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Story tips or ideas? Do you represent an institution or organization involved in or impacted by COVID-19 and would like us to know what you are doing? Send an email to tips@nowkalamazoo.com. Likewise, add that email address to your media distribution lists.

NowKalamazoo – a locally-owned, independent news start-up – wants to help our community cut through the noise on social media, and understand how the global COVID-19 pandemic is going to impact our health and way of life.

In November 2019, NowKalamazoo published The Homefront, a deep-dive into the homelessness crisis in Kalamazoo County. Read it online here. It’s archived on the website of our publishing partner, Encore Magazine.

This website is now a community dashboard of resources, the most important updates about COVID-19 in Kalamazoo County, and other essentials to staying safe, happy, and connected during these trying times.

Our goal is to help you be as informed as possible as easy as possible without overwhelming you with data and jargon (though we are providing all of the original sources and studies we are using). We want you to make the best choices for you and your family with calm and confidence, not panic and emotion.

This site was re-launched on March 16, 2020, and will continue to be updated and evolve to better serve you, our neighbors.

If you have any information you would like included or any tips, please email tips@nowkalamazoo.com.

NowKalamazoo’s coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic in Kalamazoo County is produced by Ben Jones, Fritz Klug, Catherine Cartier, and Ben Lando. NowKalamazoo is owned by Zoo City Enterprises Inc.

Ben Lando, Publisher of NowKalamazoo, 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.

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