Katie Cook

Assistant Producer, Current State

Katie Cook

As assistant producer for Current State with Mark Bashore, Katie Cook produces daily segments for the show, with a focus on cultural and social issues and the arts. She also contributes to the show's social media presence.

Katie Cook joined WKAR in August 2015.
 
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

Maurice Henry Carter and Doug Tjapkes photo
Courtesy photo / Doug Tjapkes

The true story of Maurice Henry Carter, who was wrongfully convicted and served 29 years for shooting a Benton Harbor police officer, was turned into a play that will be performed tonight and Sunday in the Lansing area. We speak with director Lisa Biggs,  and Doug Tjapkes, the man who worked for ten years to help free Carter.


children in green shirts
Big Brothers, Big Sisters--Michigan Capital Region

Those of us with siblings, especially older ones, can attest to the influence they had on us growing up, for better or worse. For today’s Neighbors in Action, Current State speaks with the Director of Development at Big Brothers, Big Sisters for the Michigan Capital Region Jesse Klinger, as well as Chris Gabler, a senior at East Lansing High who has been with his Big Brother for 10 years. 

Every Wednesday on Current State, we bring you Neighbors in Action, a look at an area organization working to make Greater Lansing a better place. 

Barbara Schneider photo
Courtesy photo / MSU College of Education

The National Science Foundation has awarded MSU a grant that will allow them to study and test the best ways to improve science learning in schools. We speak with principal investigator for the project Barbara Schneider.


Quran photo
Metropolico.org / Flickr Creative Commons

Current State speaks with Islamic Center of East Lansing board member Dr. Farhan Bhatti and Dr. Farha Abbasi, a psychiatrist at MSU, about the misunderstandings surrounding Islam today.


There is more to the struggle of homelessness than just finding a place to live. Haven House in East Lansing goes beyond sheltering homeless families and helps them prepare for permanent housing by promoting self-sufficiency, stability, and financial responsibility. For Neighbors in Action this week, we speak with Haven House Executive Director Angie Mayeaux and Carla, a former Haven House resident.

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