Eric Freedman is professor of journalism and former associate dean of International Studies and Programs. During his 20-year newspaper career, he covered public affairs, environmental issues and legal affairs for newspapers in New York and Michigan, winning a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of a legislative corruption scandal. He teaches environmental journalism and serves as director of the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism. He also teaches public affairs reporting, international journalism, feature writing and media law and serves as director of the school’s Capital News Service
When L. David Mech arrived at Isle Royale in 1959, he had no idea he would pioneer the nation’s longest-running prey-predator study, one that would become a model for wildlife biologists around the world. Nor did he likely expect to eat beaver brains or loon there. His new memoir tells of his first three summers and three winters at one of the country’s most remote national parks. We talk to Mech and a Michigan Tech professor who is now a leading wolf-moose researcher. By Eric Freedman. FOR MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE AND ALL POINTS.
Money is the mother’s milk of politics, and campaign money is flowing in Michigan this year. But money, like milk, can turn sour. Here are lessons for candidates in the run-up to the November election. For editorial, opinion and news sections. By Eric Freedman.
Experiments at the U-M Biological Station in Pellston show how exposure to the popular herbicide atrazine can affect whether crayfish are bold or shy, and thus their ability to protect themselves from predators like large-mouth bass. Atrazine gets in rivers, lakes, groundwater and agricultural run-off. Tested crayfish came from Cheboygan County.
From Holland to Traverse City, from Three Rivers to Sault Ste. Marie, from Cadillac to Ionia and from St. Ignace to Zeeland, voters across the state will choose mayors on Nov. 5. If past patterns hold — and without presidential, congressional or legislative races on the ballot — only a fraction of the voters in 100 Michigan cities with mayoral elections will participate. That’s despite the fact that “local governments provide many key public services that citizens care deeply about.” We interview the author of a new national study and a Grand Valley State University political scientist.
Getting to work every day can be a pain, but the amount of pain varies depending on where you live and how you get to your job. Traveling by public transportation such as buses often takes twice as long – or more – as driving alone. And few commuters choose the public transit option. We look at data for seven metro areas in the state, including Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, metro Detroit and Midland and talk to the Michigan Public Transit Association and MDOT.
Some lawmakers want to formally urge the National Park Service to allow a moose tag lottery hunt on Isle Royale, where a burgeoning moose population is devastating the vegetation. Hunting is illegal in the remote Lake Superior national park, and the federal agency rejected the idea of a moose hunt when it instead adopted a plan to relocate wolves – the moose’s main natural predator – to the island. Hunting is allowed at Pictured Rocks and Sleeping Bear Dunes national lakeshores. Michigan United Conservation Clubs supports limited hunting in the park.
A new book makes the case for recognizing Southeast Michigan as “the freshwater capital of the world.” We talk to the author, who works for an environmental group in Traverse City, and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, which proposed the book. Success stories include the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge and the resurgent Detroit waterfront. By Eric Freedman.