Raine Kuch, a freelance journalist from the greater Kalamazoo area, has also reported for WMUK News, Encore Magazine, and US News and World Report. She also worked over two years at the Public Media Network, where she created three separate journalism initiatives designed to get community members more involved with news media. Raine's coverage includes housing and homelessness, criminal justice, community organizers, and mental health. She believes that it is important to center the voices of those directly impacted by local issues in her stories.
A consultant hired by the city of Kalamazoo didn’t just recommend 40 policy changes, it also suggested better communication to the community and a police department more receptive to critique – two ways to avoid a repeat of the summer of 2020.
A consultant recommended dozens of changes to Kalamazoo city administration and police policies following the controversial summer of 2020 protests. Over a year later, a quarter of them have yet to be fully completed.
The contract talks covering a third of library workers are stuck on wages and hours.