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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This week as part of our MI Voice series, we’re bringing you short stories from youth at St. Vincent’s Children’s Home. St. Vincent’s offers a Case Planning, Stabilization and Treatment Program for children ages five to seventeen who are unable to maintain in a home setting due to safety issues.

The young people who wanted to participate wrote about following their dreams, and then read their stories aloud to us. To protect their privacy, we will refer to them with a single letter.

 

This week as part of our MI Voice series, we’re bringing you short stories from youth at St. Vincent’s Children’s Home. St. Vincent’s offers a Case Planning, Stabilization and Treatment Program for children ages five to seventeen who are unable to maintain in a home setting due to safety issues.

The young people who wanted to participate wrote about following their dreams, and then read their stories aloud to us. To protect their privacy, we will refer to them with a single letter.

 

This week as part of our MI Voice series, we’re bringing you short stories from youth at St. Vincent’s Children’s Home. St. Vincent’s offers a Case Planning, Stabilization and Treatment Program for children ages five to seventeen who are unable to maintain in a home setting due to safety issues.

The young people who wanted to participate wrote about following their dreams, and then read their stories aloud to us. To protect their privacy, we will refer to them with a single letter.

Monday’s story comes from a 16 year-old young lady named “K.”

 


(L to R) Bishop Earl Boyea, Father Jonathan Wehrle, Attorney Lawrence Nolan, Assistant County Prosecutor Andrew Stevens.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Two bishops took the stand in the preliminary hearing for former Okemos priest Jonathan Wehrle today. The court is trying to decide if the case will go to trial.

 

 


Court Room
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

A judge is deciding whether to send the case against Rev. Jonathan Wehrle to trial. Bishop Earl Boyea is expected to testify in Ingham County's 55th District Court Friday.

A man in a canoe in the streets of Houston.
David Astrein

Updated August 29th with Jasmine Knight's story.

 

David Astrein went to MSU for his undergrad and graduate degrees, and moved to Houston after graduating in 2008. He lives in The Heights, a neighborhood in northwest central Houston.


MaryAnn Boylan shows off the cougar shirt she made with her students.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

This past June marked the first time a cougar sighting in Michigan’s lower peninsula was ever confirmed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

 

But most residents of Bath Township, where the cougar was photographed, weren’t surprised. There have been rumors and unconfirmed cougar sightings for years.


Katie Cook / WKAR Public Media

The Walnut Park Apartments project is an affordable housing apartment complex that will be built on the campus of the former Michigan School for the Blind. 


moon in front of the sun
Courtesy of NASA/SDO / PBS

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

 


Katie Cook / WKAR Public Media

Michigan State University president Lorenzo Santavicca is not happy with a request from a white nationalist organization to speak on campus next month. 


Various signs of medical marijuana dispensaries in Lansing.
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR Public Media

Nearly 30 people weighed in on the latest draft of Lansing's marijuana ordinance at the public hearing Monday night at city hall, giving a wide range of perspectives and opinions.

 

There was one common thread however: most who spoke do not want the current version of this ordinance to pass.

 


Michigan Dept. of Transporatation Map

There are some Lansing road closures starting this weekend to be aware of as you plan your travels and commutes.

 

 


Storyteller Zoë Van Dorn
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Today we’re bringing you the final story we selected from our last Pop-Up Stories in June that was held at Fenner Nature Center. The theme was “blazing a trail.” At six and a half years old, Zoë Van Dorn is our youngest storyteller ever. Here she is telling a short but sweet story about a family trip.


Storyteller Marissa Thaler
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

All week long we’ve been bringing you stories from our last event at Fenner Nature Center, where the theme was “blazing a trail.” Here’s a story from storyteller Marissa Thaler about how her mom helped their family change course.

 


East Lansing voters photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Only a small fraction of registered voters voted in yesterday’s primary elections, either by going to the polls or voting absentee.

 

 

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