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.

 

Ways to Connect

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Founder of the #MeToo movement, Tarana Burke, spoke at the Wharton Center last night as part of the Transformative Justice Speaker Series. WKAR’s Katie Cook reports.

 


Lansing
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The American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2018 report released today, showing mixed results for the state of Michigan. WKAR’s Katie Cook reports.

 


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This story has been updated to include Scott Westerman's comments.

Michigan State University's associate vice president for alumni relations and executive director of the MSU Alumni Association, Scott Westerman, has resigned amid an investigation by the school's Title IX office.


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Ten Michigan educators have been named as 2018-19 Regional Teachers of the Year and will comprise the 2018-19 Michigan Teacher Leadership Advisory Council, a group of teachers dedicated to sharing a teacher’s voice in education discussions throughout the state. WKAR’s Katie Cook spoke with Robyne Muray, who was selected as one of the ten, and teaches in the Lansing School District.

 

 


From Left: Senator Debbie Stabenow, Deputy Andrew Jenkins, Senator Gary Peters
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Both US Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters were in Charlotte today to award the Congressional Badge of Bravery to Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputy Andrew Jenkins.


Tess Nurenberg (L) and Jamie Tomlinson inthe MSU Student Union
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Take Back the Night is a national movement with the mission of ending sexual, relationship, and domestic violence in all forms. WKAR’s Katie Cook went to the MSU Student Union to talk with organizers of this year’s Take Back the Night on campus.

 


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The owner of Bottoms Up Dance Boutique in downtown Okemos has announced the business is closing at the end of next month.

 

 


On this edition of Current State: Michigan lawmakers findings on MSU/Nassar; the "seduction of an unmarried woman law" in Michigan; Personal memories of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Preparing for Severe Weather Season and getting rid of stink bugs!

Former MSU Football Players
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Three former Michigan State University football players accused in the 2017 sexual assault of a woman in an apartment bathroom pleaded guilty to reduced charges.

 

 


Ormond Park sign with an RIP sign below it.
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The controversial entrance to Groesbeck Golf Course was a topic of major interest last year. Now that the entrance is paved, WKAR’s Katie Cook revisited the site and caught up with the Friends of Ormond Park to find out where things stand with their lawsuit against the city.

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Former Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine dean William Strampel, Larry Nassar’s former boss, was charged today with misconduct in office, criminal sexual conduct, and two counts of neglect of duty.

 

One attorney who represents over 100 Nassar survivors has received letters and phone calls over the past 14 months about Strampel's conduct. WKAR’s Katie Cook has more.


Jennifer Weiss-Wolf
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Helping Women Period was started to help women in Lansing receive the products they need when they need them. They’re holding a fundraiser tomorrow morning and author and activist Jennifer Weiss-Wolf will be speaking.

 

 


Bishop Earl Boyea stands with the members of the task force.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Bishop Earl Boyea announced the formation of a task force on Race and Catholic Schools Tuesday afternoon.

WKAR Connects
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On this week's Current State: WKAR Connects, a series of stories looking at local organizations who offer support for survivors of sexual and domestic abuse; two MSU students who created a teal Facebook frame to show support for sexual assault survivors; a conversation with East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows; a concert and album release from the MSU graduate group Mirabai; and conversation and song with comedic singer-songwriter Wally Pleasant.


Cindie Alwood
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Nearly 3 in 10 women and 1 in 10 men in the US have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by a partner.

 

Cindie Alwood, executive director at The Women’s Center of Greater Lansing, says often women don’t leave these abusive relationships because they don’t have the means to support themselves. And that’s why career counseling is such a big part of what the center does.

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