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

Melissa Osborn telling her story at Urban Beat
Katie Wittenauer / MSU-RCAH

Here’s a story from our January Pop-Up Stories where the theme was “clean slate.”

 

Storyteller Melissa Osborn shared her story of leaving a domestic violence situation, and using that experience to help others.

Khalid Ibrahim standing at the microphone telling a story
Katie Wittenauer / RCAH- MSU

 

The theme of our January Pop-Up Stories event was “clean slate.” Storyteller Khalid Ibrahim shared his story about immigrating to the US from Pakistan when he was twelve.

 


Portrait of Coach Steve Finamore in basketball gym
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

The East Lansing High School boys basketball team is undefeated this season, with a 14 and 0 record. They work hard, but they try not to take themselves too seriously, says Coach Steve Finamore.


Headshot of Rachel Lewis
Courtesy / Lansing School District

The Lansing School Board chose Rachel Lewis as their president earlier this year.

 

Lewis has been on the board since 2011 and served as Vice President in 2016.

 

 


Members of the Everett band warming up in their band room
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

WKAR's Katie Cook visits the final rehearsal at the school before the band makes the trip to Washington D.C.

 


Picture of a violin
Shunichi kouroki / Flickr Creative Commons

In 2013, Lansing School District elementary teachers with specialized arts certifications were laid off due to budget cuts; cuts that were made because the district faced a multi-million dollar deficit.    

Now, four new specialized music teachers have been hired by the district.

 

 


Peter Johnston at the microphone telling a story
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

The last Pop-Up Stories event of 2016 took place at REACH Studio Art Gallery in REO Town. 

The theme was “turning over a new leaf.” Storyteller Peter Johnston shared a story about moving to Chicago right after college.

Yvonne Camaal Canul at WKAR radio studio
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

After cutting back on arts programming, Lansing Schools have re-added certified music educators to elementary classrooms.  

District Superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul says she hopes to put art specialists back into elementary schools soon.

 

Po-Up Stories microphone photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

WKAR’s Pop-Up Stories will be back with an event in Old Town Lansing this week. Scott Pohl talks with producer Katie Cook about what’s in store.

microphone with Pop-Up stories button pins
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Thursday January, 12 at 6:30 pm at Urban Beat Event Center in Old Town, Lansing.  

A hand writing on a chalkboard.
Denis Labrecque / Flickr Creative Commons

Michigan is experiencing a shortage of substitute teachers.


Mari Vineyards at sunset.
Tom Balazs / Mari Vineyards

Michigan’s wine scene is an emerging one, and it’s more diverse than you might think. That’s according to Wine Enthusiast Magazine, who selected Michigan as one of its “wine regions on the rise” this year.

 


Two female students smiling at a Flint school event
Courtesy / MSU College of Education

How can you create positive, lasting transformation in a school district? One way is to offer support to its principals.

This has been a key strategy in the ongoing partnership between Michigan State University and Flint Community Schools. The partnership now heads into its second year with a renewal of a 2.1 million dollar grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.


Welcoming week photo
Courtesy photo / Welcoming Michigan

We talk with Rep. Stephanie Chang and Christine Sauvé of Welcoming Michigan about "Stand Strong, Respect Michigan."


Mother Teresa House photo
Courtesy photo

For Neighbors in Action, we talk with Mother Teresa House founder Karen Bussey about helping people facing serious health issues.


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