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
Health officials warn of third bacterium since Flint’s water crisis

FLINT, MI – One Flint woman says she hasn’t been able to safely go into her home since December 2016 after researchers found a rare bacterium in her water. “I’ve been screaming about it on and off on my Facebook page since November,” said Florlisa Stebbins. “My doctors say they will never be able to […]

Sneaker boutique holds Air Jordan I Retro High “Royal” fundraiser to raise money for Flint water crisis

HUNTINGTON, NY – There are two things Chase Ceparano knew when he was growing up. He would escape poverty and he would give back. Those reasons have fueled his desire to raise money and awareness for Flint’s water crisis even if it’s from his sneaker boutique in Huntington, NY. “Everything that my team and I […]

Man who called Flint’s mayor a ‘Black Racist’ says he doesn’t want any trouble

ROSEVILLE, MI – The man behind a postcard sent to Mayor Karen Weaver says he only wrote it after he disagreed with comments he says she made about President Donald Trump. “I was upset about it and when I hear someone being mean to someone else I have to do something about it,” said Edward […]

Judge denies Flint mayor’s request for protection order against man pushing recall efforts

FLINT, MI – A Genesee County judge has denied Flint Mayor Karen Weaver’s petition for a personal protection order against a man leading recall efforts to remove her from office. Weaver filed a petition for an expedited PPO against Flint resident Arthur Woodson who submitted recall language that was approved by the Genesee County Elections […]

Flint Mayor says she’s ‘fearful’ for her life

FLINT, MI – Documents filed with the Genesee County Personal Protection office say Flint Mayor Karen Weaver fears for her life. Weaver filed a PPO petition on March 21, 2017 against Flint resident Arthur Woodson who is leading recall efforts against her saying he has mental health issues and depression. “I need a personal protection […]

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver files personal protection order against man trying to remove her from office

FLINT, MI – Mayor Karen Weaver has filed a personal protection order against the Flint man trying to remove her from office, according to officials at the Genesee County Personal Protection office. The PPO was filed on March 21, 2017 and has been assigned to Genesee County Judge Joseph Farah. As of 4:30 p.m. on […]

Flint Water Crisis prompts ‘Flint Kids Are’ campaign

FLINT, MI – Flint kids are talented. Flint kids are dreamers. Flint kids are strong. Flint kids are healthy. A new campaign is making sure Flint children—and the rest of the world—see their full potential. The “Flint Kids Are” communications campaign is specifically designed to help Flint’s youngest navigate through the many messages about the […]

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver fights recall efforts to remove her from office

FLINT, MI – Flint Mayor Karen Weaver is appealing recall language to remove her from office. According to documents filed by Weaver’s attorney Kendall Williams on March 17, 2017 with the Genesee County Clerk’s office Weaver is looking to appeal recall language approved on March 8, 2017 by the Genesee County Election Commission. Under Michigan […]