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.

Ways To Connect

hurricane photo
Chuck Simmins / flickr creative commons

A nationwide study out of the University of Michigan finds that people are more likely to believe in global warming after they personally witness extreme weather events. Current State talks to Dr. Barry Rabe, co-director of the National Surveys on Energy and Environment, which produced the report. 

Asian Carp photo
LouisvilleUSACE / flickr creative commons

A study about the dating hangouts of Asian Carp could be useful in keeping them from invading the Great Lakes. Current State talks with researcher Dr. Kim Cuddington.


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.


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