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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City of Lansing Approves $128 Million Budget

May 16, 2017
Lansing
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

The Lansing City Council approved Mayor Virg Bernero's 2018 budget. 


A portrait of Alice Dreger
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

We celebrate storytelling in many ways here at WKAR. We bring you the news, but also the stories behind the headlines. We tell you the stories of communities and the people in them. And we also ask you to tell us your stories.

 

 


Michigan State University outdoor sign
Mark Bashore / Host/reporter

With the Trump administration’s proposed travel bans tied up in courts, many MSU students are in limbo. Some would have returned to their home countries for the summer. But instead, they’re staying in Michigan. WKAR’s Katie Cook explains.   

 


Tim Busfield, Melissa Gilbert, and students filming a scene in front of Beaumont Tower
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Actor Timothy Busfield is doing something unique at MSU. As an artist in residence, he’s created a class to show students how to make a TV pilot.

But he’s not just showing them how to do it. He’s making them do all the work.


picture of the Michigan Capitol Building
pkaychelle / Flickr

Michigan Representative Lee Chatfield of Levering introduced a bill that would make registering your pistol optional.


Red Cedar Elementary school sign
Joe Linstroth / WKAR-MSU

East Lansing's Acting Superintendent Dori Leyko says now that the school bond has passed, the next step is to pull together people from all the schools' neighborhoods to form committees and begin the design and implementation process of the buildings.


Red Cedar Elementary school sign
Joe Linstroth / WKAR-MSU

Voters in the East Lansing Public School District will decide the future of five schools and how 94 million dollars could be spent. 

Portrait of Nick Berry inside the coffee shop
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Katie Cook takes us to Blue Owl Coffee, which just opened up in REO Town. She talks with co-owner Nick Berry about the role he hopes their shop will play in the neighborhood.


Portrait of storyteller Drew Prosch-Jensen at Abrams Planetarium
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

WKAR’s last Pop-Up Stories event was in February at Abrams Planetarium and the theme was “it’s in the stars.”

Drew Prosch-Jensen told a story inspired by the “dark side of the moon.”

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Lansing will soon have more help fighting violent crime by joining a statewide program that's helped Detroit and Flint. 


The audience sits in Abrams Planetarium underneath the starry ceiling.
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Thursday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Lansing City Market.

They say you should treat others the way you want to be treated, but what happens when you don’t?

We want to hear your personal stories of good deeds, karma, revenge, and “reaping what you sow.” 

Maybe you did something you shouldn’t have and you got what was coming to you… or you got away with it. What did you learn? 
On the other hand, you might have a story of hard work that paid off, or a tale of spreading kindness that has a happy ending.

Skylar Medes and Bob Hoffman
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

The organization ePIFanyNow encourages and spread acts of kindness in the Lansing area. Their upcoming annual Y-PIF awards are for young people doing good in the community.

WKAR’s Brooke Allen speaks with the organization’s founder, Bob Hoffman, and Skylar Medes who was one of last year’s Y-PIF recipients.

A total solar eclipse will cross the United States on August 21, 2017, and people are already making travel plans to get the best glimpse of it.

WKAR’s Morning Edition host Brooke Allen spoke with John French from Abrams Planetarium to find out more.

 

 


A headshot of Judi Harris
Courtesy / St. Vincent Catholic Charities

The executive orders on immigration directly impact immigrants and refugees trying to come to the US and those living here already. But the orders are also causing problems for organizations who support refugees.

 

 


Ozay Moore, Mikeyy Austin, and Sareem Poems standing together
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Some new things are happening in Reo Town.

Lansing rapper Mikeyy Austin is one of the minds behind Reo Town Sessions, a monthly event that highlights local artists and connects them to the community.


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