Mark Brush | In Memoriam

Mark Brush was Michigan Radio’s Digital Media Director. He began working at Michigan Radio in 1998 as a part-time production assistant. He went on to become co-manager of the Great Lakes Radio Consortium, an environmental news service for public radio stations. After GLRC changed its name to The Environment Report, he helped expand it to a daily news service that at its peak aired on 125 stations. He became the station’s first Digital Media Director in 2016 and in that role helped oversee the station’s digital strategy and moved the station toward publishing more online-first stories.

His many awards for his work at Michigan Radio included the station’s first regional Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative journalism, and numerous honors he shared with other reporters for coverage of the Flint water crisis.

Mark succumbed to a year-long battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer, in March, 2018. He was 49 years old.

Mark was a beloved member of the Michigan Radio team and played a vital part in the work we do. You can find recollections of Mark from our staff here. You can also find examples of some of Mark’s memorable stories here.

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Dustin Dwyer | Reporter / Producer

Dustin Dwyer reports enterprise and long-form stories from Michigan Radio’s West Michigan bureau. He was a fellow in the class of 2018 at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. He’s been with Michigan Radio since 2004, when he started as an intern in the newsroom. He left the station in 2010-2011 to be a stay at home dad, and returned to be part of the Changing Gears project, a collaboration between Michigan Radio, Ideastream in Cleveland and WBEZ in Chicago. From 2012 – 2017, he was part of the team for State of Opportunity, and produced several radio documentaries on kids and families in Michigan. He lives in Grand Rapids with his wife and three kids.

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