them coffee’

By: - May 18, 2022

KC Laskey can count the number of students who usually wear masks in her son’s kindergarten classroom in West Michigan on one hand — and the number of COVID-19 cases in his classroom last week on two. “He is one of two wearing masks at school; since omicron quieted down, there have been two wearing […]

Michigan reports 27,705 new COVID-19 cases, 76 deaths over the last week

By: - May 11, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 2,472,596 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 36,140 have died from the virus — an additional 27,705 cases and 76 deaths since last week. The new numbers combine all confirmed and probable cases and deaths since last Wednesday, as […]

‘COVID hasn’t gone anywhere’: After brief respite, cases and hospitalizations climb

By: - May 9, 2022

After months of near silence, Nicole Kessler once again hears the ambulance sirens blaring outside her Beverly Hills bedroom window as they rush to the hospital. “I live close to Beaumont, and I can hear the ambulances — so every time [COVID-19] cases increase, I can hear the frequency of ambulances going to the hospital […]

In wake of Lyoya’s death, a reckoning with Grand Rapids’ history of police brutality

By: - May 7, 2022

The day before Grand Rapids officials released the video of Grand Rapids Police Department Officer Christopher Schurr shooting and killing Patrick Lyoya, a 26-year-old unarmed Black man, police began erecting concrete barricades around the department’s headquarters in downtown Grand Rapids.  The barriers, a police spokeswoman said at the time, were a “precaution” as police prepared […]

Michigan reports 18,945 new COVID-19 cases, 62 deaths over the last week

By: - May 4, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 2,444,891 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 36,064 have died from the virus — an additional 18,945 cases and 62 deaths since last week. The new numbers combine all confirmed and probable cases and deaths since last Wednesday, as […]

‘He’s doing their bidding’: Critics say Republicans use auditor general for partisan attacks

By: - April 17, 2022

When the Michigan State Capitol opened in 1879, the auditor general’s office was meant to be one of the largest spaces within the expansive new building — a space worthy of a role that’s essentially the state’s chief fiscal watchdog. Elijah E. Myers, who designed Michigan’s Capitol in Lansing and was one of the most […]