Center for Michigan Founder and Chairman Phil Power was the owner of HomeTown Communications Network, Inc., a group of 64 community newspapers in Michigan and the Upper Midwest that together won more state and national awards for excellence than any other group in the country. He sold his newspapers in 2005 and founded The Center in 2006. Power graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Michigan in 1960, where he was editorial director of the student newspaper, the Michigan Daily. He was a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University in 1962-64. The former U-M Regent helped found the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce and served as Vice Chairman of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
John Bebow is president and CEO of the Center for Michigan and Bridge Magazine. Published most weekdays at Bridgemi.com, Bridge is Michigan’s leading nonprofit publisher of in-depth news and analysis about state politics, public policy, education, the state economy, the environment, and other topics of statewide interest. Bridge attracts more than one million readers each year and has earned more than 100 state and national journalism awards, including three straight “Newspaper of the Year” awards from the Michigan Press Association. Bebow worked previously as an investigative reporter for The Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, Ann Arbor News, and Traverse City Record-Eagle. He covered the 2003 invasion of Iraq for the Detroit News and Gannett newspapers and served as editor-in-chief of MLive. His family resides in Dixboro. He holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in English from Western Michigan University and a MBA with distinction from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. John can be reached at email@example.com.
Alexandra Schmidt is the Public Engagement Director at the Center for Michigan and Public Engagement Reporter at Bridge Magazine. In both roles, she focuses on discerning how state policy impacts residents’ daily lives and amplifying those experiences to achieve stronger public discourse. She holds a bachelor’s degree with high honors and distinction in Urban Studies from the University of Michigan. Before joining us in 2017, she worked with HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, the Big 10 Network, TBS, and Comedy Central.
Kathryn Dugal serves as the outreach coordinator for the Center for Michigan. Prior to joining the Center in March 2019, Kathryn worked as an operations & events coordinator at the American College of Surgeons in Chicago. Before that, she was a communications consultant and program & communications associate for Rotary Charities of Traverse City, a grant-making charity based in Traverse City, MI. Kathryn holds an MA in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University and a BA in Global & Area Studies from Michigan State University.
A.J. has served as operations director since 2006. Prior to joining the Center, he worked for a start-up toy company, a tourism bureau, a homeless shelter and an adventure travel company. He holds a degree with honors in English from Emerson College in Boston, and lives in Ann Arbor with his wife and two children.
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