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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.

9 officials charged for Flint water crisis, Snyder pleads not guilty

By: - January 14, 2021

Updated, 3:27 p.m., 1/14/21 Former Gov. Rick Snyder and eight other high-level officials have been charged in connection with the water crisis that devastated the city of Flint. The scandal left at least 12 people dead and thousands of people, including children, with lead-contaminated drinking water in what residents, activists and researchers have described as […]

A new baby and a 9-month furlough with no end in sight: How COVID-19 is straining Michigan families

By: - December 17, 2020

When Rachael Guzzardo was furloughed from her job as a physical therapist for a large health system in metro Detroit in May, the mother of two, including a son born on Feb. 29, applied for unemployment. When she was told she could receive the benefits for up to 26 weeks, Guzzardo told her husband, “There’s […]

Michigan has seen more hunters this year, but COVID-19 brought changes

By: - December 13, 2020

When COVID-19 cases first appeared in Michigan in March, Beaver Lake Hunt Club General Manager Todd Reilly immediately thought of the upcoming firearm deer hunting season — the 15-day period in November when hunters typically pack the Northeast Michigan club’s 100-year-old lodge to share meals, drink beer and play cards with longtime and newfound friends. […]

56 hospitals, 16 local health depts. tapped to distribute COVID-19 vaccine

By: - December 11, 2020

The first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine could be distributed in Michigan as early as next week, and frontline health care workers and long-term care facility staff and residents are slated to be among the first to receive the vaccine, state health officials announced Friday afternoon. “I am very excited about the vaccine distribution,” Dr. […]

‘There is an end to this pandemic’ 

By: - December 2, 2020

With the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine potentially arriving for Michigan’s frontline workers in a matter of weeks and the general public possibly accessing the vaccine by spring, public health experts across the state are beginning to see a light at the end of this long tunnel. The days of a virus that has […]

A glass ceiling shattered: Black and South Asian women celebrate Harris’ election

By: - November 21, 2020

When U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) entered the race for president in 2019, China Cochran, a political organizer and activist from Detroit, immediately backed her. Finally, she thought, there could be a Black woman in the White House — a space built by slaves that has long been led almost entirely by white men. While […]

‘I went to the polls for humanity’: Immigrant voters want DACA passed, ‘Muslim ban’ and child separation ended

By: - November 16, 2020

In the days leading up to the Nov. 3 election, Deysi Cordoba took to her keyboard: “Vote,” the 19-year-old nursing student from Grand Rapids wrote to her friends. Her fingers flew as she typed. Cast your ballots, she urged, for those who cannot, like herself. Vote, she said, because it could make the difference in […]

After Nassar scandal, Dem trustee loses seat on MSU board

By: - November 6, 2020

Updated, 12:47 p.m. and 2:12 pm., 11/6/20 with new numbers In wave elections, one party often dominates the races at the bottom of the ballot. In 2020, there was no clean sweep, which is not surprising with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden winning a close race at the top of the ticket against President Donald […]

Peters, Slotkin, Meijer win in close contests

By: - November 5, 2020

Following a roller coaster of a day in which the political fates of several Democrats and Republicans running in Michigan shifted frequently, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) and U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) have won reelection. There were several competitive congressional races in Michigan, and the delegation looks like it will end up with […]

Doctors are ‘angry and frustrated’ about health risks of Trump’s Michigan rallies

By: - November 2, 2020

Michigan health care workers on Monday blasted President Donald Trump’s decision to continue to hold large campaign rallies in Michigan, including events in Traverse City and Grand Rapids, despite a rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the state and recently released research that links hundreds of COVID-19 deaths and tens of thousands of cases […]

A ‘trauma tsunami’: COVID-19 takes its toll on Michiganders’ mental health

By: - October 27, 2020

When a patient is dying from COVID-19, nurse Molly Nixon will hold their hand. She will tell them they are loved. And, often, she will be the last person they see as they take their final breaths. “I’m there with them as their last human contact; I’m the last person they see on this earth […]

West Michigan has been a key GOP stronghold. That’s now being tested by two congressional races.

By: - October 15, 2020

The 3rd and 6th congressional districts in West Michigan are, in some ways, a study in contrasts: They are a world of dense urban neighborhoods and cornfields that fill the horizon, of cars donning “Resist” and “Make America Great Again” bumper stickers, of Republican and Democratic (and occasional Libertarian and Green) political signs dotting yards […]