Reginald Hardwick

Digital News Director

Reginald Hardwick is digital news director for WKAR Public Media, leading the creation of news reporting and commentary across all station platforms, including online, radio and television.

Hardwick joined WKAR in March 2017.

Before joining WKAR, Hardwick spent nearly 18 years at KXAS-TV in Dallas/Fort Worth Texas. His most recent role was as multi-platform producer of a weekly Texas politics show and news specials.  He is a seven-time regional Emmy® winner. Prior to Texas, Hardwick worked in Denver, Colorado. He spent his childhood summers visiting family in Michigan.

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New Jackson mayor Derek Dobies joined WKAR's Reginald Hardwick for the January 1, 2018 "Mondays with the Mayor" segment on "Morning Edition."


According to WLNS-TV, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer has written a letter to Michigan State University's Board of Trustees urging the removal of President Lou Anna K. Simon. She is the latest to ask for changes at the top after the discovery of a campus doctor who sexually assaulted girls and women. 

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A Michigan bridge is closing for three months to undergo repairs costing $1.45 million. Independence Bridge in Bay City will close next month so crews can replace the bascule span deck grating, span stringers and sidewalks, the Bay City Times reported . 

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The Detroit Free Press criticizes the Board of Trustees at Michigan State University for offering her a raise during December 2017 meeting while the Larry Nassar investigation continues and victims come forward.

Lansing Fire Dept. Capt. David Odom Jr
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Many of us enjoy pies made from pumpkins or Michigan grown apples or cherries this time of year. But a staple in many African-American households is gaining popularity within the Lansing Fire Department because of a Captain who can bake! 


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On Thursday afternoon, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources graduates 22 new conservation officers. 


Police spokesman Robert Merritt says 47-year-old Derrick Morell Smith of Lansing is believed to have chased and shot his 39-year-old wife, Adriann Lakisha Smith, before turning the gun on himself.

Current State for Dec. 16-17, 2017

Dec 17, 2017

On the December 16-17, 2017 edition of Current State we talk with Rachel Denhollander, the first woman to publicly accuse MSU gymnastics physician Larry Nassar of sexual abuse; hear from a reporting team about why #MeToo may not apply to cases of black women sexually assaulted in Michigan; update you on medical marijuana licensing in Michigan; visit Puerto Rico months after Hurricane Maria; learn about a new way of treating invasive species; and meet a YouTube sensation with ties to MSU. 


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A Missouri kayaker who's trying to paddle around all five Great Lakes has stopped her journey because of the rigors of wintry weather.

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A new book published by the Michigan State University Archives is nearly 200 pages of stories and pictures of students, staff and experiences at the East Lansing School. 


Many mid-Michigan schools will be closed Thursday because of Wednesday's snow storm that dumped 5-8 inches of snow on the area. Here is the list:

National Weather Service

Prepare to deal with snow all day today and especially this evening. 


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National Weather Service meteorologist Jared Maples said there will be light snow in the late morning and again in the evening. Temperatures will also drop Monday night and on Tuesday. 


"I Am Not Your Negro" promotional materials

This Thursday, you’re invited to join WKAR for a free screening and discussion about the film I Am Not Your Negro. The Oscar nominee for Best Documentary is billed as an examination of race in America through the words of author James Baldwin. 


Nassar in Eaton County courtroom photo
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Federal Judge Janet Neff sentenced Larry Nassar to three consecutive 20-year terms in prison for possession of thousands of images of child pornography and obstruction of justice. 


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