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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Rocket Fiber truck photo
Courtesy photo / Rocket Fiber

Fiber internet isn’t just the fastest form of internet, it’s one of the fastest ways to bring technological advancement to a city. Detroit internet company Rocket Fiber is bringing high-speed fiber internet to the Motor City. We speak with co-founder and CEO Marc Hudson.


Capital Area Literacy Coalition photo
Courtesy photo / Capital Area Literacy Coalition

According to the Census Survey taken in 2012, twenty percent of adults in the Greater Lansing area are functionally illiterate. The Capital Area Literacy Coalition is a non-profit working to change that number. Our Neighbors in Action conversation this week is with Executive Director Dr. Lois Bader and volunteer Col. John Leask about the organization.


Billy Strings and Don Julin
Courtesy photo / http://www.billystrings.com/

The duo of Don Julin and Billy Strings will play a Ten Pound Fiddle concert in East Lansing Friday night. Current State's Katie Cook talks with Julin for a preview of the show.


LSJ exterior photo
Katie Cook / WKAR

The Lansing State Journal prepares to move from their location on Lenawee Street to the third floor of the newly renovated Knapp’s Centre. We hear from some of the staff as they reflect on their years at the old building and look forward to the newspaper’s future.


Delta Township District Library photo
Courtesy photo / Delta Township District Library

Trivia isn’t just for grown-ups. At the Delta Township District Library, it’s for the whole family. The library kicks off their annual Battle of the Books trivia event tonight. We find out more about it from their Youth Services Librarian Becky Leboeuf.


Simon Power Plant photo
WKAR File Photo

Almost four years ago, MSU adopted an Energy Transition Plan that detailed sustainable energy goals for the university to work toward. We speak with Wolfgang Bauer, MSU professor and Senior Consultant in the office of the Vice President, about the progress MSU has made on the sustainable energy front so far.


Hebron glass photos
Katie Cook / WKAR

Hebron glass is a type of hand-blown glass made in the Palestinian West Bank, and Saper Galleries in East Lansing has the world’s largest collection of it outside the Middle East. We hear from Roy Saper about this beautiful glass.


City Rescue Mission of Lansing photo
Courtesy photo / City Rescue Mission of Lansing

The City Rescue Mission of Lansing is a non-profit that strives to meet the physical and spiritual needs of men, women, and children struggling with homelessness in Michigan's capital area. Over the last year or so, they have made changes and expanded some of their services. Neighbors in Action this week is with Executive Director Mark Criss and Randy Barton, director of men’s ministries.


Impression 5 photo
Courtesy photo / Impression 5 Science Center

The city of Lansing has announced its Sense of Place in the Arts grant recipients for the year, and this year they’ve also awarded a grant for a new Arts Impact Project. We speak with Debbie Mikula of the Arts Council of Greater Lansing and Eric Larson of Impression 5 Science Center to find out all about the project and the recipients.


Star Wars movie ticket photo
Quinn Dombrowski / Flickr Creative Commons

With "Star Wars: Episode VII-The Force Awakens" opening last week, "Star Wars" mania is sweeping the nation, and Lansing is no exception. We talk to two local professionals who have been avid "Star Wars" fans since they were children about how the story still resonates with them today.


Ukulele group strum photo
Katie Cook / WKAR

When you think of holiday music, the ukulele probably isn’t the first instrument that comes to mind unless you’re a member of LAUGH, the Lansing Area Ukulele Group. Current State's Katie Cook drops by their most recent “Strum and Sing” to talk to some members of the group and hear them play holiday tunes together.


Maureen Abood photo
w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

If you’re looking to try out some new recipes this holiday season, Michigan chef and food writer Maureen Abood can give you some inspiration. She joins us to share some of her favorite things to cook this time of year.


Jeff Breslin photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Sparrow Health System has moved its inpatient substance abuse unit from St. Lawrence Hospital to its main campus on Michigan Avenue. We speak with Jeff Breslin, president of the union representing Sparrow nurses, to find out why this change concerns them and why they filed an unfair labor practice charge against Sparrow.


Larry Grudt Keys to Creativity photo
Katie Cook / WKAR

If you’re looking for new ways for you and your family to be creative, there’s a new community art space in Lansing that provides a variety of opportunities. Keys to Creativity is an art gallery in the Lansing Mall that hosts events and offers classes for all ages. We talk with founder Larry Grudt.


Snowy owl photo
Courtesy photo / Nova Mackentley, www.nightflightimages.com

There are over 200 different species of owls, but only one that can survive the temperatures of the Arctic: the snowy owl. A small number of these owls make appearances in the Great Lakes region every year. This year, several came to Michigan earlier than expected and they were malnourished. We get an update on the snowy owls from two experts in the field.


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