Eric Chiu

Eric Chiu


Swartz Creek native leads Honor Guard in inaugural parade

More than 900,000 people are expected to be in Washington, D.C. for President Barack Obama’s inauguration today. Among them is expected to be former Swartz Creek resident and Air Force Major Ryan VanVeelen, 33, who will lead an 88-member procession of Air Force members in the inaugural parade. Link to Story

Mock plane crash at Flint's Bishop International Airport gives emergency personnel valuable practice

Flames spilled off of the tail and wings of a mockup airplane in the parking lot of Bishop International Airport on Thursday, May 16, as medical officials practiced treating simulated plane crash victims. Unlike a real accident scene, grilled hot dogs were ready for emergency staff once their practice was done. Link to Story

Sports Creek Raceway disappointed with Snyder veto

An official with one of the four remaining horse race tracks in Michigan said he is disappointed with Gov. Rick Snyder's veto of a bill that would have allowed new gambling at the tracks. Link to Story

New Generation of Technology Companies Pressing Government for Favorable Treatment

It marks how the political landscape has rapidly shifted for computer and Internet companies, with Washington nonentities of just a few years ago now ranking among the most prominent players in the capital. Link to Story

Unassuming assisted living home caters to veterans

To reach Pleasant Lake Assisted Living, you have to drive past miles of farmland and barren forests in rural Lapeer County. After going onto the side road to Pleasant Lake, there's no sign or parking lot that points to the facility. Link to Story

Air Transport Industry Lobbying Cruising at High Altitudes

The Continental Flight 3407 report stopped short of naming pilot fatigue as a cause for the plane's crash landing, but dissatisfaction over issues such as salaries and working conditions initially helped bring air transport unions and the victims' families together. Both groups continue to share the same concerns, according to Gregg Overman, director of communications for the Allied Pilots Association, a trade union for American Airlines pilots. Link to Story

Hundreds come to send-off for soldiers ahead of deployment to Afghanistan

Friends and family members of the Michigan National Guard's 144th Military Company packed into the Corunna High School gymnasium Sunday, March 17 for a public sendoff ceremony before the soldiers’ deployment to Afghanistan. Link to Story

U.S. Rep., victims highlight awareness of sexual assault

But the speakers also had a shared message for victims of sexual assault: hope. Around 40 people came out to the YWCA of Greater Flint, 310 E. Third St. Monday, April 29, for a “Speak Up, Speak Out” event that focused on increasing awareness about sexual assault. During the event, multiple speakers discussed sexual assault and its impact for communities and victims. Link to Story


Eric Chiu

My reporting and writing have appeared at outlets including Yahoo, The Awl, Flint Journal, The International Business Times, The Classical, The A.V. Club Local, Laptop Magazine and the Center for Responsive Politics. They've also been linked at sites including the New York Times, Romenesko, Business Insider,, FishbowlNY/Mediabistro and the Wall Street Journal.