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

Lansing City Council adopted a resolution last night to investigate how an entrance Mayor Bernero wants to build into Groesbeck Golf Course got approved.

 

WKAR's Brooke Allen spoke with the mayor to get his thoughts on the entrance.

 

 


A portrait of Jennifer with her daughter Daniele.
Jennifer Spaulding / Courtesy

Although medical marijuana is legal in Michigan, it's not attainable for patients through VA hospitals. We talk with a veteran who is trying to change that because she says medical marijuana turned her life around.

This story may not be appropriate for some of our youngest listeners.

WKAR Special Report: Marijuana in Michigan
illustration / WKAR-MSU

The Lansing City Council met Monday evening to discuss the medical marijuana ordinance as a Committee of the Whole.

 

Because the meeting was followed by their regularly scheduled council meeting, the only issue they had time to get to was the option of whether to include a commission.

 

A commission is a group who reviews applications for licenses for medical marijuana establishments. Without a commission, the applications would go through the city clerk’s office.

 

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

The Lansing City Council meets Monday, June 12 to discuss the latest draft of their medical marijuana ordinance.


Demetric Vance
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

One of three former Michigan State University football players accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a January party was arraigned in East Lansing on Tuesday.  


Groesbeck Golf Course sign and club house.
Naina Rao / WKAR-MSU

As a result of last night’s special meeting of the Lansing City Council, Groesbeck Golf Course management will be handed over to Lansing Entertainment and Public Facilities Authority, or LEPFA.

 

 


Groesbeck Golf Course sign and club house.
Naina Rao / WKAR-MSU

The Lansing City Council will hold a special meeting tonight to vote on whether to override Mayor Bernero’s veto regarding the management of Groesbeck Golf Course.

 


A portrait of Amal outside
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Today is the first day of Ramadan, a holy time of fasting for Muslims. For the next few weeks, we’ll be spending time with local Muslims to learn what Ramadan means to them. We started with MSU student Amal Matovu.

 

police officer driving car
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Police officers in the state would follow stricter guidelines for body camera use under a law that passed through the State House of Representatives this week.

 

 


Needle
redorbit.com

The Lansing City Council voted Monday to approve a needle exchange program aimed at reducing the spread of HIV and other infections.

 

Drug paraphernalia is considered illegal under Michigan state law, except in the case of needle exchange programs. The council’s decision last night put the city ordinance in line with that state law.

 

Lansing City Council
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

The latest medical marijuana ordinance was introduced at Monday night’s Lansing City Council meeting, but a public hearing date was not set.

 

 


A portrait of Alexandra Leonard
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Every day this week, we’re bringing you a story from our last Pop-Up Stories event, where the theme was "reaping what you sow."

Here’s storyteller Alexandra Leonard with a different take on the theme- and just a warning- the story involves some details about a wild animal preying on other animals.

 


Virg Bernero photo
W.R. Richards / WKAR-MSU file photo

Today Mayor Bernero vetoed a major change to his proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget that the Lansing City Council adopted on Monday.

 


A portrait of Faizan Shafique
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Every day this week, we’re bringing you a story from our last Pop-Up Stories event, where the theme was "reaping what you sow."

Here’s storyteller Faizan Shafique sharing an important lesson he learned when he was a boy.

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The East Lansing school district is seeing some turnover in leadership.


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