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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East Lansing city hall photo
WKAR File Photo

The City of East Lansing announced the results of a phone survey that gathered feedback on city services and potential future ballot proposals. WKAR’s Katie Cook reports.

South Lansing photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

In April, Lansing Mayor Andy Schor announced that the U.S. Department of Treasury designated seven opportunity zones in the city of Lansing. WKAR’s Katie Cook reports.


Draft of the Adado Riverfront Park Plan.
Courtesy / Arts Council of Greater Lansing

After more than four years of planning, the Adado Riverfront Park stage project in downtown Lansing has completed phase one. WKAR’s Katie Cook has more.


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


Time magazine released their list of 100 most influential people of the year last week, and Rachael Denhollander is on it. Denhollander was the first woman to publicly accuse Larry Nassar of sexual abuse. WKAR’s Katie Cook reports.


Storyteller Liz Andrews
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

 Tomorrow is our next Pop-Up Stories live storytelling event. This time we’ll be at Impression 5 and the theme will be education. Here’s a story from our last event at the Capital Region International Airport. The theme was travel, and storyteller Liz Andrews told a story about going to Paris.




Old police car in the MSP Museum
Courtesy / Michigan State Police

The ribbon cutting for the new Michigan State Police Museum and Learning Center takes place tomorrow morning in Dimondale. WKAR’s Katie Cook reports.


Carol Edmunds photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR

Thursday April 26th is our next Pop-Up Stories, and this time we’ll be at Impression5 where the theme will be education. Here’s a story from our last event at the Capital Region International Airport. The theme was travel, and storyteller Carol Edmunds told a story of a memorable journey at sea.



Ingham County Prosecutor Carol Siemon.

Ingham County Prosecutor Carol Siemon’s office sent out a statement Monday reviewing the March 31st incident where officers of the Lansing Police Department fired shots that wounded Michael Magik Jones. WKAR’s Katie Cook has more.

Storyteller Ray Miller
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

This Thursday we’ll have our second Pop-Up Stories event of the year, this time we’ll be at Impression5 and the theme will be education. Here’s a story from our last event at the Capital Region International Airport. The theme was travel, and storyteller Ray Miller shared a humorous account of his trip to Turkey.



On the April 21-22, 2018 edition of Current State: a new bill to make thousands of Medicaid recipients in Michigan work for their benefits, an MSU professor gives his thoughts on the controversy at Starbucks, Kendrick Lamar wins a Pulitzer, a new place to watch glass-blowing in Michigan and meet the "last keeper of the light" in Ireland. Saturday at 11:00 a.m. & Sunday at 4:00 p.m. on 90.5 FM. 

Photo of Tarana Burke
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Founder of the #MeToo movement, Tarana Burke, spoke at the Wharton Center last night as part of the Transformative Justice Speaker Series. WKAR’s Katie Cook reports.


WKAR File Photo / WKAR-MSU

The American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2018 report released today, showing mixed results for the state of Michigan. WKAR’s Katie Cook reports.



This story has been updated to include Scott Westerman's comments.

Michigan State University's associate vice president for alumni relations and executive director of the MSU Alumni Association, Scott Westerman, has resigned amid an investigation by the school's Title IX office.

Head shot of Robyne Muray
Courtesy / Robyne Muray

Ten Michigan educators have been named as 2018-19 Regional Teachers of the Year and will comprise the 2018-19 Michigan Teacher Leadership Advisory Council, a group of teachers dedicated to sharing a teacher’s voice in education discussions throughout the state. WKAR’s Katie Cook spoke with Robyne Muray, who was selected as one of the ten, and teaches in the Lansing School District.



From Left: Senator Debbie Stabenow, Deputy Andrew Jenkins, Senator Gary Peters
Katie Cook / MSU-WKAR

Both US Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters were in Charlotte today to award the Congressional Badge of Bravery to Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputy Andrew Jenkins.