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John T. Reurink

Publisher, MIRS co-owner

John T. Reurink has served as publisher and CEO of Michigan Information & Research Service (MIRS) since January 1996. During his tenure, John has managed the firm from a photo copied newsletter with 100 subscribers to a web based political news service that attracts 40,000 visitors a month and informs 18,000 Michigan businesses each week on key Michigan public policy developments.

For the last eight years MIRS has been voted "best capitol coverage" by 60 percent of Lansing insiders according to a survey tabulated by the independent, Lansing based polling firm of EPIC/MRA.

John is a member of the Advisory Board of the Michigan Political Leadership Program (Institute for Public Policy and Social Research MSU) and serves on the Executive Board of National Online Legislative Associates (NOLA), a cooperative educational organization made up of capitol news and tracking services from across the United States. A 2008 Leadership Michigan graduate, John served the Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA) from 1990 to 1996, the last two years as Director of Communications.

Prior to joining the MMA John served as a communications assistant in the office of Budget Director under former Gov. James Blanchard. He earned his bachelor's in social science and justice in 1989 from James Madison College, Michigan State University.

Kyle Melinn

News Editor, MIRS co-owner

Kyle Melinn is the editor and Vice President of the MIRS Newsletter, a daily on-line political news service covering state government and politics. A professional journalist for 20 years who has covered the state Capitol for the last 13, Kyle regularly appears on Off the Record, 'The Big Show' with Michael Patrick Shiels and radio shows across the state.

He hosts a weekly podcast called MIRS Monday, available at or iTunes.

Before MIRS, Kyle served as a freelance writer for the Boston Herald and as a senior editor for

He has also covered government and politics for the The Daily Citizen, in Dalton, Ga.; The Yuma Daily Sun, in Yuma, Ariz.; and the Towne Courier in East Lansing.

Kyle has won the Associated Press Managing Editors Story of the Year Award in Georgia and in Arizona.

He is a graduate of Michigan State University, who grew up in Byron Center.

Tim Skubick

Senior Capitol Correspondent, free-lance writer for MIRS

Skubick brings over thirty years of experience to the staff of MIRS.

Laurie Mwakanandi

Legislative Services Specialist

Laurie has been with MIRS since September 1998. She currently serves as MIRS Legislative Specialist. She has assisted in bringing MIRS from a photo copied, hand delivered newsletter to an online political news organization which reaches over 20,000 businesses each month.

Prior to joining MIRS, Laurie worked as a small business owner and served as a Fiscal Budget Analyst to the Michigan House Fiscal Agency. She has a degree in Political Science from Calvin College.

Chris Galloway

Legislative Services Director

Manages MIRS Bill Hound legislative tracking service as well as collection of all bill related information and event scheduling. Chris comes to MIRS after serving as the Director of the Missouri Legislative Service.

Jacob Kanclerz

Covering the executive branch

Jacob covers the executive branch and its various agencies, boards and commissions for MIRS.

He previously worked as a general assignment reporter for The Advocate in Newark Ohio, where he covered breaking news, crime, government, education, religion and features. He also interned with The Columbus Dispatch in Columbus, Ohio as a business reporter.

Jacob graduated with a degree in journalism from Michigan State University and has previous Capitol reporting experience with MSU-based Capital News Service.

Lauren Gibbons

Senate Reporter

Lauren covers the state Senate for MIRS, returning to the publication two years after working here as an intern.

Previously, Lauren covered science, environment and statewide issues as an intern on the Metro & State desk for The Columbus Dispatch in Columbus, Ohio. She's also worked for The Grand Rapids Press, MLive Lansing, The Bay City Times/The Saginaw News and The Mackinac Island Town Crier, covering crime, politics, local government, features and everything in between.

Lauren graduated with degrees in journalism and history from Michigan State University and served as the managing editor of The State News, the school's independent newspaper.

Abigail Walls

House Reporter

Abigail Walls covers the Michigan House for MIRS.

She comes to MIRS from Washington D.C. where she worked in production and communucations strategy. Prior to her work in Washington, Walls served as communications director for the Michigan Forest Products Council in Lansing. She is a graduate of Albion College.

Vicki Miller

Administrative Assistant to the Publisher

Works to support customer access to in all aspects as well as performing design of books and almanacs as well as publication ads.

Mitchell Bean

Economic Correspondent

Bean served as the Director of the Michigan House Fiscal Agency, a nonpartisan agency within the Michigan House of Representatives. Agency personnel provide confidential, nonpartisan assistance to the House Appropriations Committee and all other members of the House on legislative fiscal matters.

Mitch was one of three voting members of the Michigan Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference which, by law, determines the official economic and revenue forecast that serves as the basis for the state budget.

Prior to his appointment as Agency Director, Mitch was the Chief Economist for the Michigan House of Representatives. He has extensive experience in forecasting Michigan's tax revenue, and has produced numerous publications on related topics. In addition, he has been a regular participant in discussions at the Midwest Economic Roundtable, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Combined, MIRS brings you the value of more than 100 years of experience. A level of news, legislative and state government experience that is simply second to none.