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.

Ways to Connect

Ralph Votapek photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Gershwin music is the focus of the first Lansing Symphony Orchestra concert of the season Friday. Current State's Melissa Benmark talks with conductor Timothy Muffitt and pianist Ralph Votapek about the program.

A University of Michigan is co-author of the recent book “$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America.” Current State's Melissa Benmark talks about the book with author Luke Shaefer.

pink arrow pride banner in Lowell
Melissa Benmark / WKAR

Our Neighbors in Action this week features Pink Arrow Pride, an event in Lowell that raises money to support cancer patients. 

picture of April Zeoli
Michigan State University

A new study out of MSU adds credence to the idea that some kinds of violence are actually predictable in the way they spread through a community. Associate Professor of criminal justice April Zeoli talks about her research tracking gang violence as an infectious disease. 

Willow the moose photo
Courtesy photo / Potter Park Zoo

Potter Park Zoo is upgrading their moose exhibit. Current State's Melissa Benmark talks with executive director Sherrie Graham.