Mark Bashore

Host, Current State

Mark Bashore is host of Current State, WKAR's daily news show focusing on community issues, arts and culture, music and more.

Mark is well-known to WKAR listeners as mid-Michigan host of All Things Considered for several years prior to hosting Current State.  

Mark Bashore joined WKAR in May 2007. Prior to his arrival at WKAR, he hosted a talk show on WJIM AM in 2005 and previous to that was morning show host and producer at WFMK in Lansing for 14 years.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Mon September 10, 2012

reWorking Michigan: New Lansing Charter School Has Lofty Economic Vision

L3 Academy Founder Paula Cunningham and its President, Sam Davis.
Mark Bashore WKAR

Data often show a clear connection linking employment back to education.  In Lansing, the executives of a new public school academy are going a step further by focusing its curriculum on entrepreneurialism and leadership. 

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NewsRoom
6:56 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

EL Officials Get Input on Downtown

East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas welcomes participants to Friday's gathering to discuss downtown development.
Mark Bashore WKAR

East Lansing city officials say they're pleased with the public input they're getting about what to do with some prime downtown real estate.

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NewsRoom
12:36 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

In Memoriam: Brad Eifert, U.S. Army Veteran

Brad Eifert (right), underwent therapy in Rochester, NY for PTSD. Eifert was found dead Tuesday in a motel in Lansing Township. He was 37.
Carlet Cleare WXXI Rochester, NY

Editor's Note: 

On Veteran's Day 2011, WKAR brought you a story about Brad Eifert, a former Army soldier suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Two years ago, Eifert drew police into a standoff near his Okemos home after he fired his pistol several times.  Instead of prison, a judge ordered therapy for Eifert.  After receiving treatment in Rochester, N.Y., Eifert appeared to be making good progress.

But on Sept. 4, Brad Eifert was found dead in a Lansing Township motel.  He was 37.

The following story was originally aired on Veteran's Day, 2011. 

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NewsRoom
6:36 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Cochran, Schor, Abed Call For Restoration of MI School Funding

Democratic MI House candidates Tom Cochran, Andy Schor and Theresa Abed
Courtesy Michigan House Democrats

Several key Lansing-area Democrats say almost a billion dollars in state education funding should be restored to Michigan schools.

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NewsRoom
6:27 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

In New School Year, MSU Expands Engineering 'CoRe' Program

Tens of thousands of Michigan State University students are a few days into the new academic year.  

At the university's engineering school, administrators contend with one of MSU's highest transfer and dropout rates.  But they're hoping a program that combines class work with non-curricular activities will help more students stick with the major.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue September 4, 2012

WKAR Welcomes New Radio Manager Peter Whorf

Mark Bashore WKAR

WKAR is welcoming a key new member to its management staff.  Peter Whorf joined our organization last week as manager of WKAR Radio--a total of six programming streams spread across FM, AM and the web.

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NewsRoom
6:35 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Lansing Councilwoman: Residents Are 'Millaged to Death'

Lansing City Council member Jody Washington
WKAR file photo

A Lansing city councilwoman thinks Ingham County officials were right to table an idea for a regional parks millage on the November ballot.

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NewsRoom
3:09 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

EL Council to Address Vacancy

East Lansing officials will begin moving toward filling a vacancy on the city council tonight.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue August 28, 2012

With MSU, Holt Educator Keeps Closer Learning Tabs on Students

This school year, Holt Schools' educator Sean Carmody is helping other area teachers learn 'formative assessment.'
Mark Bashore WKAR

Tens of thousands of school teachers are preparing to make their way back to Michigan classrooms. A growing number of them are adding something new to their skill sets. Advocates of “formative assessment” say it’s important to continually track whether students are learning material—not just at test time.

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NewsRoom
6:23 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

EL's Power Resigns from City Council

WKAR file photo

The East Lansing City Council is down one member after Wednesday's unexpected resignation of first-term member Don Power.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Incoming Sexton Principal Discusses LSD Reorganization

Mark Bashore WKAR

Lansing Public School students return to class on September 4 and many will be looking at significant changes.  A system-wide reorganization plan alters how students are grouped together in an effort to boost academic performance in the face of low test scores and declining enrollment.

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NewsRoom
2:40 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Sen. Jones Urges Feds to End Coal Exemption for Lake MI's 'Badger'

State Senator Rick Jones
WKAR file photo

A Lansing-area state legislator is urging federal environmental officials to get tough with the coal-fired SS Badger.

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NewsRoom
2:07 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

New Order Helps Young Undocumented Immigrants

Lansing DACA applicant Ramiro Estrada (left) with supporters including Father Fred Thelen (right) at Cristo Rey Church.
Mark Bashore WKAR

A new presidential order is giving many young, undocumented immigrants in mid-Michigan a shot at legal temporary employment.

The "DACA" program, or "‘Delayed Action for Childhood Arrivals," took effect Wednesday. The Obama Administration order applies to young undocumented immigrants who arrived here before the age of 16.

Ramiro Estrada arrived in Lansing as a 12-year old.  He would like a job to continue his college education in nursing.        

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Ingham Official, Others Frustrated Over MI Foreclosure Practices

niallkennedy flickr creative commons

Last summer, Ingham County Register of Deeds Curtis Hertel Jr. threw his support behind a proposal to reform Michigan’s foreclosure practices.  The measure is an effort to join 23 other states by enacting “judicial” foreclosure in Michigan. 

Under the approach, a judge is assigned to personally review the details of all home foreclosures.  Advocates say that exposes an often bewildering process to more scrutiny and reduces cases of wrongful foreclosure.

