People

  • Host, Current Sports

    Al Martin is the host of Current Sports, the weekly TV show and daily radio call-in program from WKAR.  Al is also on the Current State team as a regular sports contributor and plays a key sports reporting and...

  • WKAR Digital Media Manager and Communications
  • Host and Producer

    Hello, I'm Brad Walker, head of operations for WKAR Radio and manager for WKAR Radio Reading Service, which is our service for blind and visually-impaired persons in mid-Michigan.  You may...

  • 90.5 Classical Host

    Jody Knol began announcing classical music on 90.5 WKAR while a student at MSU in 1982.

    After receiving his degree in Interdisciplinary Humanities--music, theater and political science--Jody worked as chief announcer for WMUK in...

  • Producer and Host of All Things Considered and Serving Up Science

    Karel Vega is the producer and host of All Things Considered airing 4pm-7pm weekdays on 90.5 FM WKAR. He also reports and produces features and digital media creation.

    In 2018, he and Sheril Kirshenbaum launched "Serving Up...

  • News Reporter

    Katie Cook is a general assignment reporter at WKAR. 

    Katie joined WKAR in August 2015 as Assistant Producer for Current State.
     
    Before coming to WKAR, Katie worked as a production intern for St. Louis Public Radio, where she...

  • Education Reporter

    Kevin Lavery is WKAR's Education reporter. In 2018, he began a year-long focus on the challenges of improving literacy in Michigan schools.  He is also reports general assignment stories and produces news features and interviews for

  • Producer and host of QuizBusters

    Since 1980, Mr. Ottinger has been a television producer, news anchor, movie reviewer, reporter, announcer and interviewer but the on-air role he enjoys most is that of the emcee of "QuizBusters". He is pleased and honored to have been...

  • WKAR Corporate Development

    Looking for fresh ways to reach your customers? WKAR's Melissa Nay will help you connect with mid-Michigan fans and followers of PBS, NPR and award-winning WKAR original programs for and about your community.

    Contact Melissa for...

  • Radio Station Manager

    Peter Whorf is radio station manager for WKAR Public Media. He oversees the news and music divisions of WKAR Radio, and is host of MSU In Concert, numerous live broadcasts and the

  • Digital News Director and Host of Current State

    Reginald Hardwick is digital news director for WKAR Public Media, leading the creation of news reporting and commentary across all station platforms, including online, radio and television.

    Hardwick joined WKAR in March 2017.

  • Current State Contributor

    Current State contributor Scott D. Southard is author of A Jane Austen DaydreamMaximilian Standforth and the Case of the Dangerous Dare, My Problem With Doors, and Megan. Scott received his Master's degree...

  • News Reporter

    Hello! I'm Scott Pohl, a general assignment news reporter and produces news features and interviews for Current State and an alternate local host on NPR's "Morning Edition."

    I...

  • Director of Broadcasting and General Manager

    Susi Elkins is director of broadcasting and general manager of WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University. WKAR is home to public radio and television for the Michigan capital region, bringing the best of PBS, PBS Kids, NPR and award...

  • Anchor and Producer of Off the Record

    Tim Skubick is anchor and producer of the weekly public TV series "Off the Record." “Off the Record” is seen on Michigan public television stations and has an audience of 100,000 viewers each week.