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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.

Michigan reports 18,443 new COVID-19 cases since Wednesday

By: - December 3, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 1,336,566 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 24,367 have died from the virus — an additional 18,443 cases and 277 deaths since Wednesday. The new numbers combine Thursday’s and Friday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 9,222 […]

Kellogg, union workers reach tentative deal after 2-month strike

By: and - December 2, 2021

Updated 12/2/2021, 10:21 p.m., with comments from state Sen. Sean McCann. Eight weeks of striking against a two-tier pay system may culminate in a weekend agreement between 1,400 union workers and cereal giant Kellogg, as the parties announced Thursday morning a tentative deal has been reached. The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International […]

After Oxford shooting, Dems call on GOP colleagues to act on gun violence legislation

By: - December 2, 2021

State Sen. Rosemary Bayer (D-Beverly Hills) can’t stop hurting. In the wake of Tuesday’s shooting at Oxford High School in Southeast Michigan that killed four students and wounded seven others, Bayer, whose district includes Oxford, has spoken to countless of her constituents who are now wading through a sea of grief and trauma.  One constituent, […]

For Benton Harbor attorney, the fight for clean water is personal

By: - December 1, 2021

Updated 12/1/2021, 5 p.m., with comments from a spokesperson for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Every day, John R. Beason III picks up bottled water to bring to his 88-year-old grandmother’s house in Benton Harbor because they’re unable to drink from the tap due to elevated levels of lead found in the city’s drinking water. There, in […]

More than ‘thoughts and prayers’: Students want lawmakers to act after Oxford school shooting

By: - November 30, 2021

Following a shooting Tuesday that left three people dead and eight others injured at Oxford High School in Southeast Michigan, students, educators and Democratic officials across the state said it’s time for more than the usual issuance of “thoughts and prayers” after mass shootings. It is, they said, time to figure out how to finally […]

Michigan Nurses Association files unfair labor practice charge against Sparrow Hospital

By: - November 29, 2021

The Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) filed an unfair labor practice charge against Sparrow Hospital with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) last week, alleging that the Lansing-based health care facility has repeatedly violated federal labor law and employed union busting tactics as the hospital and its caregivers’ union negotiate a new contract. According to the […]

Michigan reports 17,003 new COVID cases since Monday, about 844 children infected every day

By: - November 24, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 1,276,264 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 23,595 have died from the virus — an additional 17,003 cases and 280 deaths since Monday. The new numbers combine Thursday’s and Friday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 8,502 […]

As Michigan battles skyrocketing COVID numbers, health officials brace for Thanksgiving impact

By: - November 24, 2021

As Michigan’s COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations continue to soar, leaving emergency rooms bursting at the seams with unvaccinated patients, health experts across the state are pleading with the public to mitigate the spread of the virus with vaccinations, masks and other health precautions this Thanksgiving and over the winter holidays. “I know many of […]

Whitmer directive: Michigan must accelerate plans to replace lead pipes

By: - November 22, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive directive Monday ordering state agencies to ready plans to quickly replace lead pipes using an influx of federal dollars from the new Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The departments of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE); Treasury; and Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) must “assess strategies  to control the […]

Sparrow Hospital caregivers approve strike authorization

By: - November 22, 2021

Updated Nov. 22, 2021, 5:42 p.m. with information about Sparrow’s proposed contract that was presented to the union on Monday and the union’s response. Members of a union representing thousands of caregivers at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing voted to authorize a strike should union leaders determine it’s necessary during ongoing contract negotiations, the Michigan Nurses […]

‘This surge is seemingly unending’: Hospitals are at breaking point with unvaccinated patients

By: - November 21, 2021

Dr. Rob Davidson had just finished his shift as an emergency room physician in West Michigan on Wednesday when he sank into the front seat of his car and hit record on his phone. “The COVID numbers are putting us over the top, beyond capacity, everywhere,” Davidson, who also serves as the executive director of […]

Whitmer to Michiganders: Get your COVID booster shot

By: - November 18, 2021

As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations skyrocket in the state, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is urging eligible Michiganders to get their booster shots once federal health officials approve them for all adults in the United States.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is slated this week to expand access to the booster shots for all adults who […]