Investigative Reporter, ACLU of Michigan
After working as a print journalist for 30 years, Curt Guyette became the ACLU of Michigan’s first investigative reporter in 2013, taking a newly created position funded by a grant from the Ford Foundation. He now exclusively covers issues involving Michigan’s emergency management law and open government.
In 2015, Curt began investigating the water situation in Flint, which was then under the control of a state-appointed “emergency manager.” Curt played a pivotal role in exposing the crisis of lead-contaminated water, and his reporting helped lay the foundation for criminal charges that have subsequently been brought against numerous local and state officials. In January of 2016, a little more than two years after he started covering his new “beat,” Curt was recognized as Michigan’s “Journalist of the Year” by the Michigan Press Association for his ground-breaking Flint work. The award helped validate an innovative approach to nonprofit journalism the ACLU of Michigan has helped pioneer.
A native of Pennsylvania, Curt graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in English writing. He is the recipient of numerous local, state and national journalism awards, including a Hillman Prize in 2016. The State Bar of Michigan has honored him three times for his outstanding coverage of legal issues.