Brooke Allen

Producer and Host of Morning Edition

Brooke Allen is local producer and host for Morning Edition, airing 5am-9am weekdays on 90.5 FM WKAR. She also contributes human-interest features for Current State.

Allen joined WKAR in June 2016.

Before joining WKAR, Allen served as an anchor and reporter for WWJ Newsradio 950 in Detroit. During her time at WWJ, Allen interviewed young offenders and their attorneys for Second Chance, a broadcast series that sought to provide those serving time an opportunity to turn their lives around.

Allen has also presented a number of stories and interviews, working with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD ), telling the tragic plight of victims of alcohol-related crashes, something that has also personally affected her family.

Before her stint at WWJ, Allen served as a news and traffic reporter at a number of stations in Michigan and California, including KFI, KOST and JILL-FM.

Allen studied theatre and communications at Eastern Michigan University, and is a graduate of the Academy of Radio and Television Broadcasting in Huntington Beach, California.

When not delivering the news, you can find Allen acting in professional and community theatres.

On the Feb. 24-25 edition of Current State: neighbors struggling with floodwaters & how you can help; learn where Michigan's gubernatorial candidates stand on gun debate; learn about Dolores Huerta and why she's coming to MSU; two Lansing men make sure dozens of children see Black Panther movie and helping feed fish thanks to whiskey by-products.


Erik in WKAR Studio
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WLNS-TV meteorologist Erik Kostrzewa joined WKAR Morning Edition host Brooke Allen in studio on Thursday morning to talk about the conditions that caused the severe flooding around the Lansing area. He also explained why driving in even 2-feet of water is terribly dangerous and what's created an epidemic of potholes in our area. 


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On Wednesday, Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs' Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation director Andrew Brisbo updated WKAR's Brooke Allen about the business licensing process. He also discussed a deadline on February 15. 


On this edition of Current State, we travel to Maryland to see how the Nassar case has affected opinions of the parents of young gymnasts; hear from two new members of the Lansing School District Board of Trustees; Author Rochelle Riley explains why not learning African-American history could be a detriment to all Americans; plus insight into Korean culture from a student at MSU and much more. 


Brooke Allen
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After being off the air since December 26, 2017, WKAR "Morning Edition" host Brooke Allen will return to the airwaves. She talked with "All Things Considered" host Karel Vega about where's she been for the last few weeks.

  

We look ahead to what the Michigan legislature will tackle in 2018; the remarkable singing career of Anita Baker as she prepares for a farewell tour; Jackson's new mayor Derek Dobies; MSU's top ranking in college basketball; an East Lansing place where you can volunteer and more. 


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Lansing mayor Virg Bernero talked with Morning Edition host Brooke Allen about what's left for him to do before leaving on January 1, 2018. 


Current State for Dec. 16-17, 2017

Dec 17, 2017

On the December 16-17, 2017 edition of Current State we talk with Rachel Denhollander, the first woman to publicly accuse MSU gymnastics physician Larry Nassar of sexual abuse; hear from a reporting team about why #MeToo may not apply to cases of black women sexually assaulted in Michigan; update you on medical marijuana licensing in Michigan; visit Puerto Rico months after Hurricane Maria; learn about a new way of treating invasive species; and meet a YouTube sensation with ties to MSU. 


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Ann Arbor mayor Christopher Taylor joined WKAR's Brooke Allen for "Mondays with the Mayor" on December 11th. 


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Just days after Gov. Rick Snyder issued rules policing medical marijuana businesses, we learned how the  the state will begin accepting license applications under a new regulatory system. Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs' Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation director Andrew Brisbo talked about the process with WKAR's Brooke Allen on "Morning Edition." 


Facebook page of Michigan Dept. of Civil Rights

The state department of Civil Rights wants you to know that it is a resource for filing sexual harassment claims. Director Dr. Agustin Arbulu spoke on "Morning Edition with Brooke Allen" on Thursday.  


City of Battle Creek

Emmett Township supervisor Tim Hill and Pennfield Township supervisor Dave Morgan joined Morning Edition with Brooke Allen on Monday, December 4 for the weekly "Mondays with the Mayor" segment.


On the December 2-3, 2017 edition of Current State we explore everything from sexual misconduct investigations to why high speed broadband is scarce in some parts of Michigan to special K-9's to new safety equipment for Michigan drivers this winter.

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With the public learning of new cases of sexual harassment and assault coming to light, WKAR's Brooke Allen talked with Christina DeJong, Ph.D. She is an associate professor at Michigan State University's College of Social Science School of Criminal Justice. 

WKAR Staff: "What We Are Thankful For"

Nov 22, 2017
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This is Thanksgiving week 2017. WKAR hosts, reporters, interns and more are sharing what they're thankful for and a favorite word associated with "Thanksgiving."


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