IamA Flint, Michigan native and reporter who has been covering the city's lead-poisoned water crisis AMA
My short bio: I am Ron Fonger, reporter for The Flint Journal and MLive for the past 20 years. PROOF!
I’ve been writing about Flint’s water problems for nearly two years. Why am I doing this? Flint’s water problems (lead, TTHM and bacteria) didn’t start when they became a subject of national concern and debate attracting the attention of folks like u/MMFlint, u/bernie-sanders, and u/RevJesseJackson. They’ve been unfolding since the city started using the Flint River as the city’s water source in April 2014. We can talk about how this water crisis unfolded, who dropped the ball, and what’s being done to fix the problems.
For those of you not familiar with the current crisis here in Flint here’s a good video (alternative link for the video on Facebook for those who want to skip the ad) that breaks down the situation in 3-ish minutes. You can also find all the reports I’ve published on the crisis here.
You may have seen some of the photos captured by my coworker, Photographer Jake May, on the front page last week. Check out more of his moving images documenting how this crisis has weighed on our community. The folks from Virginia Tech who are behind the independent testing did an ama last month too, it has some great info if you happened to miss it.
It’s been a crazy day with Michigan Governor Snyder expected to release his emails related to the crisis today, but I’ll do my best to answer any questions you may have on this issue over the next couple hours. Thanks for having me.
EDIT: Thanks for all your questions. I have to duck out and catch up with some other stories in the works but feel free to keep posting questions this evening and I’ll check in when I can to answer them for you.