About

NowKalamazoo is an independent, local news start-up that publishes high quality coverage of issues vital to the health of the Kalamazoo County community. Our journalism seeks to explain and emphasize stories that get to the heart of our community, identifying both problems that we face and potential solutions. NowKalamazoo’s current coverage is focused on issues of vital impact in community, including the covid-19 pandemic; injustice, racism in particular; mis-/dis-information; the homelessness crisis; and good governance.

In November 2019, NowKalamazoo published The Homefront, a deep-dive magazine to understand the state of the homelessness crisis in Kalamazoo County. Read it online here. In March 2020, we launched www.nowkalamazoo.com to cover the impact of and solutions for surviving the covid-19 pandemic on our community. In July 2020, we re-launched the website to include an expanded scope of coverage.

NowKalamazoo.com publishes news each day to help our community remain aware, safe, and connected during these trying times. Our goal is to help our readers be as informed as possible as easy as possible without overwhelming you with data and jargon. We want you to make the best choices for you and your family with calm and confidence, not panic and emotion.

NowKalamazoo independently operates under the fiscal sponsorship of the Public Media Network and is a journalism project created by Ben Lando, who serves as Publisher. Ben is a graduate of Loy Norrix High School and Western Michigan University. He began professional journalism in 2000 as a government and general assignment reporter for radio stations and newspapers in the Kalamazoo area. He spent 2006-2009 reporting for UPI in Washington, D.C. He lived in Baghdad, Iraq, from 2009-2013 as a freelance reporter for The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, The Economist and others, and founded the online news outlet iraqoilreport.com covering Iraq’s oil, politics, and security. He lives in Kalamazoo with his wife and four kids.

NowKalamazoo Commitment to Independence

NowKalamazoo is and always will remain fully independent. We are self-funded and rely on donations, sponsors, and grants to operate.

NowKalamazoo is dedicated to reporting and analysis that is thoroughly vetted and fair-minded, enabling readers to understand the crucial stories of our community and make their own decisions and opinions.

We view our independence as an integral piece of the value we bring to our readers and the Kalamazoo community. Our roots, our editorial focus, and our business decisions are truly local. We are not owned or influenced by anyone or any other decision-makers either here in town or in a headquarters in another state.

To fund this enterprise, NowKalamazoo depends on revenue from sponsors, donors, and grant-makers. Some may also subjects of our reporting. Consistent with journalistic best practices, NowKalamazoo maintains a strict firewall that removes business considerations from editorial decision-making. When we are choosing which stories to report and how to write them, our readers always come first.

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