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 came to WKAR from WCMU in Mount Pleasant.

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Goats photo
Courtesy Ottawa County Parks

West Michigan parks get some help from roaming goats to keep invasive plants under control.


There's a new beer brewing trend in Michigan: using chestnuts as an ingredient.


Fireworks over Lansing
Flickr - Betsy Weber

For some veterans, the sound of fireworks brings back disturbing memories. Now, there's an effort to subdue the noisemaking aspects of Fourth of July celebrations.


Kevin Noe
MSU College of Music

Music legend Gunther Schuller died this week. MSU Director of Orchestras Kevin Noe studied under Schuller and offers this remembrance.


Baby doll wrapped in TheraB blanket
TheraB Medical

A partnership between a Michigan State University start-up company and a Michigan-based medical sector investment firm is bringing a new treatment for infant jaundice closer to market.

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