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

A group named Let Lansing Vote organized a petition drive which successfully suspended the city’s new medical marijuana ordinance. They submitted an estimated 6,400 signatures to the City Clerk’s office Friday.

View of Ormond Park from the Groesbeck Golf Course parking lot.
Naina Rao / WKAR-MSU

Ingham County Circuit Judge James Jamo today ruled that construction of a new driveway entrance to Groesbeck Golf Course through Ormond Park may proceed.

The Park District Planning Area Property Includes the old bank building on the corner of Grand River and Abbot.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Some East Lansing residents have expressed their happiness with the Park District Planning Area property being torn down this weekend. WKAR’s Katie Cook spoke to several Friday, including two employees of businesses near the property.



Shankar Vedantam photo
Courtesy photo / NPR

The NPR program Hidden Brain will be joining the WKAR NewsTalk lineup this weekend on 94.5 FM and AM 870. Here’s an excerpt of Katie Cook’s conversation with host Shankar Vedantam last year. She first asked him what listeners can expect from an episode of Hidden Brain.

Vacant buildings in downtown East Lansing.
Mark Bashore / WKAR-MSU

East Lansing’s Park District Planning Area property located at 100 West Grand Ave. is scheduled to be demolished October 7-8. This will cause some road closures beginning Friday October 6.

packed gym of people
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

The Williamston Board of Education met for four hours last night, hearing public comment on their proposed policy for transgender and non-conforming students.

Brick building with a hole in it and broken windows
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Lansing Police Public Information Director Robert Merritt says an investigation into Tuesday’s crash determined that bus driver disregarded the traffic light, ran the red light and was found at fault.

Portrait of Shayla Kandell
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Puerto Rico is reeling from the damage left by Hurricane Maria. Residents of the US Territory face long lines for fuel, as millions of people have gone nearly a week without power. WKAR’s Katie Cook talked to Michigan State University students from Puerto Rico who have family on the island.

Brick building with a hole in it and broken windows
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

The Lansing State Journal reports that a school bus driving south on Cedar St. ran a red light at Michigan Ave. this morning, crashing into another car and the Stadium District Building across from Cooley Law School Stadium.


No children were on the bus. The driver and passenger of the car did not require medical attention, and the bus driver and bus monitor were taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Kristy and Dana Dumont
Kristy Dumont / WKAR-MSU

Two Michigan agencies are denying a same-sex couple from Dimondale the chance to adopt a child, and the ACLU is suing Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services because of it.


Justin King standing behind the bar.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Wine and Spirits Magazine named six of the country’s best new sommeliers in their October issue, and one of them is right in our backyard. Justin King is the owner of Bridge Street Social in Dewitt. Katie Cook talks to him about wine and hospitality in Michigan.


A portrait of Sergio Martinez-Beltran
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Hurricane Maria has been weakened to a category 3 hurricane and continues to wreak havoc on Puerto Rico, leaving the entire unincorporated US territory without power.



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

Lansing City Council approved a medical marijuana ordinance more than a week ago that sets the cap on the number of dispensaries at 25. With unofficial estimates putting the number of dispensaries in the city as high as 70, this has dispensary owners concerned.

East Lansing city hall photo
WKAR Photo

East Lansing will keep the proposed income tax on the November ballot after negotiations with Michigan State University over removing it from the ballot fell through.




East Lansing City Clerk Marie Wicks told WKAR Tuesday that the city council does not plan to remove the income tax item from the ballot during tonight's meeting.

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.