Joey Horan

Freelance writer, editor

Location icon United States of America

Toledo-based writer, editor, and multimedia journalist. Former Fulbright scholar in Brazil.

Michigan Radio
Fee or tax? Detroit's controversial drainage rate faces legal challenge

On July 1, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department completed its phase-in of a new drainage rate for residential properties. The department expects to collect $153 million from the rate in 2019, roughly $30 million more than it will collect from water rates.

Michigan Radio
Despite history of violations, hazardous waste facility in Detroit set to expand

US Ecology, an Idaho-based company, is close to receiving approval for a large expansion of its hazardous waste facility on Detroit's east side, near Hamtramck. The expansion would increase the facility's storage capacity nine-fold, from 76,000 to 677,000 gallons. In addition to storing hazardous chemicals, the facility also pretreats liquid waste before releasing it into Detroit's sewer system.

Michigan Radio
Instead of fines, jail time, offenders pay it forward at this Detroit court

For most misdemeanor offenses in Michigan, the likely punishment is a fine, jail time, or both. But each Wednesday in Detroit's 36th District Court, a different vision of justice plays out. That vision is based on the principles of restorative justice, the backbone of the Southwest Detroit Community Justice Center, which operates Detroit's only community court.

Belt Magazine | Dispatches From The Rust Belt
Big Ag vs. Lake Erie: How Ohio's Biggest Industry Threatens Its Greatest Resource - Belt Magazine

In late September, temperatures in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan eclipsed 90 degrees for six straight days. Perhaps those who lived further off the shores of Lake Erie worked their cognitive dissonance muscles enough to enjoy the extended summer, but there was no such pleasure for those living near the Western Lake Erie Basin.

Dirt People Productions
Dune People Teaser

Feature length documentary in post-production. Atins is a small, traditional fishing village undergoing rural gentrification due to a burgeoning tourism industry. Foreigners are buying up land for pennies on the dollar, displacing natives who move to the outskirts of town or to the nearest big city (Barreirinhas).