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.

 

Ways to Connect

An outside shot of Plymouth Congregational church.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

White privilege is an issue that’s being discussed more and more in recent years. But what exactly is it?

WKAR's Katie Cook explores that question with a diversity and white privilege expert, and with the pastor of a Lansing church studying the topic. 

New MSU Student Housing Nearly Ready To Open

Jul 26, 2017
Skyler Ashley / WKAR-MSU

A new housing option for Michigan State University students near Breslin Center will open soon. 


A room full of people in chairs at the auction.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

A crowd of people gathered in the Lansing Center Tuesday morning to participate in Ingham County’s tax auction.

 

 


A portrait of Inna Phelps with a doll.
Skyler Ashley / WKAR-MSU

A museum space dedicated to the appreciation of Russian culture exists in a place you probably wouldn’t expect: Charlotte, Michigan.

 

It’s called The Russian Room, and we paid it a visit.

 

Composite drawing of a male suspect.
Lansing Police Department

A forum on hate crime and reporting was held at City Hall Tuesday in light of a recent report by a Hispanic male that he was attacked in south Lansing.

 

 


environmental cleanup
Flickr - NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory

The state of Michigan is working on a plan to reduce pollution in Lake Erie, but the Michigan Environmental Council says the plan doesn’t do enough.

 


View of Ormond Park from the Groesbeck Golf Course parking lot.
Naina Rao / WKAR-MSU

An Ingham County Circuit Court Judge has continued his temporary restraining order in the matter of Ormond Park. 


Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Lansing’s Sparrow Hospital opens its brand new cancer center more than twice the size of its current 28,000 square foot center.

 

 


A truck, fallen trees, and two construction workers.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Mayor Virg Bernero issued a statement Thursday saying that work has begun on a new entrance to Groesbeck Golf Course.


Picture of a car's exhaust pipe.
Pixabay

Two new Ann Arbor laws went into effect July 1.

 

 


City Clerk Chris Swope at table preparing ballots.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

The city of Lansing primary election begins this week as absentee ballots are being prepped and mailed out.


Marijuana plant photo
Flickr/Creative Commons

Lansing City Council passed a measure Monday to include a commission in the city’s marijuana ordinance.


A portrait of Omar and Katy
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

As the month of Ramadan comes to a close, we talk with local Muslim couple Katy Hollobaugh and Omar Elsherif to learn what this time of year means to them.

 


Bus
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

A zero-emissions electric school bus stopped by the Lansing Center on Wednesday for the Michigan Association of Pupil Transportation’s annual conference and trade show.


Snyder at lectern
WKAR

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is in Europe this week as part of a weeklong mission to expand auto investments in the state.

 


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