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.

Despite the noticeable strengths of Lansing’s economy, a number of employers struggle with a shortage of qualified I-T workers.  Increasingly, information technology jobs go unfilled for weeks and months.  Employers and job-seekers alike are hoping a new, multi-million dollar skills initiative—E-Pathways--will help close the gap. 

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

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.

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. 

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

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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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