Katie Cook

News Reporter

Katie Cook is a general assignment reporter at WKAR. 

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

On this edition of Current State: Michigan lawmakers findings on MSU/Nassar; the "seduction of an unmarried woman law" in Michigan; Personal memories of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Preparing for Severe Weather Season and getting rid of stink bugs!

Former MSU Football Players
Courtesy / MSU Football

Three former Michigan State University football players accused in the 2017 sexual assault of a woman in an apartment bathroom pleaded guilty to reduced charges.



Ormond Park sign with an RIP sign below it.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

The controversial entrance to Groesbeck Golf Course was a topic of major interest last year. Now that the entrance is paved, WKAR’s Katie Cook revisited the site and caught up with the Friends of Ormond Park to find out where things stand with their lawsuit against the city.

booking photo
Courtesy / Michigan Attorney General

Former Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine dean William Strampel, Larry Nassar’s former boss, was charged today with misconduct in office, criminal sexual conduct, and two counts of neglect of duty.


One attorney who represents over 100 Nassar survivors has received letters and phone calls over the past 14 months about Strampel's conduct. WKAR’s Katie Cook has more.

Jennifer Weiss-Wolf
Jennifer Weiss-Wolf/YouTube

Helping Women Period was started to help women in Lansing receive the products they need when they need them. They’re holding a fundraiser tomorrow morning and author and activist Jennifer Weiss-Wolf will be speaking.



Bishop Earl Boyea stands with the members of the task force.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Bishop Earl Boyea announced the formation of a task force on Race and Catholic Schools Tuesday afternoon.

WKAR Connects

On this week's Current State: WKAR Connects, a series of stories looking at local organizations who offer support for survivors of sexual and domestic abuse; two MSU students who created a teal Facebook frame to show support for sexual assault survivors; a conversation with East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows; a concert and album release from the MSU graduate group Mirabai; and conversation and song with comedic singer-songwriter Wally Pleasant.

Cindie Alwood
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Nearly 3 in 10 women and 1 in 10 men in the US have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by a partner.


Cindie Alwood, executive director at The Women’s Center of Greater Lansing, says often women don’t leave these abusive relationships because they don’t have the means to support themselves. And that’s why career counseling is such a big part of what the center does.


According to the Centers for Disease Control, as many as 1 out of 4 girls and 1 out of 6 boys will experience some form of sexual abuse before the age of 18.


With a combination of effective counseling and support from parents or caregivers, children can and do recover from these experiences.

For today’s edition of WKAR Connects, we look at Small Talk, a local organization that’s been working to provide child victims of sexual and domestic abuse the resources they need to heal since 2011.

Tashmica Torok

This week we’re looking at local organizations working to end sexual and domestic violence in a series called WKAR Connects. Our hope is that by highlighting these groups, we can connect our listeners who need help to the resources they need.

Today WKAR’s Katie Cook talks with Tashmica Torok, Founder and Executive Director of The Firecracker Foundation. Torok begins by explaining what services the organization offers.


Protestors yelled angry words at police for escorting attendees of Spencer's talk into the MSU Pavilion.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

A large crowd protesting Richard Spencer’s speech gathered in the parking lot north of the MSU Pavilion Monday.


In February, Lansing police responded to 95 calls for domestic violence and nearly 20 calls for sexual assault. According to RAINN, the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, two-thirds of sexual assaults are NOT reported to authorities.

Those are the facts. Now let’s talk about how to get help. This week we’re bringing you a series called “WKAR Connects,” where we let you know about local organizations working to end sexual and domestic violence.

The first one we look at is End Violent Encounters, also known as EVE. WKAR’s Katie Cook spoke with Executive Director Erin Roberts.

Scott Pohl / WKAR Public Media

WKAR's Katie Cook reports counter-protesters are waiting for the speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer to finish. Meanwhile, Scott Pohl reports from inside MSU Pavilion, Spencer claimed one of his supporters was attacked. 

Cheyna Roth

WKAR's Katie Cook is covering counter-protesters outside white nationalist Richard Spencer's scheduled talk outside of the MSU Pavilion. She said there are some fights breaking out and some arrests.