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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A new Michigan State University study indicates that women who were expected to take on responsibilities beyond their years as children are less likely to be sensitive to their own children’s needs. The study is online now and will be published in the Journal of Family Psychology.

Current State’s Melissa Benmark talks with the study's author, Dr. Amy Nuttall. She’s an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development & Family Studies at MSU.

Melissa first asked what the study set out to find.

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Courtesy photo / Mackinac Center

Groups to the left and right of the political spectrum are calling for changes in the way Michigan police seize and keep property as evidence. Current State examines civil forfeiture reforms.

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Courtesy photo / MSU College of Music

The MSU Symphony Orchestra plays its first concert of the new season Friday at Wharton Center. We hear from conductor Kevin Noe about what’s on the program.

A new book from the MSU Press looks at the cookbooks and foodways of Americans in the 1860s. “Food in the Civil War Era: The South” came out over the summer. It’s  part of a planned food history series from the MSU Press. Current State’s Melissa Benmark spoke with author Helen Zoe Veit of the MSU History Department.

A new book examines how to plan for old age with a focus on talking about aging before you get there. Current State's Melissa Benmark talks with Sharona Hoffman about "Aging with a Plan."