Gary Wilson's thoughts on Great Lakes issues and occasionally, other things
Launching a Great Lakes Notebook Welcome to Gary’s Great Lakes notebook, my musings on the Great Lakes, policies that impact them plus environmental justice and the occasional ramble to other areas.
For those who know my work, bear with me.
For those who don’t, I spent the last four years reporting for Detroit Public TV’s Great Lakes Now platform where I posted 200+ stories and did 20 or so interviews.
Prior to that I did a couple years of commentaries for Great Lakes Echo (thanks Dave Poulson), and three years of a Great Lakes Month in Review segment for WKAR, Public Radio in Lansing.
That’s a lot and last year I decided I didn’t want to be that guy who sticks around too long. Besides, when I started reporting on the Great Lakes, coverage was minimal. Now there’s a new generation of reporters doing stellar work. I get the message.
But I’m still contributing to Great Lakes Now. The good folks at Detroit Public TV gave me space to do a monthly interview and I’ve come to like doing them, a lot.
In all that reporting someone asked me for highlights. Here are two.
I did commentary for WKAR on the Flint water crisis way before it became a major issue. In all my wisdom, I said Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder would intervene, “because it’s water.” Well, that didn’t work out.
And Great Lakes Now just won a National Public Media Award for Content, News and Public Affairs. The TV folks say it’s a big deal and I’m proud to have been there when GLN was just an idea and to have contributed to what it has become.
What to expect from this journal?
To begin, not too different from my previous reporting but more concise and with a few opinions. I love tracking politicians and the environment, what they say and what they actually do. It provides plenty of fodder. The rest will evolve
I tease my work on Twitter, @garyglx5 so let’s stay in touch.