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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Election 2012
2:09 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

State Approves Ballot Effort for Private Casino Expansion

Supporters of casino expansion in Michigan are moving ahead with efforts to put the issue before voters this November.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue April 3, 2012

EL Council to Revisit City Center II Plan Tuesday Night

East Lansing officials will decide Tuesday night whether the latest City Center II plans are worth further study. The East Lansing City Council is expected to vote on a ‘pre-development’ agreement with Strathmore Development involving the proposed $105 million mixed-use project.

The agreement calls for an outside accounting study of the plan to be paid for by developer Scott Chappelle. It would also give the City Council until July to decide whether to finally go forward with the often-delayed project.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri March 30, 2012

First Tedx MSU Gathering Explores “Glocal”

For going on three years, local organizers have exposed cutting edge ideas in technology, entertainment and design at TEDx Lansing.  Now, for the first time, East Lansing organizers are hosting a TED event. 

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue March 20, 2012

MSU’s Demmer Center to Spread “Lean Manufacturing” Know-How

Michigan manufacturers could strengthen their operations with help from a new Michigan State University initiative. 

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NewsRoom
6:29 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Gov says Agreement Retains Detroit Officials' Influence

Governor Rick Snyder says a controversial plan to prevent the appointment of an emergency manager for the city of Detroit allows current city officials to play a significant role in their financial recovery. 

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Campus Archaeologists Dig MSU

A team of archaeologists at Michigan State University continues to explore what lies beneath the East Lansing campus.  

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Turkey Visit Sparks Unexpected Activity at EL’s Prima Civitas

 delegation of East Lansing-based economic developers recently returned from an encouraging visit to Istanbul.  

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NewsRoom
3:02 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Prima Civitas Launches Ultra-High Speed Internet Effort

WKAR file photo

An East Lansing-based economic development agency is coordinating an effort to spread the use of ultra-high speed internet in the area. 

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue February 28, 2012

Lansing Area Housing Market Gaining Momentum

Mark Bashore WKAR

After several years in the doldrums, the Lansing area residential housing market is perking up.

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NewsRoom
6:45 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Postal Service Confirms Collins Road Processing Center Will Close

WKAR file photo

U.S. Postal Service officials say they will close Lansing’s Collins Road mail processing center. 

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Mid-Michigan Voters Add Steam to Primary Pressure Cooker

Kevin Lavery WKAR

The battle among Republicans in next week's GOP primary has created a pressure cooker in Michigan.  

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Lawmakers’ Displeasure over MSU Policy Draws School Officials to Capitol

A new policy at Michigan State University is generating heat at the state capitol.  

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NewsRoom
6:59 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Whitmer, Dems Push State-Funded College for All HS Grads

Melissa Benmark WKAR

State Senator Gretchen Whitmer of East Lansing has a plan that she says would make Michigan’s young people the best educated in the world.  She says her “Michigan 2020” proposal would send every high school graduate in Michigan on to college without raising taxes.  

To fund the initiative, her proposed bill would eliminate at least $1.8 billion in what she labels “special interest kickbacks.”   WKAR’s Mark Bashore asked her to cite some examples of the “tax breaks and loopholes” that would pay for the plan.

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NewsRoom
2:39 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Lansing Players Part of Michigan Garment Sector

A sewer at Lansing’s Peckham Industries. Peckham is part of an effort to grow Michigan’s apparel and fashion sector.
Mark Bashore WKAR

Economic developers have their sights on what they’re calling a “burgeoning” part of Michigan’s economy—the garment industry.  East Lansing’s Prima Civitas Foundation wants to connect scattered designers and manufacturers and morph them into a greater economic force.  

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NewsRoom
3:16 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Lansing Economic Officials don't like USPS Streamlining Process

Photo: Mark Bashore/WKAR

 A group of area business figures and politicians is urging the United States Postal Service to rethink a plan that would end mail processing operations at Lansing’s Collins Road postal facility. The group says it’s perplexed by what it considers poor communication by the postal service. WKAR’s Mark Bashore takes a look.

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NewsRoom
3:28 pm
Fri December 16, 2011

LSD official confident students will meet higher test standards

Michigan educators are raising the bar on the state’s public school students. In the past, students could answer fewer than half the questions correctly on the Michigan Educational Assessment Program, or MEAP, and still earn a ‘proficient’ rating.  Those scores arrive next March.  And this time, students will need to get an average of about two-thirds right.  Ericka Harris is the Lansing School District’s interim chief academic officer. She tells WKAR’s Mark Bashore that she doesn’t think the higher standards will result in significantly more Lansing students rated “not proficient.”

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Ingham Commissioner Schor Supports Road Agency Change

Ingham County Road Commission crew at work.
Mark Bashore WKAR

After 98 years, the Ingham County Road Commission could come to an end soon. Next week, the county board of commissioners is expected to approve a measure that would bring road operations under its purview.

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NewsRoom
12:03 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

Ingham will consider disbanding road commission board

The Ingham County Board of Commissioners will consider a proposal to dismantle the county road commission board.  The county services committee unanimously approved the tentative measure Tuesday night.

County Commissioner Andy Schor sponsors the proposal.  He says the move would bring road operations under the direct authority of the board of commissioners and create a 'Department of Transportation and Roads.'

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NewsRoom
3:59 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

EL superintendent defends Red Cedar decision

The East Lansing school district is preparing for a federal review of allegations of racial bias. The review was triggered by a complaint that its decision to close Red Cedar Elementary School will disproportionately harm students of color at the school.  District officials defend their decision by pointing to various demographic patterns-mainly one that shows a declining student population in the neighborhood. 

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NewsRoom
5:46 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

Michigan House Dems Propose Business Lending, Jobs Measures

chodra morguefile

Lawmakers think more small business lending means more jobs. They've crafted a package of bills called the  'Invest in Michigan' plan.

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Meridian Township
9:14 am
Tue November 8, 2011

Meridian Township Deer Harvest Off to Modest Start

Hunter Jon Mayes of Okemos preparing to hunt in the township's Southwest Uplands area.
Mark Bashore WKAR

For the first time, Meridian Township residents are sharing public lands with deer hunters. Township officials have enlisted 16 area bow hunters in an effort to reduce the area's growing population of deer. WKAR's Mark Bashore hit the trail--and the cul-de-sacs--to learn more.

During hunting season, Jon Mayes might otherwise be thousands of miles from home, hunting elk or deer in Colorado or Wyoming. But this year is different. He's set up his deer stand only a mile from his home in Okemos' Briarwood subdivision.

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