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Michael Andersen is a contributor to the Nieman Journalism Lab. He was the founder of Portland Afoot, a nonprofit startup covering low-car life in Portland, Ore., and he writes about local-news entrepreneurship at He is currently an editor with He studied at Grinnell College and Northwestern; he’s impersonated a metal thief, a terrorist, and a panhandler; and he’s a pretty big fan of bread. Send yeast packets to
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