Motor City Muckraker revamps website for increased coverage of Detroit’s financial emergency

Downtown DetroitAlmost a year ago, we launched Motor City Muckraker to serve as an independent watchdog in a city where corruption, inequality, poverty and poor services have taken an immeasurable toll on many of Detroit’s 700,000 residents.

We’ve exposed government misspending, illegal scrapyards, deadbeat politicians, police abuse and a neglected arson epidemic. As the state takes over the city’s finances to reduce a ballooning $380 million deficit, we are increasing our coverage to monitor the impact of cuts and determine who profits from the takeover.

But we’re also are scouring the streets of Detroit for hours a day to tell the stories of unsung heros, squatters, graffiti artists, the mentally ill, drug peddlers, struggling families and slumlords.

To make way for the new level of coverage, we’ve revamped our website design. You’ll find more daily stories, videos, photo galleries and investigations.

If you have a story idea or tip or are interested in writing a column, send us an email.

We hope y0u enjoy the new site.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.