April Van Buren

Current State Producer

April Van Buren is a producer for Current State with Mark Bashore. She produces daily segments and co-directs the show. She has a special interest in covering education and the environment. April also is the lead producer for Pop-Up Stories, a mobile storytelling project produced in collaboration with MSU's Residential College in the Arts and Humanities. 

Before coming to WKAR in September 2014, April worked as a reporting intern at WBEZ in Chicago where she covered public policy issues as part of the station's Front and Center series. She also helped produce the station's After Water series, a project looking at the potential impacts of climate change on the Great Lakes region. 

April was born in Billings, Montana, but calls Grand Rapids home. She graduated from Harvard University in 2012 with a degree in American History and Literature. 

Current State speaks with Gold Medal-winning gymnast Jordyn Wieber of DeWitt about her life after deciding to stop competing.


MSU tiny house photo
April Van Buren / WKAR

Some MSU students are thinking big and building small with the campus's first tiny house. We talk to Tiffany Pupa about the "Sparty's Cabin" being built inside the MSU Surplus Center.

Chuck Upshaw photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR

We have another story from our most recent Pop-Up Stories event, this time from Chuck Upshaw.

Ben Gordon / flickr creative commons

Flint isn’t the only city that could see massive lead service line replacement if the state officials have their way. The big question is who will foot the bill for a massive water infrastructure overhaul. We talk to Garret Ellison, environmental reporter for MLive.

Morel mushroom photo
LadyDragonflyCC - >;< / flickr creative commons

It's time to head out in search of morel mushrooms in Michigan. Current State talks with Sister Marie Kopin of the Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club.