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NewsRoom
6:23 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Lansing Has Plan for Expanded Red Cedar Project

WKAR file photo

A review team has selected a development plan for Lansing's so-called Red Cedar Renaissance project.

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NewsRoom
6:32 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Enviro Group: MSU Study Shows Economic Benefits of More Renewable

imma morgueFile

An environmental group says Michigan's economy would get a boost if it relied more on renewable energy sources.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Recent College Grads Hope to Acquire Critical Skills in Detroit

WKAR file photo

A new program is offering talented college grads the chance to learn entrepreneurialism on the front lines. It also aims to help perk up job creation in some of America’s most economically challenged cities, including Detroit.

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NewsRoom
2:23 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Lansing Cmty College Announces $67m in Renovations

Lansing Community College President Brent Knight
Mark Bashore WKAR

Lansing Community College is launching a $67-million renovation that will update and expand dozens of classrooms and social spaces.  School officials--who call the project “transformative”—say the changes will improve the overall student experience at the school.

LCC President Brent Knight claims renovations to science classrooms will make them one of the best undergraduate learning environments in the country.           

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Election 2012
12:00 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Election 2012: After Dryer Reversal, Delhi Conservatives Press for More Change

Mark Bashore WKAR

All seven members of Delhi Township’s Board of Trustees are up for re-election this fall.  And in next Tuesday’s primary, voters have some pretty clear choices.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu July 26, 2012

JORDYN WIEBER AND THE OLYMPICS: Rita Wieber Offers Advice as ‘Gym Mom’

Mark Bashore WKAR

Only three days remain before DeWitt gymnast Jordyn Wieber begins her much-anticipated medal quest at the 2012 Olympics.

Long before her daughter’s Olympic potential was clear, Rita Wieber wanted to write a book to help guide other gymnastics parents with what she learned. That part of the Wiebers’ journey can be explored in the new book, “Gym Mom:  Surviving Your Daughter's Gymnastics Career.”

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NewsRoom
3:33 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Clare Man Is First in Area with 'Bionic' Ankle

Mike Coon gets acclimated to his new 'bionic' knee Monday in Lansing.
Mark Bashore WKAR

A Clare man has become the first mid-Michigan recipient of what's being called a "bionic" ankle.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
12:00 am
Mon July 23, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Motorcycle Culture at Heart of Haslett Company’s Success

Mark Bashore WKAR

A unique mid-Michigan business is succeeding in keeping it loose at work.  Baker Drive Train in Haslett has carved out a profitable niche in the motorcycle business with cutting edge transmissions it designs and sells all over the world.  WKAR’s Mark Bashore reports on a married couple who left their buttoned-down GM jobs to embrace the rowdier culture of high performance motorcycles. 

There’s energy on the shop floor to start the workday at Baker Drive Train.  A little ‘liquid metal’ with your caffeine of choice is just the ticket for clearing out the morning cobwebs.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Lansing Councilwoman Jody Washington Speaks About Her Roller Coaster Term

Lansing City Council member Jody Washington
Mark Bashore WKAR

Six months ago, political newcomer Jody Washington became Lansing’s First Ward representative on the city council.  She ran to address serious challenges like the city’s burgeoning, long-term pension and health care deficit. Washington calls her brief tenure a 'roller coaster' and admits being disappointed.  WKAR’s Mark Bashore sat down with her to explore why.

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NewsRoom
6:49 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

For Second Time, Ingham Officials Stop Home Auction

WKAR file photo

For the second time, Ingham County officials have intervened in the public auction of a Meridian Township home they say has been wrongfully foreclosed.

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NewsRoom
6:31 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Lansing Council Member Blasts Bernero Over Comment

Lansing City Council member Jody Washington
WKAR file photo

First term Lansing City Council member Jody Washington has upbraided Mayor Virg Bernero, alleging he referred to her as "Eric Hewitt in drag."

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Drought Begins to Worry Mid-Michigan Corn Growers

With more plentiful rain, Lane Cook's sweet corn would be a few feet taller. The Okemos farmer is bracing for a poor harvest.
Mark Bashore WKAR

2012 is already unfolding as a year that many Michigan crop growers would like to forget. The state’s warmest March ever led to the destruction of almost all of its apples and tart cherries--a combined loss in the hundreds of millions of dollars. As summer settles in, a prolonged dry spell has thousands of mid- and south-Michigan corn growers praying for rain.

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NewsRoom
6:31 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

NWS: Lansing Sets Its All Time High Temperature Record

WKAR file photo

The National Weather Service says Lansing set a record Friday for its highest temperature ever officially recorded.

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NewsRoom
2:33 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

President Simon Expects F-RIB Strategy in 2-3 Weeks

Courtesy Michigan State University

Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon says she expects to announce a strategy for the school's much anticipated F-RIB project in two to three weeks.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Judge Economy: Life Prison Sentence Still Possible for Lansing Teen

Judge George Economy
Courtesy Ingham County

A ruling last week by the U.S. Supreme Court has confusing repercussions for a recent court decision in Lansing.  The high court ruled that laws like Michigan’s that sometimes mandate life sentences for juveniles found guilty of serious crimes are unconstitutional.

In January, a jury found 15-year old Charles Lewis Junior of Lansing guilty of accomplice to murder, a felony. WKAR’ Mark Bashore spoke with Ingham County Judge George Economy to clarify how the ruling impacts Lewis’ sentence.     

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NewsRoom
6:16 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Safety Concerns Lead to Fireworks Ban at Lansing July 4th Event

nasirkhan morgueFile

City of Lansing officials say it will ban fireworks from Adado Riverfront Park Wednesday night at the city's Independence Day celebration.  

A statement from the office of Mayor Virg Bernero says the ban is due to dry conditions and to ensure safety.

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