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.

 

Ways to Connect

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
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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.


A portrait of Tyra High
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 Tyra High sharing about how she and her mother learned to sow into each other’s lives.


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Michigan priest charged with embezzling money from Okemos church.

A portrait of Inna Phelps
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 Inna Phelps sharing about her experiences with karma.

 

City of Lansing Approves $128 Million Budget

May 16, 2017
Lansing
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

The Lansing City Council approved Mayor Virg Bernero's 2018 budget. 


A portrait of Alice Dreger
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

We celebrate storytelling in many ways here at WKAR. We bring you the news, but also the stories behind the headlines. We tell you the stories of communities and the people in them. And we also ask you to tell us your stories.

 

 


Michigan State University outdoor sign
Mark Bashore / Host/reporter

With the Trump administration’s proposed travel bans tied up in courts, many MSU students are in limbo. Some would have returned to their home countries for the summer. But instead, they’re staying in Michigan. WKAR’s Katie Cook explains.   

 


Tim Busfield, Melissa Gilbert, and students filming a scene in front of Beaumont Tower
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Actor Timothy Busfield is doing something unique at MSU. As an artist in residence, he’s created a class to show students how to make a TV pilot.

But he’s not just showing them how to do it. He’s making them do all the work.


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