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.

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Every year, the owner of the Dunkin Donuts store in Okemos buys Michigan State University Spartan shirts for his employees.  This year, he had a touching experience while purchasing the shirts. 


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60,000 people are expected to gather for the annual Labor Day walk across the Mackinac Bridge. There will be major security restrictions this year. 


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Nathan Moore, associate professor of the Department of Geography, Environment and Spacial Sciences at Michigan State University talks with WKAR's Brooke Allen about Hurricane Harvey's impact on Houston. 


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On the August 21 "Monday Morning with the Mayor" segment, Morning Edition host Brooke Allen talked with DeWitt mayor Sue Leeming about what makes her community standout.  She's also talking about possible changes to city hall. 


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WKAR's Brooke Allen talks with Delhi Township Supervisor and Holt Public Schools Superintendent Dr. David Hornak about issues in their community.

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When you think fashion, you think New York, Paris, Milan and Lansing. Yeah, that's right — Lansing. There are designers from Grand Ledge who are revamping the fashion scene. Twins Shawn and Claire Buitendorp wanted to do something big.


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Owosso mayor Chris Eveleth joined WKAR's Brooke Allen for the "Monday Morning with the Mayor" segment on Monday, July 17. He talked about serving the community where he was raised.  


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St. Johns Mayor Dana Beaman joined Brooke Allen for the "Monday  Morning with the Mayor" segment on July 10, 2017.  Mayor Beaman talked about the city's annual mint festival and the city's openings for police chief and city manager. 


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Thunderstorms packing winds exceeding 60 mph caused damage across Michigan, knocking out power to tens of thousands of customers.


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While the Fourth of July is all about fireworks for lots of people, the loud pops and glaring explosions can be nightmarish for others, including veterans of military service who suffer from mental health challenges like PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder). In Michigan, 11 state parks are designated as fireworks-free zones for that very reason. 


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Williamston is a city of 3,800 residents in Ingham County. Mayor Tammy GIlroy, a Wiliamston native, talked with Brooke Allen during our "Monday Morning with the Mayor" segment on WKAR 90.5FM during "Morning Edition" on June 26, 2017.


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Charlotte is a city of 9,000 residents in Eaton County. Mayor Tim Lewis kicked off our new "Monday Mornings with the Mayor" segment on WKAR 90.5FM during "Morning Edition" on June 19, 2017.


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In continuation of this week's Marijuana in Michigan Series, WKAR's Brooke Allen spoke with the Chairperson of Michigan State University's Department of Psychiatry Jed Magan.

Magan specializes in opioid use and offered his thoughts on marijuana, as a cure for opioid addiction.

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When Afghanistan Veteran Todd Weiss injured his back again, he turned to prescription medication to help. It was then that his downward spiral began.

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In continuation of WKAR's marijuana coverage, Morning Edition Host Brooke Allen spoke with Social Worker Joe Schrank, who is also the founder of High Sobriety.

The organization is dedicated to treating addiction using a variety of methods, including the use of cannabis. 

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