About Us

About Courier Newsroom

The ‘Gander is owned and operated by Courier Newsroom, a civic media company with eight state-based newsrooms. Our mission is to protect and strengthen our democracy through credible, fact-based journalism that seeks to create a more informed, engaged, and representative America. 

We reach audiences who are not regularly engaging with civic information, and who are unlikely to subscribe to paywalled journalism. As part of that effort, we deliver much of our reporting on the social platforms our readers use most frequently.

Courier’s newsrooms practice independent, point-of-view journalism. You can read about The ‘Gander’s values in the statement below. The managing editor of each site, in addition to Courier Newsroom’s VP of Content, has sole discretion and control over the editorial process.

Courier Newsroom is a public benefit corporation owned by Good Information Inc., and is supported by reader contributions, sponsors, philanthropic donations, and corporate underwriting. We maintain an editorial firewall between our newsrooms and underwriters, sponsors, and donors. We do not accept funding from any national or state political party, party committee, candidate, or campaign.

See Courier’s website for additional information about our national team and our funding model.

Contributions or gifts in support of The ‘Gander’s journalism are not tax deductible as charitable contributions.
The ‘Gander is part of the Courier Newsroom network. All payments will be made to Courier Newsroom.

The ‘Gander: Here’s Where We’re Coming From

The ‘Gander is a newsroom of hometown journalists with a modern take on sharing information and telling stories that need to be told in our community. We know living, working, and building our families in Michigan means not just breaking down important information that shapes those experiences for us; it also means doing it with our values front and center. 

For instance, we believe protecting our natural resources and the environment we are so lucky to live in should be a shared goal. 

We stand by making our state’s public school system even stronger and safer, getting more support for our kids and their families—not to mention the hero teachers who go above and beyond. 

We believe that talking politics is not for the rich and powerful on TV. It’s what happens over the kitchen table. It’s the discussions we are all having in our towns about the issues that affect us most, like our economic future.

We also believe in the value of being a champion for leaders whose effectiveness has a direct impact on our communities, and we pledge to hold accountable those whose leadership is marred by corruption. 

Finally, we know Michiganders have unique stories that capture what it’s like to live here. Along with those stories, we share the information you can use to feel more empowered in your own hometown.

While other newsrooms seek clicks and paid subscriptions to stay alive, we stand firm in our mission to be public servants in our journalism in order to protect democracy and overcome divisions by building pride in what we share and hold dear as Michiganders. By ensuring more families have access to fact-based information that centers their voices and the issues they care about, we believe they will be inspired to become more civically engaged—not only on Election Day, but every day.   


Tara McGowan

Current Courier Newsroom Properties