MIRS offers its customers more than 100 years of combined staff experience.

John T. Reurink Publisher, MIRS co-owner

John T. Reurink

Publisher, MIRS co-owner

John T. Reurink has served as publisher and CEO of Michigan Information & Research Service (MIRS) since January 1996. During his tenure, John has managed the firm from a photo copied newsletter with 100 subscribers to a web based political news service that attracts 40,000 visitors a month and informs 18,000 Michigan businesses each week on key Michigan public policy developments.

For the last 14 years MIRS has been voted “best capitol coverage” by Lansing insiders according to a survey tabulated by the independent, Lansing based polling firm of EPIC/MRA.  The 2019 survey found 66 percent of lawmakers, staff members, lobbyists and others around the Capitol voted MIRS most effective at covering the Captiol.

John is a member of the Advisory Board of the Michigan Political Leadership Program (Institute for Public Policy and Social Research MSU) and serves on the Executive Board of National Online Legislative Associates (NOLA), a cooperative, educational organization made up of capitol news and tracking services from across the United States.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Michigan Chamber Foundation and a 2008 Leadership Michigan graduate. He is a frequent guest on the Public Reality Radio in Grand Rapids that airs on a number of channels and is available online.

John served the Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA) from 1990 to 1996, the last two years as Director of Communications.

Prior to joining the MMA, John served as a communications assistant in the office of the State Budget Director under former Gov. James Blanchard. He earned his bachelor’s in social science and justice in 1989 from James Madison College, Michigan State University.

Kyle Melinn News Editor, MIRS co-owner

Kyle Melinn

News Editor, MIRS co-owner

Kyle Melinn is the editor and Vice President of MIRS. A professional journalist for 20 years who has covered the state Capitol for the last 13, Kyle regularly appears on Off the Record, ‘The Big Show’ with Michael Patrick Shiels and radio shows across the state.

He hosts a weekly podcast called MIRS Monday, available at www.mirsnews.podbean.com or iTunes.

Before MIRS, Kyle served as a freelance writer for the Boston Herald and as a senior editor for SchoolSports.com.

He has also covered government and politics for the The Daily Citizen, in Dalton, Ga.; The Yuma Daily Sun, in Yuma, Ariz.; and the Towne Courier in East Lansing.

Kyle has won the Associated Press Managing Editors Story of the Year Award in Georgia and in Arizona.

He is a graduate of Michigan State University, who grew up in Byron Center.

Tim Skubick Senior Capitol Correspondent, free-lance writer for MIRS

Tim Skubick

Senior Capitol Correspondent, free-lance writer for MIRS

Skubick brings over thirty years of experience to the staff of MIRS.  Tim began his career in capitol journalism with the swearing in of former Gov. William Milliken.  He’s been the host of Public Television’s Off the Record since 1972 where he’s won numerous awards.  In addition to contributing two stories a day to MIRS, Skubick also contributes to WWJ radio, WLNS and other outlets.

Laurie Mwakanandi Legislative Services Specialist

Mary Schab

Legislative Report Specialist

Mary has been with MIRS since 2018 and assists in the compilation of our House Action Report as well as curating press releases, committee meetings and other activities.

Jacob Kanclerz Covering the executive branch

Jacob Kanclerz

Covering the executive branch

Jacob covers the executive branch and its various agencies, boards and commissions for MIRS.

He previously worked as a general assignment reporter for The Advocate in Newark Ohio, where he covered breaking news, crime, government, education, religion and features. He also interned with The Columbus Dispatch in Columbus, Ohio as a business reporter.

Jacob graduated with a degree in journalism from Michigan State University and has previous Capitol reporting experience with MSU-based Capital News Service.

Mike Malott House Reporter

Mike Malott

House Reporter

Mike Malott covers the Michigan House for MIRS.

He was previously Managing Editor of the Livingston Daily Press & Argus where he oversaw the local news staff covering communities in and around Howell. Prior to that, he covered the state legislature as the Capitol Correspondent for the HomeTown Communications Network and Observer & Eccentric newspapers.

He is a graduate of Central Michigan University.

Lisa Roose-Church Judiciary Reporter

Lisa Roose-Church

Judiciary Reporter

Lisa Roose-Church covers the judiciary for MIRS.

She previously spent 13 years as the justice/court reporter for the Livingston Daily Press & Argus in Howell. She earned a 2016 Michigan Associated Press Media Editors Newspaper Contest 1st place award for best feature for “Convict expected free sandwich, got ID’d as a killer,” and 1st place for best spot news coverage for “3 Dead in 40-car pileup.”

Vicki Miller Administrative Assistant to the Publisher

Vicki Miller

Administrative Assistant to the Publisher

Works to support customer access to MIRSnews.com in all aspects as well as performing design of books and almanacs as well as publication ads.

Mitchell Bean Economic Correspondent

Mitchell Bean

Economic Correspondent

Bean served as the Director of the Michigan House Fiscal Agency, a nonpartisan agency within the Michigan House of Representatives. Agency personnel provide confidential, nonpartisan assistance to the House Appropriations Committee and all other members of the House on legislative fiscal matters.

Mitch was one of three voting members of the Michigan Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference which, by law, determines the official economic and revenue forecast that serves as the basis for the state budget.

Prior to his appointment as Agency Director, Mitch was the Chief Economist for the Michigan House of Representatives. He has extensive experience in forecasting Michigan’s tax revenue, and has produced numerous publications on related topics. In addition, he has been a regular participant in discussions at the Midwest Economic Roundtable, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Jack Spencer Correspondent

Jack Spencer


Jack has worked as Capitol Affairs Specialist with Capitol Confidential from 2011 to 2016; was MIRS House Reporter from 1998 to 2011; was Editor with Flint Advance Newspapers from 1996 to 1998; was law enforcement and local government reporter with the Big Rapids Pioneer from 1995 to 1996; was Editor of the Lake County Star from 1993 to 1995; was Night Editor with the Ionia Sentinel Standard from 1990 to 1993; prior to that he was Editor of the Shiawassee County Journal.

Combined, MIRS brings you the value of more than 100 years of experience. A level of news, legislative and state government experience that is simply second to none.