MICHIGAN — To expand both coverage of the Great Lakes Beacon, and Progress Michigan’s presence on the west side of the state, Progress Michigan announced today two new hires: Cayley Winters, a West Michigan Communications Organizer; and Evan Kutz, a Multimedia Reporter for Great Lakes Beacon.
The hires are examples of how Progress Michigan has grown over the last several years. The progressive advocacy and communications hub already has offices in Lansing and Detroit and the expansion to West Michigan represents a commitment to reaching the entire state.
Cayley Winters is a Michigan State Alumnae with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science, who has six years of experience in political organizing. She started her political career as a volunteer with Planned Parenthood of Michigan. Her biggest passions lie in reproductive justice and health care reform. Originally from Battle Creek, she now resides in Kalamazoo.
“I can’t wait to take the lessons I gained while organizing in Lansing the last few years and bring it home to my old stomping grounds on the westside,” Winters said. “Progress Michigan’s goal of lifting up progressive voices and empowering grassroots organizations is needed in West Michigan and I’m excited to get to work in the community.”
The hiring of a multimedia reporter for the Great Lakes Beacon, an independent news outlet, which is a project of Progress Michigan, will take the publication in a new direction focused more on video storytelling.
Evan Kutz recently graduated from Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, where he studied environmental reporting and documentary filmmaking. Kutz’s favorite stories to tell feature folks acting as agents for change in their communities.
“At the Great Lakes Beacon, I’m excited to share the stories of real, everyday Michiganders who are doing the hard work to change their communities and push for progressive change,” Kutz said. “There are stories across this state that aren’t being told and I look forward to lifting up those voices.”
“Progress Michigan continues to grow in both staff size and influence and I am proud to welcome Cayley and Evan to our team,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “They bring passion for progressive causes and a skillset that will make our organization that much better.”