Chris Andrews is senior editor at Public Policy Associates, Inc. In addition to working as a freelance writer and editor, he teaches journalism at Michigan State University. Andrews was an editor at the Lansing State Journal and a reporter at the Rochester Times-Union.
Nancy Nall Derringer has been a writer, editor and teacher in Metro Detroit for seven years, and was a co-founder and editor of GrossePointeToday.com, an early experiment in hyperlocal journalism. Before that, she worked for 20 years in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she won numerous state and national awards for her work as a columnist for The News-Sentinel.
Ron French joined Bridge in 2011 after having won more than 40 national and state journalism awards since he joined the Detroit News in 1995. French has a long track record of uncovering emerging issues and changing the public policy debate through his work. In 2006, he foretold the coming crisis in the auto industry in a special report detailing how worker health-care costs threatened to bankrupt General Motors. In 2007, French uncovered Michigan's educator pension and health-care costs that are now at the center of policy debate in Lansing. He is also the author of "Driven Abroad," a book chronicling the movement of Michigan jobs overseas.
Rick Haglund has had a distinguished career covering Michigan business, economics and government at newspapers throughout the state. Most recently, at Booth Newspapers he wrote a statewide business column and was one of only three such columnists (the other two are at the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News) in Michigan. He also covered the auto industry and Michigan's economy extensively. He wrote an automotive blog for Booth's Web site, www.mlive.com and currently writes his own blog, www.micheconomy.com. He currently writes freelance for the Grand Rapids Press, Crain's Michigan Business, Detroit Legal News, The Center for Michigan, Dome magazine and others.
Derek Melot joined Bridge Magazine in 2011 after serving as an assistant editorial page editor, columnist and reporter at the Lansing State Journal, where he covered state and local issues extensively, earning awards from the Associated Press and Michigan Press Association. The Oklahoma native moved to Michigan in 1999.
Grand Rapids resident Ted Roelofs covered politics, social services and military affairs for the Grand Rapids Press for 30 years. He is the winner of numerous journalism awards for projects that include childhood poverty, Vietnamese refugee resettlement and the Kosovo refugee crisis.
Christopher Klaver has worked for Gongwer News Service for nearly 20 years covering a variety of ballot and candidate races. He also has covered administrative agencies for the online political news source. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University.