Katie Cook

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 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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Action of Greater Lansing's Mark Brown (L) and Oscar Castaneda speak at Thursday's town hall.
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One result of the Trump administration’s crackdown on immigration has been the separation of children from their parents upon crossing the U.S. border.

Action of Greater Lansing and the ACLU’s Civil Rights for Immigrants Task Force held a town hall in Lansing Thursday to discuss these issues. Katie Cook reports.



Groesbeck Golf Course sign and club house.
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A bill has been passed in the Michigan House and Senate that will allow the City of Lansing to charge nonresidents more than residents for use of Groesbeck Golf Course. Katie Cook reports.



Northern long-eared bat photo
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters / Wikimedia Commons

The Ionia County Health Department confirmed several people are being treated for rabies after handling a rabid bat.

On this week's Current State - suicide prevention in Michigan; what former MSU dean William Strampel could face during trial; Michigan to vote on legalizing marijuana; cooking Kugel; constructing vehicles that drive 1600 miles without stopping for gas; remembering Robert F. Kennedy's impact on Michiganders; and find out where a 1-million square foot pot warehouse is being built in the Great Lakes. 

Haven House
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East Lansing City Council voted Tuesday to allocate some unexpected funds to local service agencies, after previously deciding not to fund them. WKAR’s Katie Cook reports.


Mayor Andy Schor announced Tuesday today that he has appointed an Interim Fire Chief. WKAR’s Katie Cook reports.


Three former Michigan State University football players accused in the sexual assault of a woman have avoided jail time after pleading guilty to reduced charges.

The new netting expands to the outer edge of both dugouts.
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If you like going to Lansing Lugnuts games but you’re afraid of getting hit by a foul ball, you’re in luck. Cooley Law School Stadium is extending their protective netting. WKAR’s Katie Cook reports.



The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to make a cake for a gay couple. WKAR’s Katie Cook has more.


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Many in the Eaton Rapids area were impacted by the fire at Meridian Magnesium Products of America. The Credit Union LAFCU has organized a toiletries and food drive to help. WKAR’s Katie Cook has more.

MSU COllege of Veterinary medicine

A goose who crashed into the Comerica Park scoreboard during a Detroit Tigers game Wednesday has been treated and released. Katie Cook reports. 

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In honor of National Dam Safety Awareness Day today, The City of Lansing’s Office of Emergency Management held a demonstration to emphasize the danger of dams. WKAR’s Katie Cook reports.


The popular event “Be a Tourist In Your Own Town” is back again this year. WKAR’s Katie Cook has more.



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Memorial Day is Monday, but the city of Lansing holds its observances on Saturday.



Most of the MSU students have left for the summer and much of campus is quiet, but for the MSU Surplus Store, it’s the busiest time of year. WKAR’s Katie Cook paid them a visit to see what things are like during “move-out madness.”