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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Impression 5 photo
Courtesy photo / Impression 5 Science Center

The city of Lansing has announced its Sense of Place in the Arts grant recipients for the year, and this year they’ve also awarded a grant for a new Arts Impact Project. We speak with Debbie Mikula of the Arts Council of Greater Lansing and Eric Larson of Impression 5 Science Center to find out all about the project and the recipients.


Star Wars movie ticket photo
Quinn Dombrowski / Flickr Creative Commons

With "Star Wars: Episode VII-The Force Awakens" opening last week, "Star Wars" mania is sweeping the nation, and Lansing is no exception. We talk to two local professionals who have been avid "Star Wars" fans since they were children about how the story still resonates with them today.


Ukulele group strum photo
Katie Cook / WKAR

When you think of holiday music, the ukulele probably isn’t the first instrument that comes to mind unless you’re a member of LAUGH, the Lansing Area Ukulele Group. Current State's Katie Cook drops by their most recent “Strum and Sing” to talk to some members of the group and hear them play holiday tunes together.


Maureen Abood photo
w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

If you’re looking to try out some new recipes this holiday season, Michigan chef and food writer Maureen Abood can give you some inspiration. She joins us to share some of her favorite things to cook this time of year.


Jeff Breslin photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Sparrow Health System has moved its inpatient substance abuse unit from St. Lawrence Hospital to its main campus on Michigan Avenue. We speak with Jeff Breslin, president of the union representing Sparrow nurses, to find out why this change concerns them and why they filed an unfair labor practice charge against Sparrow.


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.


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