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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Chelsea Williams
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As we head into another day of sentencing proceedings for former MSU Doctor Larry Nassar in Lansing, some are still asking how a doctor was able to sexually abuse 125 women and girls before being discovered.

One woman who spoke Wednesday said that in the disciplined world of competitive gymnastics, you don’t question those who are involved in your training. Especially a world-renowned doctor who treats famous athletes.

Rachael Denhollander (R) was the first woman to publicly accuse Nassar of sexual assault. She thanks MSU President Simon for attending the sentencing.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

The Larry Nassar sentencing proceedings continued in Lansing today, and a growing number of victims have been expressing outrage at those they say enabled Nassar’s abuse.

Larry Nassar photo
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Tuesday was the first day of sentencing proceedings for former MSU doctor Larry Nassar in Ingham County. In November, Nassar pleaded guilty to seven counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct in Ingham County. During these proceedings, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina is allowing Nassar's victims to speak before she passes a sentence.

This story contains descriptions of sexual abuse.

Nassar in courtroom
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Ingham County sentencing proceedings begin tomorrow on sexual abuse charges for former MSU Doctor Larry Nassar. In November, Nassar pleaded guilty to seven counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct in Ingham County.

All 125 victims who reported sexual abuse by Nassar will be given a chance to speak during this week’s proceedings, which are scheduled through Friday.

In December, Nassar was sentenced to 60 years in prison on federal child pornography charges.

Sarah Pechtel is General Curator at Potter Park Zoo.
Katie / WKAR-MSU

Some people love the cold and some just aren’t built for it… and the same goes for the animal kingdom. WKAR’s Katie Cook stopped by Potter Park Zoo last week to see which animals are thriving in winter, and which ones want nothing to do with it.

We look ahead to what the Michigan legislature will tackle in 2018; the remarkable singing career of Anita Baker as she prepares for a farewell tour; Jackson's new mayor Derek Dobies; MSU's top ranking in college basketball; an East Lansing place where you can volunteer and more. 

Lorenzo Lopez holds his miniature Cesar E. Chavez street sign.
Katie / WKAR-MSU

A small crowd braved the freezing cold Tuesday afternoon to watch the unveiling of the Cesar Chavez street sign.


City Rescue Mission's sign
Courtesy / City Rescue Mission

With temperatures dipping to the single digits and below zero in the Lansing area, local homeless shelters are providing as much assistance as they can.

Hobie's Owner Jane Kleiman and Assistant Manager Jacob Nevin.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Hobie’s Cafe and Pub has been serving up popular soups, sandwiches and salads to the East Lansing community for 49 years. Ever since news got out last week that they’re closing, customers have been clamoring to get it one last time.


Madeline Fabiano Blair
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In the spirit of the holiday season, WKAR’s Katie Cook went to Fabiano’s Candies last week to find out what makes it the Lansing institution that it is.


Jackie and Kenneth in the kitchen
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During the holidays, many are looking for ways to volunteer and give back to those in need. East Lansing’s Haven House provides emergency housing and support services for families, and it relies on volunteers to prepare the meals for residents. WKAR’s Katie Cook stopped by on a Saturday to talk with some of these volunteers.


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With the December 15th deadline approaching for marijuana facilities in Lansing to apply for licenses, some dispensary owners are finishing up their applications, and others are cutting their losses.  WKAR’s Katie Cook has more.

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Lansing City Council is presenting a resolution to recognize and thank the Lansing Catholic football players who knelt during the national anthem, and other peaceful protesters for racial justice in Lansing's Catholic schools.



The view of the parking lot along Albert Ave., facing south.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Walking along Grand River Ave. in downtown East Lansing, there’s so much construction going on, it’s hard to keep up with what all of it is for.



On the December 2-3, 2017 edition of Current State we explore everything from sexual misconduct investigations to why high speed broadband is scarce in some parts of Michigan to special K-9's to new safety equipment for Michigan drivers this winter.