Susi Elkins is director of broadcasting and general manager of WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University. WKAR Public Media provides Michigan's capital region and the global community with award-winning original programming, plus the best from PBS and NPR. WKAR reaches its audiences via television channels WKAR HD, WKAR World, WKAR Create, and WKAR PBS Kids; radio broadcasts at 90.5 FM, 94.5 FM, AM 870, and WKAR Radio Reading Service; and online at wkar.org, video.wkar.org and social media platforms.
Elkins was named to her current position in March of 2017. Under her leadership, WKAR has significantly increased its commitment to early childhood education, solidified its reputation as a community institution through strategic partnerships and collaborations, and increased the station's capacity for providing experiential learning opportunities for students at Michigan State University.
Prior to her current appointment, Elkins served in a variety of roles at the station, including interim director, television station manager, content and community engagement manager, public television producer and instructional television multi-media producer.
Under her leadership as television station manager, WKAR was named Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Public Television Station of the Year for five consecutive years (2011-2015), and has earned numerous regional Emmy Awards and top awards from the MAB and the National Educational Telecommunication Association, among others.
As content and community engagement manager for WKAR, Elkins oversaw the convergence of media and programming in television and radio and the ongoing growth of original content across all platforms.
Elkins holds a bachelor's degree in telecommunication and a master's degree in educational technology, both from MSU.