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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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.


Mickey Hirten photo
WKAR File Photo

Lansing has had another strong year in terms of tourism for the region. Will 2016 likely be as strong? In other business news, Michigan legislators are taking a close look at the property taxation of big-box stores like Home Depot and Wal-Mart. We get an update on these and other local business issues with Mickey Hirten of the Lansing City Pulse and the Greater Lansing Business Monthly.


Santa scuba photo
Courtesy photo / Capital City Scuba

We’ve probably all had our picture taken with Santa, but how many of you have taken an underwater picture with him? Current State's Katie Cook did last Friday at Capital City Scuba’s Scuba Dive with Santa.


Riverwalk Theatre photo
Courtesy photo / Riverwalk Theatre

The Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea is coming to Lansing tonight to host a staged reading of a new play at Riverwalk Theatre. We speak with Purple Rose artistic director Guy Sanville and playwright Timothy Mason about the play and tonight’s reading.


Jeffrey Docking photo
Courtesy photo / Adrian College

Small liberal arts colleges around the country have been struggling to keep up enrollment, but Adrian College in southeast Michigan has managed to increase enrollment by investing in a multitude of sports programs. We talk to the president of Adrian College, Dr. Jeffrey Docking.


MICA Gallery photo
Courtesy photo / MICA Gallery

Art and community go hand in hand, and MICA Gallery in Old Town Lansing seeks to support community development with quality arts programming. Current State talks with MICA Program Director Katrina Daniels about the exhibit that’s at the gallery now.


Junior Achievement photo
Courtesy photo / Junior Achievement

One of the best ways to prepare kids for adulthood is to educate them on finances and economics. We hear how Junior Achievement of Mid Michigan is working to do just that in our weekly Neighbors in Action segment.


Tom Daldin photo
Courtesy photo / 'Under the Radar'

The public televison show "Under the Radar" features the people, places, and things that make Michigan great, and it’s hosted by Michigan’s biggest fan, Tom Daldin. We speak with Daldin about his favorite Michigan destinations, and what it’s like to host the Emmy award-winning show.


Rape kits contain crucial DNA evidence taken from sexual assault survivors, so when more than 11,000 were discovered at the Detroit Police Department untested and unprocessed, many people strongly felt that something had to be done. The organization Enough SAID has successfully raised over $1-million from the private sector to pay for the testing of these kits. We speak with two women from Enough SAID.


Michigan snow photo
Colleen / flickr creative commons

Where’s the snow? This time last year, we had snow on the ground in Michigan. What does this mean for our winter forecast? We check in with MLive’s chief meteorologist Mark Torregrossa to find out.


Homeless Angels photo
Courtesy photo / Homeless Angels

Our Neighbors in Action segment today marks National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. The leader of one local organization has something in store to help spread awareness about homelessness. Mike Karl of Homeless Angels is living on the streets of Lansing all week with a camera, and livestreaming his experience to give the public a firsthand look at life on the streets.


Madagascar malachite kingfisher photo
Meredith Gore

Illegal wildlife trading is the fifth most profitable illicit trade in the world, and it’s not just happening in other parts of the world, it happens here in Michigan too. Current State talks with MSU associate professor Meredith Gore, who researches the decline and exploitation of wildlife and natural resources and works to find solutions.


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.


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