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.

 

Ways to Connect

Melissa in Studio
Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR-MSU

Today was "Morning Edition" host Melissa Benmark's last day at WKAR, and her friends and colleagues send her off with this retrospective.


Clem Sohn photo
San Diego Air and Space Museum Archive / flickr creative commons

We look again to Michigan’s past for more stories of pioneers in the field of aviation. This time we find Clem Sohn, also known as “Michigan’s Batman.” Current State talks with Sandra Clark, director of the Michigan Historical Museum, where Sohn’s outfit is currently on display.


Making it in Michigan photo
Courtesy photo / MSU Product Center

If you like specialty foods and supporting Michigan-made products, the Making it in Michigan trade show is right up your alley. The MSU Product Center hosts the event, which will be at the Lansing Center tomorrow. We find out more from director Chris Peterson.


A woman and two young girls
Katie Cook / WKAR

A little bit of Paris is finding its way into the diverse mix of cultures in the Lansing area. Current State's Katie Cook talks to Gaëlle Cassin-Ross, founder of the new French immersion school Aux Petits Soins.

Upward Bound photo
Courtesy photo / Upward Bound

For Neighbors in Action this week, we’ll find out more about Upward Bound at MSU, an educational program that offers academic help to disadvantaged youth. We speak with Director Glenda Hammond and Debra Thornton, a former Upward Bound MSU student.


Tim Busfield and Melissa Gilbert photos
Courtesy photo / East Lansing Film Festival

The annual East Lansing Film Festival kicks off Thursday. We’ll talk to Festival Creator Susan Woods for a preview of some of the films and special events surrounding the screenings.


Emil's exterior photo
Katie Cook / WKAR

Lansing’s oldest restaurant, Emil’s, closes its doors today. Current State talks with owner Paul Grescowle about what he’ll remember most about his time there, and what he has planned next.


EVE photo
Courtesy photo / End Violent Encounters (EVE)

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. For Neighbors in Action this week we look at the organization End Violent Encounters (EVE) with Executive Director Erin Roberts and Advocacy Team Supervisor Windi Sterling.


Food writer, chef, and photographer Maureen Abood.
Rosewater and Orange Blossoms

November is right around the corner, and as the weather is getting cooler, you might be thinking about warming up your kitchen with some new fall recipes. Michigan native Maureen Abood will join us to talk about what foods are seasonal right now and share some fall dishes for you to try at home. 

A few years ago, writer/photographer/chef Maureen Abood quit her job in Chicago and moved to San Francisco to follow her passion and attend culinary school.  

Curtis Hertel Jr. photo
Courtesy photo / Michigan State Senate Democrats

Legislation was introduced in Michigan last month that requires sex education courses to have more exhaustive conversations about the issue of consent. We speak with one of the bill’s sponsors, State Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr., about the legislation and how it would be implemented.


Ishpeming HS football team in parade
Courtesy photo / Do It for Daniel/Facebook

A Michigan couple seeks to raise awareness of teen mental illness with their documentary about Daniel Olson, an Ishpeming teen who committed suicide. We speak with filmmaker Kammi Young-Berens about the process of making the documentary and what she hopes it will do for teens struggling with depression.

Maurice Henry Carter and Doug Tjapkes photo
Courtesy photo / Doug Tjapkes

The true story of Maurice Henry Carter, who was wrongfully convicted and served 29 years for shooting a Benton Harbor police officer, was turned into a play that will be performed tonight and Sunday in the Lansing area. We speak with director Lisa Biggs,  and Doug Tjapkes, the man who worked for ten years to help free Carter.


children in green shirts
Big Brothers, Big Sisters--Michigan Capital Region

Those of us with siblings, especially older ones, can attest to the influence they had on us growing up, for better or worse. For today’s Neighbors in Action, Current State speaks with the Director of Development at Big Brothers, Big Sisters for the Michigan Capital Region Jesse Klinger, as well as Chris Gabler, a senior at East Lansing High who has been with his Big Brother for 10 years. 

Every Wednesday on Current State, we bring you Neighbors in Action, a look at an area organization working to make Greater Lansing a better place. 

Barbara Schneider photo
Courtesy photo / MSU College of Education

The National Science Foundation has awarded MSU a grant that will allow them to study and test the best ways to improve science learning in schools. We speak with principal investigator for the project Barbara Schneider.


Quran photo
Metropolico.org / Flickr Creative Commons

Current State speaks with Islamic Center of East Lansing board member Dr. Farhan Bhatti and Dr. Farha Abbasi, a psychiatrist at MSU, about the misunderstandings surrounding Islam today.


Pages