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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MSU Students React To President Simon's Resignation

Jan 25, 2018
Lou Anna Simon photo
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MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon announced her resignation Wednesday night amid growing pressure to step down in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal. WKAR Intern Amanda Barberena walked the halls of MSU’s Communication Arts and Sciences building Thursday to get a few student reactions.





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Former MSU and USA Olympic doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years Wednesday in Ingham County, but victims are still asking for accountability and change. WKAR’s Katie Cook has more.

Larry Nassar photo
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We’ve been keeping you up to date on Larry Nassar's Ingham County sentencing hearings since they started last Tuesday, and today is the final day. WKAR’s Katie Cook has more.

Nassar with bailiff
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Monday marks day five of former MSU doctor Larry Nassar’s sentencing hearings in Ingham County. WKAR’s Katie Cook has more.


AG Bill Schuette
File photo / WKAR-MSU

MSU President Lou Anna Simon and the university Board of Trustees went into a closed-door meeting. That’s following a growing chorus of calls for Simon to resign or be fired.

Larry Nassar photo
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Today was originally scheduled to be the final day of the Larry Nassar sentencing proceedings in Ingham County, but they will be continuing next week. The number of women coming forward to give victim-impact statements has been growing every day since sentencing began Tuesday.

Larry Nassar photo
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Today is the fourth day of former MSU doctor Larry Nassar’s sentencing hearings in Lansing.  

Yesterday’s proceedings began with a delay. Judge Rosemarie Aquilina explained that she had been reviewing a 6 page letter received from Nassar the night before. In it, he writes he is very concerned about his ability to be able to face witnesses, mentally.

Chelsea Williams
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

As we head into another day of sentencing proceedings for former MSU Doctor Larry Nassar in Lansing, some are still asking how a doctor was able to sexually abuse 125 women and girls before being discovered.

One woman who spoke Wednesday said that in the disciplined world of competitive gymnastics, you don’t question those who are involved in your training. Especially a world-renowned doctor who treats famous athletes.

Rachael Denhollander (R) was the first woman to publicly accuse Nassar of sexual assault. She thanks MSU President Simon for attending the sentencing.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

The Larry Nassar sentencing proceedings continued in Lansing today, and a growing number of victims have been expressing outrage at those they say enabled Nassar’s abuse.

Larry Nassar photo
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Tuesday was the first day of sentencing proceedings for former MSU doctor Larry Nassar in Ingham County. In November, Nassar pleaded guilty to seven counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct in Ingham County. During these proceedings, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina is allowing Nassar's victims to speak before she passes a sentence.

This story contains descriptions of sexual abuse.

Nassar in courtroom
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Ingham County sentencing proceedings begin tomorrow on sexual abuse charges for former MSU Doctor Larry Nassar. In November, Nassar pleaded guilty to seven counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct in Ingham County.

All 125 victims who reported sexual abuse by Nassar will be given a chance to speak during this week’s proceedings, which are scheduled through Friday.

In December, Nassar was sentenced to 60 years in prison on federal child pornography charges.

Sarah Pechtel is General Curator at Potter Park Zoo.
Katie / WKAR-MSU

Some people love the cold and some just aren’t built for it… and the same goes for the animal kingdom. WKAR’s Katie Cook stopped by Potter Park Zoo last week to see which animals are thriving in winter, and which ones want nothing to do with it.

We look ahead to what the Michigan legislature will tackle in 2018; the remarkable singing career of Anita Baker as she prepares for a farewell tour; Jackson's new mayor Derek Dobies; MSU's top ranking in college basketball; an East Lansing place where you can volunteer and more. 

Lorenzo Lopez holds his miniature Cesar E. Chavez street sign.
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A small crowd braved the freezing cold Tuesday afternoon to watch the unveiling of the Cesar Chavez street sign.


City Rescue Mission's sign
Courtesy / City Rescue Mission

With temperatures dipping to the single digits and below zero in the Lansing area, local homeless shelters are providing as much assistance as they can.