Katie Cook

Assistant Producer, Current State

Katie Cook

As a producer for Current State with Mark Bashore, Katie Cook produces daily segments for the show, with a focus on cultural and social issues and the arts. She also contributes to the show's social media presence.

Katie Cook joined WKAR in August 2015.
 
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 Cook graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies.

 

Ways to Connect

The audience sits in Abrams Planetarium underneath the starry ceiling.
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Thursday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Lansing City Market.

They say you should treat others the way you want to be treated, but what happens when you don’t?

We want to hear your personal stories of good deeds, karma, revenge, and “reaping what you sow.” 

Maybe you did something you shouldn’t have and you got what was coming to you… or you got away with it. What did you learn? 
On the other hand, you might have a story of hard work that paid off, or a tale of spreading kindness that has a happy ending.

Skylar Medes and Bob Hoffman
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

The organization ePIFanyNow encourages and spread acts of kindness in the Lansing area. Their upcoming annual Y-PIF awards are for young people doing good in the community.

WKAR’s Brooke Allen speaks with the organization’s founder, Bob Hoffman, and Skylar Medes who was one of last year’s Y-PIF recipients.

A total solar eclipse will cross the United States on August 21, 2017, and people are already making travel plans to get the best glimpse of it.

WKAR’s Morning Edition host Brooke Allen spoke with John French from Abrams Planetarium to find out more.

 

 


A headshot of Judi Harris
Courtesy / St. Vincent Catholic Charities

The executive orders on immigration directly impact immigrants and refugees trying to come to the US and those living here already. But the orders are also causing problems for organizations who support refugees.

 

 


Ozay Moore, Mikeyy Austin, and Sareem Poems standing together
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Some new things are happening in Reo Town.

Lansing rapper Mikeyy Austin is one of the minds behind Reo Town Sessions, a monthly event that highlights local artists and connects them to the community.


Khalid Ibrahim standing at the microphone telling a story
Katie Wittenauer / RCAH- MSU

 

The theme of our January Pop-Up Stories event was “clean slate.” Storyteller Khalid Ibrahim shared his story about immigrating to the US from Pakistan when he was twelve.

 


Portrait of Coach Steve Finamore in basketball gym
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

The East Lansing High School boys basketball team is undefeated this season, with a 14 and 0 record. They work hard, but they try not to take themselves too seriously, says Coach Steve Finamore.


Headshot of Rachel Lewis
Courtesy / Lansing School District

The Lansing School Board chose Rachel Lewis as their president earlier this year.

 

Lewis has been on the board since 2011 and served as Vice President in 2016.

 

 


Members of the Everett band warming up in their band room
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

WKAR's Katie Cook visits the final rehearsal at the school before the band makes the trip to Washington D.C.

 


Picture of a violin
Shunichi kouroki / Flickr Creative Commons

In 2013, Lansing School District elementary teachers with specialized arts certifications were laid off due to budget cuts; cuts that were made because the district faced a multi-million dollar deficit.    

Now, four new specialized music teachers have been hired by the district.

 

 


Peter Johnston at the microphone telling a story
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

The last Pop-Up Stories event of 2016 took place at REACH Studio Art Gallery in REO Town. 

The theme was “turning over a new leaf.” Storyteller Peter Johnston shared a story about moving to Chicago right after college.

Yvonne Camaal Canul at WKAR radio studio
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

After cutting back on arts programming, Lansing Schools have re-added certified music educators to elementary classrooms.  

District Superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul says she hopes to put art specialists back into elementary schools soon.

 

Po-Up Stories microphone photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

WKAR’s Pop-Up Stories will be back with an event in Old Town Lansing this week. Scott Pohl talks with producer Katie Cook about what’s in store.

microphone with Pop-Up stories button pins
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Thursday January, 12 at 6:30 pm at Urban Beat Event Center in Old Town, Lansing.  

A hand writing on a chalkboard.
Denis Labrecque / Flickr Creative Commons

Michigan is experiencing a shortage of substitute teachers.


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