TaglineAccountability journalism in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Year Founded2009
Type or CoverageGeneral
CityAnn Arbor
Business TypeFor-profit
Revenue SourcesNational Ads
Revenue SourcesSubscriptions
Institutional SupportNo Institutional Support
Staff Size (Business)1
Staff Size (Editorial)2-5
Active Volunteers1-10
Mappin LocationAnn Arbor - Michigan
Principal StaffPD Lesko
DescriptionWhen the daily Ann Arbor News announced in July 2009 that it would cease publication and be replaced by a two day a week print product with a website the college town of Ann Arbor Mich. suddenly became after 174 years a city without a daily newspaper. That’s when Patricia Lesko a higher-education book publisher and thirty-year resident saw an opening. She launched her own news site A2Politico within days of the newspaper’s closing. Lesko who also ran for mayor as a Democrat in 2010 assumed that the end of the Ann Arbor News as a daily publication meant that residents would be soon be searching for an alternative if they hadn’t already. The Ann Arbor News Lesko says “was dubbed ‘The Snooze.’ They never really pursued investigative or accountability journalism. It was always lacking.”
Profile on CJRhttp://www.cjr.org/news_startups_guide/2011/07/a2politico.php