Katie Cook

Reporter and Producer, WKAR News

As a reporter and producer for WKAR Newsroom, Katie Cook produces news and feature stories with a focus on cultural and social issues, education, and the arts. 

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 conducted interviews and produced segments for the talk shows "St. Louis on the Air" and "Cityscape." Prior to pursuing a public radio career, she taught English in Italy and worked as a cheesemonger. Michigan is the ninth state she has lived in.

Katie graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies.

 

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A street view of Blue Owl Coffee.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Katie Cook takes us to Blue Owl Coffee, which just opened up in REO Town. She talks with co-owner Nick Berry about the role he hopes their shop will play in the neighborhood.


PhD student Osama Ennasar and undergrad student Camille Emig work on GRACE.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

MSU researchers are using a grant from the National Science Foundation to continue their study and construction of underwater robots.

 


Dr. Ray Boeman stands in front of IACMI's compression press.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Michigan State University is a core partner with the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, or IACMI, in Detroit. They work to make automobiles lighter, and opened their doors just last month. WKAR’s Katie Cook went to get a look at the facility and find out more about the work they do.

Derek Dobies Elected Next Mayor of Jackson

Nov 8, 2017
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Voters in Jackson elected Derek J. Dobies as their next mayor.


Greg Talberg
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

This story was updated Monday night with the results of the school board meeting.

The Williamston School Board voted tonight on two separate policies related to transgender students. Policy 9260: Access to Gender-Segregated Activities and Facilities passed 7-0. And Policy 8011: Gender Identity passed 6-1. Details of both policies can be found here.

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Eaton County voters will decide on a 9-1-1 surcharge ballot proposal Tuesday.

If passed, a surcharge of up to $1.75 would be assessed on all devices subscribed to an Eaton County address which are capable of placing a call to 911.

According to Eaton County’s website, the county operates on eight different radio systems, which causes lapses in communication. Additionally, the technology is outdated and experiencing failures.

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In our continued coverage of local elections, WKAR’s Katie Cook takes us to Jackson, where the race for mayor is heating up.

Jennifer Otto
Skyler Ashley / WKAR-MSU

WKAR’s Pop-Up Stories is a public storytelling event where anyone in the community can tell a story based around a theme. Our last event was at the Great Lakes Folk Festival and the theme was “On the road again.” Storyteller Jennifer Otto shared a story about her favorite hobby to do in the car.


Rudy Reyes
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Dozens of people gathered at the Capitol Monday afternoon to rally for renaming a stretch of Grand River Avenue after the activist Cesar Chavez.


Coach Tom Izzo and MSU men's basketball team at the celebration of the new Gilbert Pavilion.
Skyler Ashley / WKAR-MSU

The Gilbert Pavilion, which is the expansion to the Breslin Center, was dedicated on Friday night.

 


Spartan Stadium
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Michigan State University received some upgrades to its wireless network over the summer.

AT&T added four new antenna locations to the campus’s Distributed Antenna System, or DAS, which were Brody Hall, the Breslin Center, the Music Practice Building and the Veterinary Medicine Building.

These are in addition to the antenna locations already around campus, and at Spartan Stadium.

Fred Ogline is the director of planning and engineering for AT&T’s wireless network in Michigan.

MSU sign
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Michigan State University's Media Communications Team says univeristy police are stepping up security efforts for campus events, including a no-bag policy for all events at indoor athletic facilities, effective with Midnight Madness at the Breslin Center on Oct. 20.

Former MSU Football Players
Courtesy / MSU Football

The three former Michigan State University football players who have been accused of sexual assault are exploring plea deals, the Lansing State Journal reports.

Various signs of medical marijuana dispensaries in Lansing.
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR Public Media

A new ordinance to regulate marijuana business in Lansing was all set, when a petition stopped it from happening. A group called Let Lansing Vote submitted enough signatures to the city clerk’s office to suspend the ordinance.

Various signs of medical marijuana dispensaries in Lansing.
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR Public Media

A group named Let Lansing Vote organized a petition drive which successfully suspended the city’s new medical marijuana ordinance. They submitted an estimated 6,400 signatures to the City Clerk’s office Friday.

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