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

 

Ways to Connect

A portrait of Inna Phelps with a doll.
Skyler Ashley / WKAR-MSU

A museum space dedicated to the appreciation of Russian culture exists in a place you probably wouldn’t expect: Charlotte, Michigan.

 

It’s called The Russian Room, and we paid it a visit.

 

Composite drawing of a male suspect.
Lansing Police Department

A forum on hate crime and reporting was held at City Hall Tuesday in light of a recent report by a Hispanic male that he was attacked in south Lansing.

 

 


environmental cleanup
Flickr - NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory

The state of Michigan is working on a plan to reduce pollution in Lake Erie, but the Michigan Environmental Council says the plan doesn’t do enough.

 


View of Ormond Park from the Groesbeck Golf Course parking lot.
Naina Rao / WKAR-MSU

An Ingham County Circuit Court Judge has continued his temporary restraining order in the matter of Ormond Park. 


Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Lansing’s Sparrow Hospital opens its brand new cancer center more than twice the size of its current 28,000 square foot center.

 

 


A truck, fallen trees, and two construction workers.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Mayor Virg Bernero issued a statement Thursday saying that work has begun on a new entrance to Groesbeck Golf Course.


Picture of a car's exhaust pipe.
Pixabay

Two new Ann Arbor laws went into effect July 1.

 

 


City Clerk Chris Swope at table preparing ballots.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

The city of Lansing primary election begins this week as absentee ballots are being prepped and mailed out.


Marijuana plant photo
Flickr/Creative Commons

Lansing City Council passed a measure Monday to include a commission in the city’s marijuana ordinance.


A portrait of Omar and Katy
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

As the month of Ramadan comes to a close, we talk with local Muslim couple Katy Hollobaugh and Omar Elsherif to learn what this time of year means to them.

 


Bus
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

A zero-emissions electric school bus stopped by the Lansing Center on Wednesday for the Michigan Association of Pupil Transportation’s annual conference and trade show.


Snyder at lectern
WKAR

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is in Europe this week as part of a weeklong mission to expand auto investments in the state.

 


View of Ormond Park from the Groesbeck Golf Course parking lot.
Naina Rao / WKAR-MSU

Lansing City Council adopted a resolution last night to investigate how an entrance Mayor Bernero wants to build into Groesbeck Golf Course got approved.

 

WKAR's Brooke Allen spoke with the mayor to get his thoughts on the entrance.

 

 


A portrait of Jennifer with her daughter Daniele.
Jennifer Spaulding / Courtesy

Although medical marijuana is legal in Michigan, it's not attainable for patients through VA hospitals. We talk with a veteran who is trying to change that because she says medical marijuana turned her life around.

This story may not be appropriate for some of our youngest listeners.

WKAR Special Report: Marijuana in Michigan
illustration / WKAR-MSU

The Lansing City Council met Monday evening to discuss the medical marijuana ordinance as a Committee of the Whole.

 

Because the meeting was followed by their regularly scheduled council meeting, the only issue they had time to get to was the option of whether to include a commission.

 

A commission is a group who reviews applications for licenses for medical marijuana establishments. Without a commission, the applications would go through the city clerk’s office.

 

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