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
Thu December 6, 2012

Incoming EL Board Members May Pursue Red Cedar Reversal

Credit WKAR File Photo

East Lansing residents are still discussing last week's emotional move to reconfigure the district’s schools.  

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NewsRoom
4:45 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

After Reconfiguration Vote, EL Super Confident Of Tech Bond Approval

Credit WKAR File Photo

East Lansing's top school official says he thinks voters will approve new funding for technological improvements throughout the district.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue November 27, 2012

East Lansing Crime Leads To Likely Reform

Credit WKAR file photo

Twelve years after a tragic East Lansing crime went unpunished, Michigan elected officials want to reform a key law.  Before the end of the year, Governor Rick Snyder is expected to sign “Brandon D’Annunzio’s Law.”  The 24 year old was attacked in downtown East Lansing in 2000 and later died of his injuries.  WKAR’s Mark Bashore spoke with the young man’s mother about her efforts to get the measure passed.  

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NewsRoom
6:42 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Some On Lansing Council Displeased with Mayor's Unannounced Absence

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Some Lansing city council members are upset over learning about Mayor Virg Bernero's trip to Italy after the fact.  

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Lansing Home Builder Pushes Green Envelope

Approaching Kurt and Maura Jung’s new passive house near Holly, Michigan.
Mark Bashore/WKAR

Only two builders in the state are certified to build highly energy-efficient “passive” homes. One is based in Lansing.   WKAR’s Mark Bashore joined Michael Klinger at the site of his latest “deep green” creation.  

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NewsRoom
6:20 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Big Ten Welcomes Maryland

Credit WKAR File Photo

Big Ten athletic officials have announced the University of Maryland will be joining the conference in 2014.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue November 13, 2012

New Report Shows International Study Thriving At MSU

Chinese Students At Michigan State University
Credit Courtesy / MSU Office Of Study Abroad

Michigan State University’s international footprint continues to rank among the biggest in the country.  That fact is borne out again in a new report.


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NewsRoom
5:15 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Ferguson, Mosallam Win MSU Board Positions

Credit WKAR File Photo

Voters are keeping an incumbent and adding a newcomer to the Michigan State University Board of Trustees.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Lansing I.T. Training Initiative Seeks Students With The ‘Right Stuff’

LCC I-T students meet with prospective employers last Friday. Some at the event were part of the ‘e-pathways’ program, which aims to address a shortage of Lansing-area I-T professionals.
Credit Mark Bashore / WKAR

Lansing area workforce developers say a multi-million dollar federally-funded initiative could train up to 350 homegrown computer professionals. Capital Area Michigan Works says there are hundreds of openings in mid-Michigan’s information technology field. Some go unfilled for weeks and months. 

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Election 2012
12:00 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Dems Are In The (68th) House

WKAR's Mark Bashore takes a look at the contest between Andy Schor (D) and Tim Moede (R) in Michigan's 68th House district.

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Election 2012
12:00 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Cochran, Oesterle Both Predict Victory In Tight 67th House Contest

There's growing speculation that a Democratic Lansing-area House district could elect a Republican next week.

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NewsRoom
2:30 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Careers In Sight, 'Millennial' Students Explore Lansing

Michigan College Students Tour Lansing's Accident Fund Co on Tuesday
Courtesy Michigan Colleges Foundation

Some Michigan college students with doubts about staying in the state are reconsidering Lansing.

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Election 2012
12:00 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Dems Expected to Dominate Key Ingham County Races

In three weeks, voters will determine who will occupy 20 elected positions in Ingham County for the next two to four years.  Democrats are expected dominate the county-wide contests which include county clerk, treasurer and register of deeds. WKAR’s Mark Bashore sat down with Kyle Melinn--the editor of the Michigan Information and Research Service, MIRS--to take a closer look.

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NewsRoom
6:17 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Downtown Eaton Rapids Added to National Register

The National Park Service has named downtown Eaton Rapids to the National Register of Historic Places.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue October 9, 2012

League of Women Voters Helps Public with Issues, Candidates

For close to a century, the League of Women Voters has aimed to inform voters objectively about political issues and candidates.  With the 2012 election now four weeks away, WKAR’s Mark Bashore checked in with the organization’s Michigan President, Susan Smith.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Historical Museum Hosts MI Archeology Day This Saturday

State Archaeologist Dr. Dean Anderson examines artifacts from an abandoned iron smelting site in now deserted Fayette, Michigan.
Mark Bashore WKAR

This past summer, there were about a dozen active archeological projects underway around the state.  Some of what was unearthed is on display this Saturday in Lansing.

Professional and amateur archeologists will gather at the Michigan Historical Museum for ‘Michigan Archeology Day.’  The free event will give anyone interested in historic, pre-historic--even underwater--discoveries a chance to experience them close-up.

WKAR’s Mark Bashore sat down with state archeologists Dean Anderson and Stacy Tchorsiznky to find out more. 

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Dr. Sienko: Obesity Report Should Prompt Action

Courtesy Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Michigan continues to face a serious health challenge. A closely watched annual report shows the percentage of people categorized as "obese" in the state continues to rise.


The annual "F As in Fat" report is a project of the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is an underwriter of NPR. The report forecasts the percentage would rise to 59% in less than 20 years.  


Obesity is linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other serious illnesses.

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NewsRoom
11:41 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Right Leaning Farm Bureau Endorses Stabenow

Michigan Republicans are doing without a key supporter in 2012.  The right-leaning Michigan Farm Bureau is endorsing Democrat Debbie Stabenow for another U.S. Senate term.

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NewsRoom
5:11 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Supporters Ponder How to Save Old Okemos House

Mark Bashore WKAR

Some supporters of an historic home in Okemos are considering a last-minute fund-raising effort to save it from demolition.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Citing "Perfect Storm," Panel Will Explore Lansing Revenue Overhaul

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero introduces ex-Mayor David Hollister as chair of the administration's new 'Financial Health Team' last week in city hall.
Mark Bashore WKAR

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero calls it his "most serious and important endeavor."   He’s referring to last week's appointment of 15 prominent business and civic leaders to tackle the city's chronic budget deficits.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Amid Some Skepticism, Lansing Panel Launches Financial Review

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero introduces ex-Mayor David Hollister as chair of the administration's new 'Financial Health Team' last week in city hall.
Mark Bashore WKAR

In Lansing, a panel of prominent business and civic leaders is diving into an  initiative with far-ranging implications. Last week, Mayor Virg Bernero announced the formation of a ‘Financial Health Team’ to study how the city might--over time--move beyond chronic budget deficits.   Bernero called it his “most serious and important endeavor.” The team--headed by former Mayor Dave Hollister--will explore whether the time has come for a new model of municipal finance. 

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue September 18, 2012

EL Council Could Fill Vacancy Tuesday

WKAR file photo

The East Lansing city council is expected to fill a vacancy on the council tonight.

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NewsRoom
7:02 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Bernero Forms 'Financial Health Team' for Review, Recommendations

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero introduces ex-Mayor David Hollister as chair of the administration's new 'Financial Health Team'
Mark Bashore WKAR

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero wants more 'blue ribbon' input on the city's shaky financial future.

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NewsRoom
7:00 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

'Lansing Remembers 9-11' Set for Tuesday Morning

WKAR file photo

Civic leaders and the public will gather Tuesday morning in downtown Lansing to remember the 9-11 tragedy.

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NewsRoom
6:51 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

GOP Nominates Two for MSU Trustees

Michigan Republicans have nominated the party's two candidates for the Michigan State University board of trustees.

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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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