Mike Thompson

Mike Thompson

Mike Thompson was a reporter for his hometown Saginaw News for 33 years, writing on local governments, K-12 school districts, neighborhood and poverty-related issues, race relations, and nonprofit agencies. Also, as a young adult, he devoted seven volunteer years as a home-to-home community organizer in a neighborhood that borders Saginaw's downtown.

Tribes look to governor in fight to expand casinos

By: - February 23, 2019

Updated, 12:15 p.m., 2/25/19 The quest of Michigan’s tribal casino resorts to expand beyond their boundaries wasn’t a hot topic during last year’s election between now-Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Bill Schuette. But concerns may come for the forefront soon — and have big implications for Michigan and its largest city. Three big questions loom: Should […]

Flint water adviser draws on personal health trauma in helping city cope

By: - January 21, 2019

This is 1990. She’s a 19-year-old college freshman with a healthy lifestyle. Then, suddenly, she’s in a hospital bed. Liver and kidney failure are among her overall ailments, and doctors can’t figure out why. She fearfully wonders, “Am I going to die?” What could be the cause? Think of all those industrial smokestacks on her […]