Reginald Hardwick

Digital News Director and Host of Current State

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.

Dr. Robert L. Green and Dr. Martin Luther King photo
Courtesy photo / Dr. Robert L. Green

Editor's Note: this story originally aired on March 4, 2018. From now until April 30, you're  invited to experience the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A new art exhibit in East Lansing will display King’s emergence as a civil rights leader, his assassination and his legacy after death. 

Brianne Randall-Gay
WLNS-TV Lansing (WKAR media partner)

Later this month, one of the survivors of sexual abuse by disgraced doctor Larry Nassar will return to mid-Michigan. She will help the same community where here complaints about Nassar were initially not believed. WKAR’s Reginald Hardwick talked with her about the past and the future.

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Michigan Attorney General

Current State - the latest on the arrest of an MSU dean; a talk with one of Larry Nassar's survivors and her plans to help Meridian Township; Bridge Magazine's profile of the 39 gun bills in the state legislature; Plus YMusic.

Police Lights

The opioid crisis and other drug issues are creating a fast-growing risk on Michigan roads, says an expert who spoke to Michigan officers and traffic safety managers. 

Brianne Randall-Gay
WLNS-TV Lansing (WKAR media partner)

Bree Randall-Gay was 17 years old when she complained to Meridian Township police that she had been molested by Larry Nassar, but the department believed him. She talked with WKAR's Reginald Hardwick about this week's news concerning the case.

Jackson mayor Derek Dobies
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

For the March 26, 2018 edition of Mondays with the Mayor, Jackson mayor Derek Dobies talked with WKAR's Reginald Hardwick. Mayor Dobies did not hold back his criticism of Jackson county sheriff Steve Rand. He also talked about attracting apartments to the downtown area, a former mayor who is now the city's treasurer and why he started a book club in hopes of raising understanding in the city. 

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Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

We start this weekend's Current State with efforts to improve school safety and performance. We also talk with Jackson mayor Derek Dobies about starting a book club to help heal the racial divide in his city. We review endorsements for Michigan gubernatorial candidates. We get a spring forecast and learn why college sports teams are almost always in the red. Plus, learn how climate change may affect maple syrup production in the Great Lakes. 

In January 2018, Detroit singer Anita Baker announced she'll launch a "farewell" tour in March. Detroit Free Press columnist and author Rochelle Riley talked about Baker's legacy and her connection to Michigan.  UPDATED March 20 with Tour Dates inside.

On this weekend's broadcast, we'll talk with Judge Rose Marie Aquilina, the judge who sentenced Larry Nassar, about writing novels. Plus, we'll revisit two stories recently recognized by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.

School Hallway
WKAR-MSU File photo

A county sheriff is apologizing for accidentally leaving his gun in a mid-Michigan school gym locker room.

Michigan's Supreme Court building.
Courtesy / WKAR

The Michigan Supreme court will decide whether fees imposed on defendants by judges are taxes in disguise. 

Jason Vlahos / WKAR-MSU

Today, Gov. Rick Snyder declared a state of disaster in Lansing, Grand Rapids and 17 Michigan counties. It follows the heavy rainfall and snowmelt that caused widespread flooding in late February.

Brooke Allen
Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR-MSU

This is the last "Morning Edition" broadcast for our friend and colleague Brooke Allen, who is leaving us to rejoin WWJ radio in Detroit.  We are very happy for this opportunity but will miss her warmth, stories about her twins and penchant for coffee. 

City of Flint water tower
Ben Gordon / flickr creative commons

Michigan officials say some samples at a Flint high school tested higher than the federal threshold for lead in drinking water.

Kevin Lavery / WKAR Public Media

Michigan State University police say less than 2-dozen people were arrested before and during the speech of white nationalist Richard Spencer on campus on Monday.