James Harger

Over decades of covering the West Michigan business community, I kept hearing the refrain from employers: We need workers who are trained to do the job and able to learn the new jobs. Education is where the rubber hits the road in our community and  Kent ISD is one of the best highways our students have to get them into the workforce.

As a reporter for School News Network, I’m hoping to share with our employers, students and parents, how that training happens in the classrooms, laboratories and workshops that make Kent ISD a unique place for learning and life skills.

While my career has been devoted to journalism, education has been central to my family. My immigrant parents sacrificed to provide us with the best education opportunities available. My brother has gone on to become a nationally recognized high school and middle school teacher in Pittsburgh. My daughter teaches sixth-grade social studies in a Detroit charter school.

When I’m not writing articles for School News Network, I’m the Servanthood Leader for Immanuel Lutheran Church, a congregation in downtown Grand Rapids that has been central to my faith life since 1981. My hobbies include bicycling around West Michigan and working on my 1956 Chevy.

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James Harger
James Harger left School News Network in January of 2020. James previously reported on West Michigan's economy, courts and politics for The Grand Rapids Press and Mlive.com for more than 37 years. He also is employed as Servanthood Leader at Immanuel Lutheran Church in downtown Grand Rapids. A graduate of Central Michigan University, he also has worked for publications in Holland, Mount Pleasant and Lansing. He is married to Lisa and has one daughter, who lives in Ann Arbor.


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