Micheline Maynard

Ann Arbor, Mich.

Contributing columnist concentrating on Detroit, Michigan and the Midwest

Micheline Maynard is a contributing columnist for The Washington Post, concentrating on Detroit, Michigan and the Midwest. Her news career includes positions at United Press International, U.S. News & World Report, New York Newsday and Reuters. She was Detroit bureau chief for USA Today, and her work appeared for 10 years in the New York Times, where she was a reporter, Detroit bureau chief and senior business correspondent. She left the Times in 2010 to become senior editor of Changing Gears, a public media project looking at the future of the industrial Midwest. She also was senior editor
Latest from Micheline Maynard

How does Chicago’s once-gleaming Magnificent Mile get its luster back?

Like shopping centers across North America, the famous retail stretch is being abandoned — by both businesses and the city.

April 27, 2022

Why the pain of high gas prices hits so hard in the Midwest

I said goodbye to the last drops of my $3.19 per gallon gas from a Costco fill-up. The next one was even worse than I expected: $4.39.

April 7, 2022

How the Detroit area became a wellspring of Arab American political success

Unlike Black Detroiters, shut out of many suburbs by restrictive housing codes, Arab Americans were classified by census takers as White, giving them leeway to congregate in otherwise restrictive Dearborn.

March 9, 2022

Why Michigan’s independent redistricting has both parties in an uproar

The lofty goal appeared to be a pipe dream just a few years ago, but now it has been achieved — and it’s turning into something of a political nightmare.

February 7, 2022

Con tanto luto alrededor, la compasión debe convertirse en una política empresarial

Afortunadamente, varias empresas parecen estar avanzando en cuanto a respetar el duelo por muertes en esta pandemia de COVID-19, ya sea por compasión, para proteger sus resultados financieros, o ambos.

January 13, 2022

In the aftermath of the Michigan school shooting, students plead: Pay attention to our pain

These kids have been training for violent attacks since they were in kindergarten.

December 10, 2021

Economists may be upbeat, but consumers don’t live by data points

There's a big disconnect between what we're being told and what we're experiencing.

November 30, 2021

Another water crisis looms in Michigan. Is Benton Harbor the next Flint?

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer still has a chance to demonstrate competence in handling this mess, but time is getting short.

November 4, 2021

Don’t rant about short-staffed stores and supply chain woes

American consumers might have been spoiled, but generations of them have also dealt with shortages of some kind. Now it's our turn to make adjustments.

October 18, 2021