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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.

Sparrow Hospital caregivers approve new contract that boosts wages, guarantees N95 respirators

By: - December 13, 2021

Unionized health care workers at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing voted to ratify a new three-year contract late last week, averting a recently authorized strike, ending months of tense negotiations, and creating incentives needed to attract and retain health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, union officials said Monday.  Ninety-six percent of the caregivers in the […]

‘Just keeping our heads above water’: Unvaccinated patients fill struggling Michigan hospitals

By: - December 10, 2021

The day after the first omicron variant case was detected in Michigan, medical experts sounded yet another alarm about the state’s large unvaccinated population and soaring COVID-19 cases that are leaving hospitals struggling with crammed emergency departments and staff exoduses. “We are now two weeks past Thanksgiving, and Michigan continues to trend in a deeply […]

‘We are not taking away anyone’s guns’

By: - December 10, 2021

A little more than a week after four teenagers died in a shooting at Oxford High School, a group of Michigan Democrats on Thursday introduced four bills that lawmakers say could help save lives by decreasing the amount of ammunition someone can shoot before reloading. The legislation — Senate Bills 785 and 786 and House […]

Upton says background checks and anonymous reporting can curb gun violence after Oxford

By: - December 9, 2021

The day before 17 people died in a shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) was visiting Portage Central High School while it held a live shooter drill. “That never happened when I was a student,” Upton said during a phone interview with the Advance Monday afternoon. “It […]

Dem introduces legislation to protect public health officials from threats, assaults

By: - December 8, 2021

State Sen. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) introduced legislation Wednesday that aims to protect public health workers amid the barrage of death threats and other violence they’ve faced over COVID-19 health mandates. Senate Bills 781 and 782 would increase penalties for anyone who assaults, or threatens to assault, a public health official. The legislation mirrors an […]

Rep. Upton wanted to secure funding for Michigan roads. Then came the death threats.

By: - December 8, 2021

There was never a question that U.S. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) was going to vote for the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.  The $1.2 trillion legislation, which Democratic President Joe Biden signed into law last month, sends billions of dollars to Michigan to repair crumbling roads, expand internet access, invest in ports, clean up […]

Michigan hospitals face daunting winter with unvaccinated patients, omicron and flu, officials say

By: - December 6, 2021

Soaring COVID-19 hospitalization rates combined with the emergence of the omicron variant and the resurgence of the flu could force Michigan hospitals to further cut back on elective surgeries and other procedures during a second winter dominated by the pandemic, according to officials at the Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System. “Our numbers of inpatients right […]

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 […]