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Tom Gantert

Managing Editor of Michigan Capitol Confidential

Tom Gantert is Managing Editor of Michigan Capitol Confidential, a daily news site of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

When Gantert arrived at Capitol Confidential as Senior Capitol Correspondent in February 2010, he already had extensive experience as a journalist, having worked for more than 20 years at Michigan daily newspapers, including The Jackson Citizen Patriot, Lansing State Journal and Ann Arbor News. Gantert also served a four-month stint at USA Today as part of a Gannett Corporation loaner program. In 2008, Gantert was The Ann Arbor News writer of the year, and in September 2009, he founded Reporting Michigan, a nonprofit news Web site.

Gantert holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Michigan State University. He has two sons and lives in Jackson, Mich.

We're No. 1: Unemployment in Michigan Fell Faster Than Anywhere Else

MSU: You Can Be Ticketed For Smoking in Your Own Car

Shivering in the Dark? Sierra Club Opposes 91 Percent of Michigan Electricity

Detroit's Red Ink Remains, But Future Looks Brighter

Drug Raids Down 75 Percent in Detroit as Police Shift Their Focus

Democratic Senators Seek to Silence Debate About Global Warming

Michigan School Funding At Record High

Detroit’s Top Employer No Longer a Government Entity

Pay for New Ann Arbor Teachers Up 24-44 Percent in Four Years

Here's What the NY Times Got Wrong On Detroit Public Schools

Academic Failure Forces Charter School Closure

Union Contract Delivers Five-Year Salary Freeze for State's Teacher of the Year

Deficits Loom, But Community College Launches Athletics Program Anyway

Right-To-Work For More? Michigan Income Growth the Nation’s Third-Fastest

Fewer School Districts Borrowing to Cover Expenses, But Pension Debt Rising

How They Spin 'Underfunded Schools': Ignore the Federal Money

Spiking Pensions: Another MEA Executive Involved in Special Deals

Another School District-Teachers Union Pension Spiking Deal

Ph.D. Not Good Enough, Professor: You Still Can't Teach in Detroit Schools

Narrative Trumps Facts When Reporting on Detroit Public Schools

Pension Funding: Why Your Town is Going Broke

Despite Enrollment Decline, Teachers Paid More

Michigan School Pension Debt Grows Again

Four Months and Counting for Records from Agency at Center of Flint Water Crisis

State Data: No Detroit Teacher Shortage

Detroit Teachers Under Pay Freeze, But Union President Gets Big Pay Hike

Money Rolling In, But Cities With Hands Out To Lansing Claim 'Broken' Finances

Detroit Public Schools' Collapse Preceded Charter School Expansion

State Expects to Take $2.4 Billion More; Media Cries 'Deficit!'

'Got Your Back' or Stab It: Union Sics Bill Collectors on Right-to-Work Exercisers

Detroit Schools Transition Chief Says: Restrict Charter Schools in City

Contaminated Water Dominates Flint Headlines, But Pension Earthquake Looms

Why Do College Costs Skyrocket Year After Year?

Average Teacher Salaries Decline, But Individual Educators Get More

State Fails to Make Required Teacher Pension Fund Contribution

House Dems to Detroit Parents: No New Charter Schools For You

Group at Fore of Detroit School Preservation Effort Has Mixed Record

State Attorneys General Wage War on Political Dissent

IRS-Style Viewpoint Discrimination in Grand Rapids City Government?

Grand Rapids City Attorney Calls Alleged Rape Victim a 'Crack and Heroin Whore'

Panic Over: Number of School Districts in Deficit Plummets

After 10 Years of Deficits, How One District Escaped Being Dissolved

More from Taxpayers, But State Corporate Welfare Taking More Too

Czar-Like Detroit Education Commission Part of Establishment's 'War on Charters?'

Bankrupt Detroit Still Refuses Property Sales to Charter Schools

Duggan Approved Ban on Selling Closed Detroit Schools to Charters

Top Rated School Could Be Closed in Battle Creek

Michigan Motorcycle Deaths Decline Since Helmet Mandate Repeal

Clock Ticking on School Adequacy Study

Michigan Pushes Back Against Feds on Labor Regulations

Ban Closing a Detroit School, No Matter How Bad?

Prison Guard Union Provides Lurid Claims for U-M Anti-Privatization Report

How Michigan's School Rankings Aggravate Social Tensions

March Madness Office Pools: Illegal, But Tolerated

Need a Job? Michigan's Unemployment Rate Better than U.S. Average

Republican Senate Bails Out Detroit Schools, Rations School Choice

Fact-Checking Teacher Union Math on Detroit Schools

The Real Story Behind the Feds Pursuing 'Climate Change Deniers'

U-M Economist: 'Michigan's Economy is Doing Great'

State Rankings Penalize Schools for Having More Poor Kids

Bill Would Let Detroit Schools Collect Automated 'Photocop' Traffic Fines

Teachers Union Spends Little of Its Funds on Bargaining

State Dodges Deadline for High Stakes School Performance List

'Reckless Expansion' of Charter Schools? Not Quite

Charter School Critics: Accountability For Thee But Not For Me

Gov. Snyder Releases 21,730 Flint Documents, No Charge; City Wants $172,000

Why Can't Detroit Go to all Charter Schools Like New Orleans?

Michigan's Highest Paid School Employees (No. 1 Makes $368,836)

Here’s Where Teachers Get the Highest Pay in Michigan

In 20 Years, Only Two Corporate Welfare Recipients Created 1,000+ Jobs

Charter School Group Demands Apology from Detroit Free Press Columnist

Federal Funding Favors Poorer School Districts Like Detroit

Michigan Public Schools Get More Money than Ever to Cover Operations

Poor Cities Don't Equal Underfunded Public Schools

Union Official Peddles False Figures in Teacher Pay Complaint

Setting the Record Straight on Teacher Pay Won't 'Destroy Public Education'

Historic District Horror Stories

Detroit Classrooms Are Not Overcrowded

School District Thwarts Transparency With Unnecessary Costs

School District Used Second-Graders to Urge Tax Vote

Debate Rages Over How Often Government Pushes For A 'Yes' Vote on Tax Hikes

Whistleblowers Allege Police Pension Spiking Scheme

How the Flint Water Story Was Uncovered

Money, Not Governance, Appears Main Focus of New Detroit School Proposal

City: Vote 'Yes' On Tax Hike or You May Die

Detroit School Bailout Jeopardized by Teacher Sickouts

State Legislature Looking to Address Detroit School Sickouts

Union Activists Protest Opposition to Coerced Union Dues

New Taxpayer-Funded Electioneering Restrictions Anger Local Government Tax Hikers

Michigan Economy No Longer Dependent on Auto Industry

Schools and Locals Electioneer for Tax Hikes, State Nods

House Democrats Oppose 'Trapping' Detroit Students in Non-Union Schools

Union Posts Names of Non-Members, Urges Shunning

Why Do These Top-Ranked Schools Have Zero Top-Ranked Teachers?

Use Taxpayer Money to Call for Higher Taxes? Not Within Two Months of the Vote

Teachers in 'Worst Urban District' Twice as Likely to be Rated 'Highly Effective'

Blame Engler, Granholm and Snyder for Detroit Public Schools Financial Woes?