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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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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 […]

Local church says they are not cutting checks to pay just any water bill

FLINT, MI – Officials at a local church say they can help some people with water related bills but they are not cutting checks to everyone. A Facebook rumor that Woodside Church in Flint is cutting checks to pay Flint residents’ water bills is not true. “We will do everything we can to help but […]

See what Flint City Councilman Eric Mays had to say about pawning his city issued laptop

FLINT, MI – A Flint City Council member has filed an complaint against Councilman Eric Mays for pawning his city issued laptop. Councilman Scott Kincaid says when Mays pawned the laptop issued to him after he took seat on the council he was misusing city property. “It was a misuse of public equipment owned by […]

A Flint city councilman faces scrutiny for pawning his city issued laptop

FLINT, MI – Flint City Councilman Eric Mays says he fell on hard times and pawned his city issued laptop for $100. The laptop was issued to Mays after he came into office November 2013. Mays said he has plans to make good on the $100 loan with Music Man Pawnshop located across the street […]

Flint Mayor creates loosely regulated fund after water funds diversion allegations, report says

FLINT, MI – A sworn testimony revealed that Flint Mayor Karen Weaver and her adviser Aonie Gilcreast allegedly created a loosely regulated fund weeks after Weaver fired former City Administrator Natasha Henderson. A May 22, 2017 ABC12 report says, both Weaver and Gilcreast opened a 527 fund, which is loosely regulated. The fund was allegedly […]

Flint City Council puts end to threats of property liens during city’s water crisis

FLINT, MI – The Flint City Council voted 8 – 0 in favor of a moratorium putting a stop to potential liens on thousands of properties in Flint for overdue utility bills. The decision came after Flint Mayor Karen Weaver’s office issued lien threat notices to nearly 8,000 Flint property owners. “This is not right,” […]