Melissa Benmark

Morning Edition Host

Melissa Ingells Benmark is the host for Morning Edition and also produces features and interviews for the program, with an emphasis on the arts.

Melissa rises early to arrive at WKAR in time to prepare for the 5 a.m. broadcast of "Morning Edition." A part of the WKAR staff since 1989, Melissa has also announced classical music, produced a jazz show for the station, answered phones and helped manage Earle Robinson's "SportsTalk/870," and supervised traffic and operations, among other things. A recipient of AP and Michigan Association of Broadcasting awards for use of natural sound, the Lansing native began her career at WCMU in Mount Pleasant. When not delivering the news, you can find the one-time Jeopardy contestant performing with her band, The Kanivers.

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Muffitt conducting orchestra
David Trumpie / Trumpie Photography

Current State brings you a preview of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra's upcoming concert, which features an all American cast of composers.

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Courtesy photo / Mesner Puppet Theater

“The Stinky Cheese Man” is coming to the Wharton Center this weekend. We talk with one of the puppet masters behind the show.

picture of Daniel Goldmark
Case Western Reserve University

What makes cartoon music so funny? We ask musicologist Daniel Goldmark about the history of music for cartoons ahead of his visit to the MSU College of Music. 

Candice Miller photo
Courtesy photo / Rep. Candice Miller

As the chaos continues in Congress, will Michigan’s Candice Miller be called to calm the current leadership crisis? We speak with the Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta.

Timothy Muffitt photo
Courtesy photo / Lansing Symphony Orchestra

The Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s second MasterWorks concert of the year is tonight. We talk with conductor Timothy Muffitt about what’s on the program.