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 Cook 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 Cook graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies.

 

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Neighbors in Action: Mid-Michigan Diaper Bank

Sep 30, 2015

Food, water, and shelter are basic needs, but for many in our community, so are diapers. For Neighbors in Action this week, we talk to local nonprofit Mid-Michigan Diaper Bank working to distribute diapers to the greater Lansing families who need them.


Public Poetry Announcement: Karl Shapiro

Sep 29, 2015
U.C. Davis Humanities Building photo
mikedevlin / Flickr Creative Commons

Today's Public Poetry Announcement is "The Humanities Building" by Karl Shapiro.


(SCENE) Metrospace in East Lansing is reopening, with a boost from MSU.
Courtesy Photo / (SCENE) Metrospace

An East Lansing community space that closed last April has reopened under the operation of MSU’s Department of Art, Art History, and Design. We speak with Jacquelynn Sullivan, director of galleries at MSU about the current exhibit at (SCENE) Metrospace, and about the changes it has undergone for the reopening.


End of the Tour photo
Courtesy photo / Indie Film Series

October’s Indie Film Series kicks off this week with a new lineup. We talk with founder Susan Woods about the films she selected for October.


St. Michael's, Flint Mass Mob
Courtesy photo / Sean Hughes

Catholic churches have seen a decline in attendance, and a movement called Mass Mob wants to bring it back up. Mass Mob has made its way from New York to Detroit, and now to mid-Michigan. We speak with co-founder of the Detroit Mass Mob, Thom Mann, and Rudy Haapala, a parishioner of St. Michael Catholic Church in Flint.


Our Neighbors in Action segment today is with the Greater Lansing United Nations Association (GLUNA), a group that exists to bridge the gap between the Lansing community and the work the UN is doing for peace around the world. Current State guest host Sue Carter talks with GLUNA President Lynn Bartley about the organization and its upcoming peace march.

Samantha and Todd Kennedy photo
Courtesy photo / Samantha and Todd Kennedy

Most people spend Labor day relaxing or resting, but not East Lansing couple Samantha and Todd Kennedy. They swam across the Straits of Mackinac on Labor day, fighting wind and rain to complete the 4-plus mile swim. Current State talks with the Kennedys about the Mighty Mac Swim.


St. Vincent logo

Governor Snyder designated this week a welcoming week for immigrants to celebrate the economic and cultural assets they bring to Michigan. For decades, St. Vincent Catholic Charities has been working to resettle refugees from all over the world to Lansing, and now they prepare to welcome a number of Syrians. That's this week's Neighbors in Action segment.


Feminism in the spotlight at GR film festival

Sep 11, 2015

There’s no shortage of films being released today, but only a small percentage feature significant roles for women. The organizers behind the Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival want to shine the spotlight on women and on other groups who are under-represented in the media industry. Current State talks with organizer Lydia VanHoven about the festival.


Neighbors in Action this week features a new project called Lansing Love Your Block. Current State speaks with Lansing Neighborhood Resource Coordinator Andi Crawford and Jeff Burdick, executive director of Ingham County Land Bank.


The Wolfpack film photo
Courtesy photo

If you like documentaries, independent, and arthouse films, you’re in luck, because the Indie Film Series just kicked off last week. We talk with founder Susan Woods about the films she selected for the series.


two men building skateboard ramp
Jerry Norris

Many businesses get their start with the help of an incubator, a company that offers support and training to startups. Current State talks to some of the people behind Grand Ledge Fledge, a local incubator trying to enhance the culture and fill vacant storefronts in the city's downtown.  

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