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.

 

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Rachael Denhollander speaking to the media.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Larry Nassar received his third and final sentence this morning in Eaton County.

 

 

 

  

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Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Disgraced former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics physician Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40-125 years in prison in Eaton County on Monday. 

Picture of Randall Margraves in courtroom
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Larry Nassar’s second day of sentencing in Eaton County got off to a typical start this morning but was soon thrown into chaos when a man lunged at Larry Nassar. WKAR’s Katie Cook has more from the courtroom.


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Judge Janice Cunningham of Eaton County’s Circuit Court will hear more statements from victims of Larry Nassar on Friday.

On Wednesday, she heard from 29 victims in person, by video, and through written statements read aloud. Some of the women, like Katherine Ebert, had strong words for Michigan State University.


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Courtesy Photo / WDIV-TV

Larry Nassar is being sentenced in Eaton County this week for three charges of first degree criminal sexual assault. These charges are part of the universal plea agreement that includes the Ingham County charges.

 

 


 

AG Bill Schuette
File photo / WKAR-MSU

The Larry Nassar scandal has resulted in a slew of investigations. So many, that it’s hard to keep up with them all. The Michigan Attorney General’s Office, the NCAA, and the US Board of Education are all looking into MSU’s handling of Nassar, plus members of Congress like Senator Gary Peters and Representative Mike Bishop have called for investigations into the US Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics.

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Leaders at Michigan State University have come under a great deal of criticism not only for the Larry Nassar scandal, but for how they have handled its aftermath.

 

 


Gwen Anderson reading her statement in court.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Many of Larry Nassar’s victims say his Ingham County sentencing was a significant step in their journey toward healing. And yet some, like Gwen Anderson, remind us that there’s still much more to be done.


MSU Students React To President Simon's Resignation

Jan 25, 2018
Lou Anna Simon photo
Courtesy / Michigan State University

MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon announced her resignation Wednesday night amid growing pressure to step down in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal. WKAR Intern Amanda Barberena walked the halls of MSU’s Communication Arts and Sciences building Thursday to get a few student reactions.

 

 

 

 

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Former MSU and USA Olympic doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years Wednesday in Ingham County, but victims are still asking for accountability and change. WKAR’s Katie Cook has more.


Larry Nassar photo
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We’ve been keeping you up to date on Larry Nassar's Ingham County sentencing hearings since they started last Tuesday, and today is the final day. WKAR’s Katie Cook has more.


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Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Monday marks day five of former MSU doctor Larry Nassar’s sentencing hearings in Ingham County. WKAR’s Katie Cook has more.

 


AG Bill Schuette
File photo / WKAR-MSU

MSU President Lou Anna Simon and the university Board of Trustees went into a closed-door meeting. That’s following a growing chorus of calls for Simon to resign or be fired.


Larry Nassar photo
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Today was originally scheduled to be the final day of the Larry Nassar sentencing proceedings in Ingham County, but they will be continuing next week. The number of women coming forward to give victim-impact statements has been growing every day since sentencing began Tuesday.


Larry Nassar photo
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Today is the fourth day of former MSU doctor Larry Nassar’s sentencing hearings in Lansing.  

Yesterday’s proceedings began with a delay. Judge Rosemarie Aquilina explained that she had been reviewing a 6 page letter received from Nassar the night before. In it, he writes he is very concerned about his ability to be able to face witnesses, mentally.

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