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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From left: Sherri Jett, June Youatt, Dianne Byrum, John Engler, Satish Udpa, and Bob Ellerhorst.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Michigan State University broke ground on its new water treatment plant and storage tank this morning. WKAR’s Katie Cook reports.


Current State for July 14-15, 2018

Jul 13, 2018

On this weekend's show: In-depth interviews with MSU interim president John Engler and Dr. Mona Hanna-Atisha, the pediatrician in the middle of the Flint Water Crisis. Plus, Michigan expands the conditions for medical marijuana use, a program feeding Lansing students during the summer, Purple Heart medals being returned to the families of local veterans and the Eaton County Fair! 

The Medical Marijuana Licensing Board approved the state's first seven licenses Thursday.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Licensing Board issued the state’s first seven operating licenses today at its meeting in downtown Lansing. Katie Cook reports.


flood damage, Upper Peninsula, Houghton County
Nicole Walton / WNMU public media

With the help of volunteers, the Keweenaw Peninsula in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is recovering from the June storm that left devastating floods. Katie Cook reports.


Maria Palmo / WKAR-MSU

Two Republicans hoping to face off against incumbent Debbie Stabenow in November’s US Senate race debated this morning on WKAR’s Off The Record. Katie Cook has more.


Michigan Capitol
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

If you’re wondering what City of Lansing celebrations are going on for the Fourth of July, here’s the scoop from WKAR’s Katie Cook.


As you’re preparing for Fourth of July celebrations tomorrow, remember to stay safe and follow the laws if you’re going to set off fireworks. WKAR’s Katie Cook has some reminders for you.


MSU power plant
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

On a week following heat indices above 100 degrees, Michigan State University said a problem with a boiler in its power plant means the temperatures inside many on-campus building might be warmer than normal. 

Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

With temperatures over 90 degrees predicted for mid-Michigan all weekend, the Ingham County Animal Control released a reminder urging pet owners to protect their animals from the heat. Katie Cook reports.



MSU Trustees Dianne Byrum (L) and Melanie Foster will be leading the search for the next university president.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

The tumultuous era of Michigan State University interim president John Engler is expected to end by June 2019.


Storyteller Robin Pizzo
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

WKAR’s live storytelling event “Pop-Up Stories” happens every other month, and our next one is this Thursday June 28th at the Meridian Township Farmer’s Market. The theme will be “growing pains.” Here’s Robin Pizzo telling a story at our last event, where the theme was “education.”


Storyteller Jim Schultheiss
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

WKAR’s next Pop-Up Stories is this Thursday June 28th at the Meridian Township Farmer’s Market, and the theme will be “growing pains.” Here’s storyteller Jim Schultheiss telling a story at out last event where the theme was “education.”



Action of Greater Lansing's Mark Brown (L) and Oscar Castaneda speak at Thursday's town hall.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

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.
Naina Rao / WKAR-MSU

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.