Mark Bashore

Host, All Thing Considered and Current State

Mark Bashore is WKAR local host for All Things Considered, and managing editor and host of Current State, WKAR's weekly news show focusing on community issues, arts and culture, music and more.

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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Michigan State University officials have approved a 2012-2013 budget that includes a 3.5% increase in undergraduate, in-state tuition rates.  Out-of-state students will pay 5% more.

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Around 50 American Red Cross workers in Lansing have returned to work after an 11-week strike.

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Tri-county area ‘cooling centers’ will be activated for a second straight day on Wednesday.

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East Lansing officials say a damaged downtown development will need more repairs than originally thought.

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Doing business with Ingham County is gummed up for a while after the loss of more than 130,000 electronic records. 

In late May--after removing a server thought to contain expired data--techs discovered it included many active files needed by clerk Mike Bryanton.  Even worse,  they later learned a back-up duplication system failed. WKAR’s Mark Bashore looks into what went wrong and at plans to prevent a repeat.

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Ingham County officials hope to learn more this week about  the chances of  recovering over 130,000 lost electronic documents.  WKAR has learned county IT workers accidentally deleted the data from the server of County Clerk Mike Bryanton on May 25. Later, they learned the system meant to back up the data was corrupt.

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As the country inches closer to a presidential election, the ranks of the alienated American voter appear to be growing.   A survey last week by the Pew Center finds that 38-percent of those polled label themselves ‘independent,’ not  ‘Democrat’ or ‘Republican.’  That’s the largest number since the Great Depression. 

As part of our "Election 2012" coverage, WKAR's Mark Bashore spoke with a long-time Michigan policy insider about the study. 

The Ingham County clerk’s office is relying on thousands of paper records after IT personnel accidentally deleted electronic data late last month.

WKAR has learned  that on May 25, technicians deleted expired electronic records in the Register of Deeds' computer system.  Later they discovered the operation took out more than 130,000 records maintained by county clerk Mike Bryanton.  Those include campaign finance data, births, deaths and weapons permits.

Bryanton downplays the impact on daily county business.

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Michael Brown has spent decades in public service putting out fires.  Nine years ago, he restored order at the Capital Area United Way after a $900,000 embezzlement scandal.  He’s also served as interim mayor of the city he grew up in, Flint.Today, Brown is battling his biggest firestorm yet.  For the last six months, he has served as Flint’s Emergency Manager.  WKAR’s Mark Bashore has this profile of a Lansing resident in the eye of a political storm.


Take a seat in Michael Brown’s downtown Flint office and it’s impossible not to see the man who inspired his career.

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Five weeks after announcing a planned $108 million expansion in Lansing, Emergent BioSolutions has broken ground on the first phase of the project.

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The Lansing Board of Water and Light is celebrating an early milestone in the construction of its new cogeneration plant in REO Town.

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A top administrator at the Ingham County Road Commission says he is “elated” to be back at his old position.

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While efforts continue to reverse Michigan’s controversial Emergency Manager law, seven of these appointees continue their work across the state. They’re trying to restore financial stability in four cities and three school districts.  

Opponents of last year’s law say it subverts the democratic process by granting Emergency Managers unprecedented authority.  That includes the power to cancel union contracts, dismiss employees and sell assets.  Proponents, including Governor Rick Snyder, say it’s the only way out for cities and school districts mired in debt.  

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Two versions of a proposed Lansing city budget go before Lansing Board of Water and Light commissioners today.

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Residents of Eaton Rapids are watching a disturbing trend in their city.  Officials there have been looking into a rise in teen fighting.