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.

 

Ways to Connect

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President-elect Donald Trump nominated Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos to serve as Secretary of Education. We talk with Rebecca Jacobsen of MSU’s Education Policy Center and Gary Naeyaert of the Great Lakes Education Project about what public education might look like if DeVos is confirmed.


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For Neighbors in Action this week we learn about the Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan from its relatively new executive director, Felipe Lopez Sustaita.


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The Cryonics Institute in Clinton Township, Michigan is one of only three full-service cryonics facilities in the world. We talk with senior board member Patrick Heller about what they do.


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Katie Cook / WKAR

Michigan has long been a home to refugees from around the world.

In this week’s “Neighbors in Action,” we talk to an organization that helps refugees that land in the Lansing area adjust to life in America.

Executive director Erika Brown Binion explains the work of the Refugee Development Center.

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The Capital Area IT Council and Capital Area Michigan Works are hosting a networking event for Michiganders returning for the Thanksgiving holiday. The event is called “Capital Comeback." We talk with an organizer and with a Michigander who moved away from the region and then moved back.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

We talk to the famous “singing cashier” of Lansing, Lucas Holliday, who was recorded singing at work in a YouTube video that went viral and brought him more attention than he could have imagined.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Imagine a community organization with more than 500 volunteers! You could be imagining the roster of volunteers for Lansing’s Allen Neighborhood Center. The ANC’s Denise Paquette and Marta Webanowska join us for Neighbors in Action.


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Current State’s Katie Cook speaks with MSU College of Music alum Jonathan Kirkland about what it’s like to play George Washington in the Chicago production of "Hamilton."


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Current State talks with general manager Emily Gray of Gracie's Contemporary Bistro in Williamston, which has undergone a recent transformation.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

We speak with choreographer, dancer and "So You Think You Can Dance" coach Billy Bell ahead of his appearance this Saturday at Happendance in Okemos, in partnership with MSU Friends of Theatre.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

For Neighbors in Action this week, we learn about the MSU Student Parent Resource Center within the MSU Family Resource Center. They help MSU students who also happen to be parents navigate college life.


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The play "Disgraced" addresses Islamophobia and challenges facing Muslim-Americans. We learn about the Lansing production of the Pulitzer Prize winner that runs through next week.


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There is an area of Yellowstone Park known as the "Zone of Death" because, due to a constitutional loophole, a crime committed there could go unpunished. We talk with the MSU law professor who first published a paper about this loophole.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

For Neighbors in Action, we talk with John Leask of the Capital Area Literacy Coalition, also known as The Reading People.


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It’s time again for the beloved East Lansing Film Festival.  Each year, the festival takes on a certain flavor, and this year’s is “Exceptional People.”

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