Anna Gustafson

Anna Gustafson

Anna Gustafson is the assistant editor at Michigan Advance, where her beats include economic justice, health care and immigration. Previously the founder of the Muskegon Times and the editor at Rapid Growth Media in Grand Rapids, Anna has worked as an editor and reporter for news outlets across the country. She began her journalism career reporting on state politics in Wisconsin and has gone on to cover government, racial justice and immigration reform in New York City, education in Connecticut, the environment in Wyoming, and more.

In Michigan, DeSantis describes his enemies: The ‘legacy’ media and the ‘woke’ left

By: - April 7, 2023

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had a long list of people, groups and ideas he took issue with during a visit to Hillsdale College in southern Michigan Thursday night. The Republican went after the “woke” left; the concept of “diversity, equity and inclusion,” which he liked to deem “division, exclusion, and indoctrination;” a public education system […]

In wake of Nashville school shooting, Oxford students hold walkout to demand change

By: - April 6, 2023

When the clock struck 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, the classroom doors at Oxford High School opened. Students streamed out of them. They walked, determinedly, to a school gymnasium. Standing in a circle, they spoke the words that students across the United States are saying in the wake of yet another mass shooting at a school: Children should […]

‘They’re trying to distract and divide us’

By: - August 12, 2022

A new national nonprofit is organizing parents, teachers and students in Michigan to fight right-wing activism in education, including Republican-led legislation that critics say will silence educators attempting to teach about race and racism. The organization, the Campaign for Our Shared Future, launched in 2021 and has since gone on to identify 15 states — including Michigan, […]

One Year Anniversary Parkland tragedy

This Republican says background checks, anonymous reporting can curb gun violence

By: - December 10, 2021

The day before 17 people died in a shooting at a Florida high school, U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) was visiting Southwest Michigan’s Portage Central High School while it held a live shooter drill. “That never happened when I was a student,” Upton said during a recent phone interview with the Michigan Advance. “It was pretty […]