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Gongwer News Service/Michigan
101 S. Washington Square, Suite 540
Lansing, MI 48933
(517) 482-3500
Fax: (517) 482-4367
Email: gongwer@gongwer.com

Meet our staff:

Scott Miller, President

Scott Miller, President

Mr. Miller has been with Gongwer for nearly 20 years, having focused on daily reporting and editing duties in his early career. He is responsible for the company’s main business operations, and has done significant work in transitioning the century-old company to the Internet age. Born and raised in Michigan, Mr. Miller is a Miami University graduate and is a former president of the Ohio Legislative Correspondents Association. Outside of work, he is involved with youth leadership development, youth athletics and other community programs.

John Lindstrom, Publisher

John Lindstrom, Publisher

Mr. Lindstrom has been reporting and leading news coverage for the company for 26 years. A journalism graduate from Michigan State University where he worked for The State News, Mr. Lindstrom worked professionally at the Adrian Telegram, Fenton Independent and Crain’s Detroit Business. Along with the other Gongwer staff, Mr. Lindstrom has won several national reporting awards from Capitolbeat, the national organization of state house reporters. He handles subscriber and operational matters as well as reporting on a variety of issues.

Zachary Gorchow, Editor

Zachary Gorchow, Editor

Mr. Gorchow returned to Gongwer News Service in 2009 after serving as a staff writer from 1998-2005. In between, he spent four years at the Detroit Free Press, covering Wayne County and the city of Detroit. Prior to first working at Gongwer, he reported for Observer Newspapers in suburban Wayne County. He is an international relations graduate from Michigan State University, where he worked on the school's student newspaper, The State News. In addition to Mr. Gorchow's duties as editor, he also leads Gongwer's coverage of the governor's office. In 2015, he made The Washington Post's list of the best state political reporters in the United States.

Alethia Kasben, Staff Writer

Alethia Kasben, Staff Writer

Ms. Kasben joined Gongwer in 2013 after interning with the company in 2011. Ms. Kasben graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and public relations. Ms. Kasben has reported with The State News and Great Lakes Echo. She also did marketing and public relations work with the Downtown Anaheim Association in California. Ms. Kasben leads Gongwer’s coverage of the House.

Christopher Klaver, Staff Writer

Christopher Klaver, Staff Writer

Mr. Klaver, who came to Gongwer in 1992 after a stint with the Grand Traverse Business Journal, is an MSU journalism graduate whose experience includes reporting for the Capital News Service. His reporting is focused on state agencies and he guides information technology for the company.

Nick Smith, Staff Writer

Nick Smith, Staff Writer

Mr. Smith joined Gongwer News Service in June 2017 after more than five years of covering North Dakota state government and politics for The Bismarck Tribune in Bismarck, North Dakota. Before working at the Tribune, he spent more than two years with The Williston Herald in Williston, North Dakota, covering local politics and energy news. Prior to the Herald, he had short stints working at The Advertiser-Tribune in Tiffin, Ohio, and later at The Davison Index. He majored in journalism and minored in history at Central Michigan University, graduating in 2007. He’s a Port Huron native who spent most of his childhood in Davison. Mr. Smith leads Gongwer’s coverage of the Senate.