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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An MSU professor says if your spouse is happy, you will be healthy. Current State’s Brooke Allen follows up on the research with MSU researcher Bill Chopik.


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The first presidential debate was last night. Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network and Emily Lawler of MLive discuss the first face-to-face meeting between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.


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The star-studded Athena Conference is designed to promote leadership and empowerment for women of all ages. We discuss the program with chairperson Sarah Jennings.


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Lock them up and throw away the key? A new study shows that may not be the answer victims of crime want.


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Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

At 34, Republican Craig DeRoche was the youngest Michigan Speaker of the House. During that time as House Speaker, he fought an alcohol addiction which forced him out of politics. Current State speaks with Deroche about his book “Highly Functional: A Collision of Addiction, Justice and Grace.”


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You may recognize him from cooking on TV with Gordon Ramsey. Jared Bobkin chats with Brooke Allen about being a TV celebrity and shares a recipe, too.


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Every day it seems like we hear of somebody being injured, sometimes fatally, in a drunk driving crash. But strides are being made to make a difference on the roads and off. Current State's Brooke Allen speaks to the Executive State Director for MADD Michigan, Tyler MacEachran.


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The first case of Lyme disease this year has been detected in Washtenaw County. What does that mean for us here in Ingham County? We talk with MSU Entomologist Howard Russell.


Some of Michigan’s most notorious murders took place nearby. Current State’s Brooke Allen speaks to local author Tom Carr about his most recent book, "Blood on the Mitten."


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Current State’s Brooke Allen checks out the Wharton Center's "Take It from the Top" camp.

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Flickr - Keith Cooper

You might enjoy taking selfies, but how about a financial selfie? We talk to a Michigan financial professional who explains the four steps to organizing your finances.


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Thousands of artists converge in Ann Arbor for the Ann Arbor Art Fair every year. Current State’s Brooke Allen fills us in on everything happening within the 29 city blocks of the event.


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Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR-MSU

Emmy-winning actor and East Lansing native Timothy Busfield is now an artist-in-residence at the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University.

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Should someone who has served time for a criminal offense be obligated to tell a prospective employer about their criminal history...even if it doesn’t pertain to the job for which they're applying?

More than 100 U.S. cities and counties have decided to ‘ban the box,’ removing questions about criminal history from job applications.

Today, the city of Ferndale joins a growing list of Michigan cities adopting a ‘ban the box’ policy.  

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The Detroit Public Schools will get more than $600-million to begin paring down debt and to launch a new debt-free district. Current State talks with interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather.


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