Jiquanda Johnson
Flint Beat‘s founder and publisher, Jiquanda Johnson is a Flint-area native with more than 16 years of experience in journalism including print, television and digital media. She has worked for The Detroit News, NBC25, Fox and MLive Media Group/The Flint Journal, where she covered the city of Flint. As a reporter covering Flint for MLive, Jiquanda discovered that the community needed a news publication focused only on Flint, Mich. Flint Beat was launched on March 13, 2017 to fill that need.
Jiquanda Johnson Articles
Film examines systemic issues while giving a glimpse into the lives of Flint cops

FLINT, MI — It’s like being naked in front of strangers, people seeing little details of your life that they never had the privilege of knowing. “Flint Town” takes viewers from the gritty streets of Flint as police officers canvass neighborhoods with little to no manpower into cops homes introducing us to a world that […]

It’s a bumpy ride out there: Crews set to fix Flint potholes

FLINT, MI – For some, driving through Flint compares to navigating an obstacle course as drivers try to dodge potholes on city streets. City of Flint officials say they are set to tackle Flint’s pothole issue that is plaguing drivers after the city’s winter months. “We have already started patching potholes per the plan and […]

Woman alleges prominent Flint pastor assaulted her son, attorney says it’s not true

FLINT, MI — A local pastor has been accused of allegedly assaulting a six-year-old Flint boy. According to Flint Police officials, a complaint was filed against a prominent Flint pastor on Feb. 9, 2018, by the mother of a six-year-old boy who said her son was assaulted by the pastor while at school. An attorney […]

‘He didn’t deserve this,’ says peer of 10-year-old boy’s death

FLINT. MI — He was a typical 10-year-old boy. Jacques Allen loved to watch YouTube, go fishing and sledding and hanging out with friends. So far, everyone says the same thing. Jacques was just a “good kid.” “He loved to dance. He loved his game. He was loved. He was kind. He was sharing. He […]

Civil Rights leader, Flint mayor advocate Rev. Jesse Jackson diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease

FLINT, MI — One of Flint Mayor Karen Weaver’s biggest supporters has announced that he has Parkinson’s Disease. Civil Rights leader and political activist, Rev. Jesse Jackson, told the public in a press release, Nov. 17 that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease after undergoing a number of tests. “Throughout my career of service God has […]

Doctor claps back after state cancels fourth water committee meeting

FLINT, MI — A committee appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to work on Flint water crisis issues has canceled its fourth meeting in a row. Flint Water Interagency Coordinating Committee appointee Dr. Lawrence Reynolds said there are a number of issues that could have been discussed in the meeting originally scheduled for Nov. 16. “Dear […]

Event to feed hundreds of needy Flint families

FLINT — Organizers of a free Thanksgiving holiday event are making preparations to feed hundreds of needy families in the Flint area. Blessed to Be Blessing, in its ninth year, will take place Tuesday, Nov. 21 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Center for Hope located at 517 E. Fifth Street in Flint. The event features […]

Flint rapper takes on politics, urges community to head to the polls

FLINT, MI — After watching political tensions in Flint including the city’s controversial trash dispute and a mayor recall effort, Ira Dorsey who is known for his work with Flint’s Dayton Family said it was time for the community to step up. The rapper used his lyrical skills to shed light on Flint’s water crisis […]

Recall investigation called for background check on man seeking to remove Flint mayor, police say

FLINT, MI – The Flint Police Department say they did nothing wrong in doing a criminal background check on the man who pushed recall efforts against Flint Mayor Karen Weaver. Flint Deputy Police Chief Devon Bernritter sent a reply to the Michigan State Police regarding a 90-day notice asking Flint Police to explain a Law […]

Investigation launched into whether Flint Police conducted an illegal criminal background check

FLINT, MI — The Michigan State Police is investigating whether someone within the Flint Police Department ran an illegal criminal background check on the man who pushed recall efforts to remove Flint Mayor Karen Weaver from office. Arthur Woodson, who launched a recall against Weaver earlier this year, filed a complaint with MSP in August […]