Stateside: State House could be evenly split after November; why small town newspapers still matter

Aug 13, 2020

Today on Stateside, playwright and Detroit native Michael R. Jackson talks about the meta-musical that earned him a Pulitzer Prize for drama. Plus, as many local newspapers close up shop, one family has kept the Minden City Herald in Michigan's Thumb running for more than 70 years. 

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With just a handful of competitive races this year, there’s a chance for an evenly divided state House

  • Zach Gorchow is executive editor and publisher of Gongwer News.

Company wants to test fish after the Morrow Dam crisis

  • Sehvilla Mann is a local government and education reporter for WMUK.

Detroit native Michael R. Jackson wins Pulitzer for meta-musical about a queer black playwright

  • Michael R. Jackson is a playwright and Detroit native. He won the Pulitzer Prize in drama this year for his off-Broadway musical A Strange Loop.

How one family has kept its small town newspaper going for more than 70 years

  • Paul Engel is the former owner of the Minden City Herald newspaper in Sanilac County.
  • Nathan Marks is Paul Engel’s grandson and now the third generation of his family to run the  Minden City Herald.
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