Jon King

Jon King

Jon King is the Senior Reporter for the Michigan Advance and has been a journalist for more than 35 years. He is the Past President of the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors Association and has been recognized for excellence numerous times, most recently in 2022 with the Best Investigative Story by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Cleary University. Jon and his family live in Howell.

Days after suspending his presidential campaign, Perry Johnson endorses Trump for 2024 

By: - October 23, 2023

Three days after suspending his own presidential campaign, Michigan businessman Perry Johnson has endorsed former President Donald Trump in his quest to retake the White House in 2024. “[T]here is now only one candidate in this race who can provide a solution to our nation’s economic, foreign policy and social crises, and most importantly, beat […]

State brokers deal to end unpaid water bill dispute in Highland Park

By: - October 20, 2023

A tentative deal between the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) and the city of Highland Park could finally bring an end to a 10-year dispute over unpaid water bills.  Announced Thursday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, whose office helped to broker the deal, the tentative agreement commits the state of Michigan to funding historic infrastructure repairs […]

Nessel wants Line 5 evicted from tribal land, Republicans decry ‘unnecessary delays’ for tunnel

By: - October 19, 2023

The same day that Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel filed a legal brief seeking to eject the Line 5 pipeline from tribal land in Wisconsin, the Michigan Senate Republican caucus on Wednesday held a press conference to criticize “unnecessary delays” in approving permits for Enbridge’s Great Lakes Tunnel Project encasing Line 5 as it crosses […]

US intelligence shows Islamic Jihad rocket misfired on Gaza hospital, but Tlaib still blames Israel

By: - October 19, 2023

U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) has refused to back away from comments blaming Israel for the deadly explosion Tuesday in the courtyard of the Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital in Gaza, despite President Joe Biden saying information from U.S. intelligence agencies indicated that the blast was the result of a misfire by militant group Islamic Jihad. Some […]

100+ Michigan doctors back legislation to create prescription drug board

By: - October 17, 2023

Legislation that would create a board to address the impact of prescription drug costs on Michiganders has received a public show of support from health care professionals across the state. The Committee to Protect Health Care, a nonprofit advocacy organization that works to expand health care access, released a letter Monday signed by more than […]

Michigan Jewish leaders mourn, but remain determined, after Hamas attacks in Israel

By: - October 16, 2023

“It feels genocidal.”  That’s how state Rep. Noah Arbit (D-West Bloomfield) — who is Jewish and who represents the most heavily Jewish state House district in Michigan — described his reaction to the surprise assault on Israel by Hamas militants this month. “The idea that this past Saturday [Oct. 7] saw the most Jews murdered […]

Bill ending Michigan’s drug immunity law clears Senate committee

By: - October 13, 2023

After decades of Democrats calling for a repeal of Michigan’s one-of-a-kind law that prevents state lawsuits against drug manufacturers, a bill to do just that is on the Senate floor. Senate Bill 410, sponsored by state Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) on Thursday passed out of the Senate Civil Rights, Judiciary and Public Safety Committee […]

Whitmer signs bills paving the way for carpooling lanes and addressing teacher shortage

By: - October 10, 2023

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday signed bipartisan bills that aim to help alleviate the state’s teacher shortage and reduce traffic congestion. House Bill 4752, sponsored by state Rep. Matthew Koleszar (D-Plymouth), will encourage public school retirees to return to work by allowing them to continue receiving previously earned retirement and health care benefits.  “Michigan teachers […]

Whitmer signs bills guaranteeing lead screening for young Michigan children

By: - October 4, 2023

Bipartisan bills to guarantee the screening of minors for lead poisoning in Michigan were signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.  The legislation requires all children be tested for lead poisoning between 12 and 24 months of age, while also allowing for parents to opt out if they choose to do so.  Judge gives […]

Michigan GOP lawmakers file lawsuit to overturn 2018 and 2022 voting rights initiatives 

By: - October 2, 2023

A lawsuit filed by nearly a dozen Michigan Republican lawmakers seeks to roll back voting rights measures passed by voters in 2018 and 2022. The suit, filed Thursday in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, was brought by 11 Republican lawmakers: State Sens. Jonathan Lindsey (R-Coldwater) and James Runestad (R-White […]

GOP former House speaker sentenced to federal prison for taking bribes as head of state licensing board 

By: - September 29, 2023

A one-time Michigan House speaker has been sentenced to just over four-and-half-years in prison following his conviction for taking bribes while heading up a state licensing board. Rick Johnson, who chaired the Michigan Marijuana Licensing Board (MMLB) from 2017 to 2019, was ordered on Thursday to serve 55 months in prison by U.S. District Court […]

UAW president says Trump visit to non-union Michigan company is a ‘pathetic irony’

By: - September 27, 2023

A day after President Joe Biden joined striking United Auto Workers on the picket line in Michigan alongside UAW President Shawn Fain, the labor leader says he has no intention of meeting with former President Donald Trump when he speaks Wednesday at a non-union automotive parts manufacturer and supplier in Macomb County. Fain, speaking Tuesday […]