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MICHIGANNOW.ORG is a resource for news and information about how Michigan can succeed in the new economy.  Chris McCarus created our public radio news series in 2005. A former Peace Corps volunteer and BBC reporter, McCarus has traveled the world getting the story. He covers news from around the state and the country that reflects ingenuity, vision, hard work, and perseverance. He finds what puts Michigan at the forefront of the nation’s economic recovery.  Find him at

Our board consists of seasoned community development advocates. We have gone deep in both the private and public sector regarding agriculture, urban revitalization, mass transit and historic preservation.

Scott Everett grew up on a Vermontville, MI farm. He lives on small farm in Mason. Scott is considered one of Michigan’s top farmland preservation organizers. Scott has written extensively on a multitude of Michigan agricultural stories and his passion for the state’s agricultural development has lead to thorough understanding of the issues surrounding the preservation and use of our local farmland resources.                                                                                                                                                                        

Zhewei Dai  is a professor of mathematics at Alma College. She has spent ten years with her husband, children and parents living in Michigan’s only real co-housing community. It started with just a few of them buying neglected houses near the capitol and tearing out driveways to make a community garden and picnic area. Her 70 year old parents raised her with the grit they needed to survive the Cultural Revolution and the Great Leap Forward in Mao’s China. The parents are the work horses in the gardens, the kitchen and child raising.                                                                                                                                          

Marie Donigan was the most vocal and active voice for transit in the state house. She served from 2004-2010. She got several pieces of transit legislation passed. She is a trained landscape architect and lives in Royal Oak. Marie has been the source for many of our transit and rail stories.                                                                                                                                                            

Kevin McLogan was a thirty year veteran of the Detroit News. He oversaw production and distribution of the daily and weekend editions of the literal paper. During that time, Kevin earned an MBA and became adroit at computer programming. He’s a spreadsheet expert and now works for Verizon. He served several terms on the Royal Oak School Board and raised two sons, one of them a medical doctor.          

Dottie Foster is originally from Philadelphia. She manages the multi-million dollars real estate portfolio of the grass roots community development organizations, Central Detroit Christian. She met her husband who set them both on a path to become pastors. Dottie is the grandmother of a one-year old.