Katie Cook

News Reporter

Katie Cook is a general assignment reporter at WKAR. 

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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Skyler Ashley / WKAR-MSU

It’s time for another one of our Pop-Up Stories! This one was told by Bob Kirkby last October, where the theme was “transformations.”


Pop-Up Stories returns this Thursday, March 1st with an event at the Capital Region International Airport!

Skyler Ashley / WKAR-MSU

WKAR’s Pop-Up Stories returns this Thursday March 1. We’ll be at the Capital Region International Airport and the theme is “Around The World: Travel Stories.”

On the Feb. 24-25 edition of Current State: neighbors struggling with floodwaters & how you can help; learn where Michigan's gubernatorial candidates stand on gun debate; learn about Dolores Huerta and why she's coming to MSU; two Lansing men make sure dozens of children see Black Panther movie and helping feed fish thanks to whiskey by-products.

The 1000 block of Beech Street, Friday, Feb. 23.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

The 1000 block of Beech Street is a small stretch of road between Hazel and Elm; a diverse, working-class neighborhood just a little northeast of REO Town. And right now, it’s basically a lake.



John Engler
Katie / WKAR-MSU

Michigan State University Interim President John Engler said at a news conference Wednesday that the campus is facing the worst flooding it’s seen in 40 years, but he believes they are well prepared.



flooded river
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

The Lansing Office of Emergency Management is recommending evacuation in various neighborhoods due to possible flooding. WKAR’s Katie Cook has more.


Rachael Denhollander speaking to the media.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Larry Nassar received his third and final sentence this morning in Eaton County.





man at sentencing
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Disgraced former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics physician Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40-125 years in prison in Eaton County on Monday. 

Picture of Randall Margraves in courtroom
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Larry Nassar’s second day of sentencing in Eaton County got off to a typical start this morning but was soon thrown into chaos when a man lunged at Larry Nassar. WKAR’s Katie Cook has more from the courtroom.

Courtesy Photo / WDIV-TV

Judge Janice Cunningham of Eaton County’s Circuit Court will hear more statements from victims of Larry Nassar on Friday.

On Wednesday, she heard from 29 victims in person, by video, and through written statements read aloud. Some of the women, like Katherine Ebert, had strong words for Michigan State University.

Courtesy Photo / WDIV-TV

Larry Nassar is being sentenced in Eaton County this week for three charges of first degree criminal sexual assault. These charges are part of the universal plea agreement that includes the Ingham County charges.




AG Bill Schuette
File photo / WKAR-MSU

The Larry Nassar scandal has resulted in a slew of investigations. So many, that it’s hard to keep up with them all. The Michigan Attorney General’s Office, the NCAA, and the US Board of Education are all looking into MSU’s handling of Nassar, plus members of Congress like Senator Gary Peters and Representative Mike Bishop have called for investigations into the US Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics.

Zach Gorchow headshot

Leaders at Michigan State University have come under a great deal of criticism not only for the Larry Nassar scandal, but for how they have handled its aftermath.



Gwen Anderson reading her statement in court.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Many of Larry Nassar’s victims say his Ingham County sentencing was a significant step in their journey toward healing. And yet some, like Gwen Anderson, remind us that there’s still much more to be done.