Theo began writing for newspapers when he was 16. His print experience includes award-winning work at Bloomberg News, where he covered the auto industry in Detroit as a member of Bloomberg’s transportation team. He has also covered assignments for The Saginaw News, his hometown newspaper. His exclusive reports gained recognition at both media outlets.


Auto retail (earnings and sales)


Jonathan Alcorn — Bloomberg

EXCLUSIVE: Dealers Beg for Cars as Automakers’ Newfound Discipline Curbs Sales (Aug. 11, 2010) NOTE: I interviewed car dealers, company executives and analysts to discover a trend in auto retail: Dealers who were once flooded with inventory now howled they didn’t have enough.

GM, Ford Profits Show Dealer Networks Healthier, Urban Science Says (Aug. 12, 2010)

BMW’s July U.S. Sales Rise 16 Percent, Gains on Lexus (Aug. 3, 2010)

U.S. Auto Sales May Reach 2010 High as Closeout Deals Lure Buyers (Aug. 2, 2010)

AutoNation CEO Says Vehicle Sales Still in Depression (July 22, 2010)

Auto Dealers’ Sales May Reach Two-Year High as Small Shops Shut (July 21, 2010)

Mercedes, BMW Boost U.S. Sales on ‘Ann Taylor’ Shoppers (July 1, 2010)

Auto Sales May Stall as Shaken Buyers Lead ‘Tortoise-Like’ U.S. Recovery (June 30, 2010)

Transportation stories


Jeff Kowalsky — Bloomberg

EXCLUSIVE: Autoworkers Adjust to Jobs Bank’s End as GM, Ford Seek to Rebound (Aug. 24, 2010) NOTE: I interviewed autoworkers and labor experts for a story about the vilified jobs bank and concessions made by the United Auto Workers. The story won a national SABEW ‘Best in Business’ award.

Magna Plan to End Stronach’s Control Gets Court OK(Aug. 17, 2010)

Dollar Thrifty Says Avis’ $1.33 Billion Counteroffer ‘Problematic’(Aug. 3, 2010)

Magna Stockholders Vote to End Dual-Class Shares, Founder’s Grip (July 23, 2010)


Tim Boyle — Bloomberg

Union Pacific CEO Says Congress Discouraging Rail Investment (July 23, 2010) NOTE: My interview with the chief executive of Union Pacific, the largest U.S. rail company, led to a story featured in multiple rail industry publications.

Ford, GM Lead Imports in J.D. Power Appeal Study, First Time Since ’97 (July 15, 2010)

U.S. Highland Plummets After Plane Crash Kills President, Other Officers(July 12, 2010)


NOTE: Because of an update to’s system, the name of the editor posting the story appears in the story’s byline.

CURBING WASTE: A series examining the recession’s impact on recycling in Saginaw County

Alex Slitz — The Saginaw News

Out of sorts? Poor economy crimps demand for recyclables (Feb. 15, 2009) NOTE: A month of reporting led to a three-day series on how the recession had affected Saginaw County’s recycling market.

Bins scattered around Saginaw could ease recycling dropoffs (Feb. 16, 2009)

Recycling profits offset trash pickup in good economic times (Feb. 16, 2009)

Investigative work on Saginaw County’s infrastructure

David A. Sommers — The Saginaw News

EXCLUSIVE: Saginaw County bridges top state for poor condition (July 31, 2008) NOTE: As I investigated why the state Transportation Department would take more time to fix fewer problems on the Zilwaukee Bridge, I found a list ranking the county’s bridges as the worst in the state. My exclusive reports were at the top of A1 the next day.

EXCLUSIVE: Keeping its bearings (July 31, 2008)

Task force poses road fixes; voters unlikely to agree (Aug. 12, 2008)

I-675 ramps to close to Memorial Day traffic (May 21, 2008)

Business stories

Melanie Sochan — The Saginaw News

Times tough on pets, too (Dec. 31, 2008)

Repairman from TV’s early days likes what he sees(Aug. 11, 2008)

Chesaning Redi-Mix expanding (Aug. 9, 2008)

Texan customers must hit the road (Aug. 28, 2008)

MBS: Dire report false (June 27, 2008) NOTE: Other local news outlets followed with the news the next day.

Making due when money is tight(June 9, 2008)

General assignment reporting

Jessica Scott — The Saginaw News

Cleanup could stretch into September (June 11, 2008)

Feeling powerless (June 10, 2008 — With Paul Wyche) NOTE: I joined a team of reporters and worked long hours to cover the destruction after strong storms ripped through Saginaw.

CouchSurfing to get off beaten path (Jan. 10, 2009)

Hemlock native to receive honors at the All-American Bowl (Jan. 3, 2009)

Streetscape project includes eliminating a traffic light(Aug. 4, 2008)

Throng of volunteers expands Saginaw Habitat refurbishing project (July 26, 2008)

Saginaw priest heads to Haiti to lend a hand (July 4, 2008)

Jeff Schrier — The Saginaw News

Golden anniversary lives on (June 27, 2008) NOTE: An ironic welcome sign at a shuttered downtown Saginaw hotel led me on a month-long search to find the couple the sign once honored.

City of Frankenmuth violated state’s Open Meetings Act(Aug. 8, 2008)

Frankenmuth mayor ejects pool activist from meeting (Aug. 6, 2008)

Frankenmuth ‘resident’ in a recall bind (July 12, 2008)

Frankenmuth resident vows recall over closed pool(July 4, 2008)

Plans from the past (May 30, 2008)