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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.
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Flint NAACP to hold city council candidate forum

FLINT, MI — Flint’s NAACP will hold a Flint City Council candidate forum on Tuesday, June 27 and Thursday, June 29, 2017 at the Flint Public Library. The forum, “A Candidate’s Forum,”  is being hosted by the Flint Branch of the NAACP Political Action Committee from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on both days in the […]

Flint City Council meeting postponed following Bishop Airport attack

FLINT, MI – A Flint City Council meeting was cancelled today after officials heightened security at city hall following a stabbing at Bishop International Airport. Lt. Jeff Neville was stabbed in the neck today by a Canadian-born suspect causing law enforcement officials to evacuate and close Bishop Airport. “We did not know what we were […]

The battle of two youth programs – Flint city officials go toe to toe

FLINT, MI – It’s a battle of programs. Two programs both created to serve Flint youth – One being supported by Flint City Council and another that has favor from Flint Mayor Karen Weaver’s administration. But so far, no one knows what the future will bring for either financially. Both parties held press conferences on […]

Mayor demands apology from Steve Harvey over insensitive Flint water crisis comment

FLINT, MI – Flint Mayor Karen Weaver is demanding an apology from comedian Steve Harvey after he made comments about the city’s water crisis. “As Mayor for the City of Flint, and someone who has been on your show and spoken with you personally about the “Flint Water Crisis.” I was deeply saddened by your […]

State-appointed board postpones decision on liens on thousands of Flint homes

FLINT, MI – The state-appointed board overseeing Flint’s finances say they are holding off on a decision as to whether a move by the Flint City Council to prevent liens from being placed on thousands of homes in the city will stand. The Receivership Transition Advisory Board voted to revisit a moratorium Flint City Council […]

Former Flint Mayor seeks to nab Michigan state House seat

FLINT, MI – Being Flint’s leader is not on former Mayor Dayne Walling’s to do list. Walling who has run for Flint mayor four times says he still has work to do but he plans to take it to a state level. “I love Flint and always will but I know after serving two terms […]

Confidential memo regarding background check on mayor’s adviser leaked to public

FLINT, MI – Flint Interim City Attorney Angela Wheeler has warned City Council members of a breach of confidentiality after an email was sent out to non-city officials regarding whether Mayor Karen Weaver’s adviser Aonie Gilcreast had been vetted. The memo, dated June 2, 2017, was sent to council members from Wheeler after Councilwoman Jackie […]

Potential witnesses questioned during probe into reports that a Flint official pawned his city-owned laptop

FLINT, MI – Flint Police officials say they are actively investigating a complaint filed against Flint City Councilman Eric Mays for pawning his city-issued laptop. Flint Police Department Sgt. Patrick Brady said he is looking into a complaint filed by Flint City Council Scott Kincaid regarding reports on May 23, 2017 that Mays pawned a […]

Read the documents surrounding a whistleblower lawsuit against Flint Mayor Karen Weaver

FLINT, MI — Mayor Karen Weaver and the City of Flint have been engulfed in a whistleblower lawsuit filed by former City Administrator Natasha Henderson. Henderson, who was hired by former Emergency Manager Darnell Earley, filed a federal lawsuit May 2016 saying she was fired from her job after asking Flint’s legal department to investigate […]

Lawsuit alleges Flint City Council President helped embezzle millions of dollars from church

FLINT, MI – Members of a Flint church have filed a civil lawsuit against five people including Flint City Council President Kerry Nelson after claims that millions of dollars went unaccounted for. Four members at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church allege that Nelson along with the church’s pastor, Rev. Lewis Randolph, his son, Dietrick Randolph who […]