East Lansing

MSU Freshies Turning Heads

Oct 20, 2016

The MSU men's basketball team held Media Day on Thursday afternoon at the Breslin Center. As head coach Tom Izzo enters his 22nd season, he finds himself ushering-in his top recruiting class ever! With so much talent coupled with a ton of youth, what are the realistic expectations for the team?


The Michigan State football team lost to Brigham Young University on Saturday afternoon at Spartan Stadium, marking three straight loses for the Spartans. It's the first time the green and white met BYU on the gridiron, and the first time they have lost three straight games since 2009. 

Cassandra Shavrnock photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Today is the traditional celebration of Columbus Day, but in East Lansing, the city council has decided to instead observe Indigenous People’s Day. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with two people involved in the observance.

MSU men’s soccer carving winning path

Oct 5, 2016
MSU Soccer
Zachary Swiecicki / WKAR-MSU

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The resume is growing: one Big Ten Tournament title. Two Elite Eights. And five NCAA tournament appearances.

MSU tennis' Aslina Chua finds new dreams and path far from home

Oct 5, 2016
Zachary Barnes / WKAR

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State player Aslina Chua never imagined growing up that she would be playing college tennis in the United States or studying pre-med on the path to becoming a doctor.

East Lansing Wastewater Treatment Facility photo
Courtesy photo / City of East Lansing

The Department of Environmental Quality is reviewing the East Lansing Wastewater Treatment Plant's permit four years after it expired. We discuss the delay with Alice Dreger of Eastlansinginfo.org.


The 10th annual Crosstown Showdown took place on Tuesday evening at Cooley Law School Stadium between the Lansing Lugnuts and the MSU baseball team. The meeting was a make-up due to poor weather back in the Spring. 

East Lansing city hall photo
WKAR Photo

The internet has triggered profound changes in print journalism. Sometimes, local grassroots journalists step in to help communities stay informed. We talk to two “citizen journalists” from the Lansing area about why they do what they do and the influence they think they have.

Spartans Vow to Sustain Success

Aug 8, 2016

The MSU football team is coming off a season that brought about a Big Ten Championship, as well as an appearance in the College Football Playoff. With a ton of turnover as the Spartans approach a new year, can they sustain that success in Mark Dantonio's 10th season as head coach? It won't be easy as MSU will face eight teams on its 2016 schedule that appeared in postseason bowl games last season.  WKAR's Al Martin reports from Spartan Stadium during Media Day. 

2016 Great Lakes Folk Festival

Jul 29, 2016
Great Lakes Folk Festival
Courtesy / Great Lakes Folk Festival

August 12 - 14 in Downtown East Lansing| Music, dance and culture from across the country merge in Downtown East Lansing and WKAR will be there!

Ron Mason Memorial Service

Jun 16, 2016
Al Martin / WKAR

Ron Mason, former MSU hockey coach and athletic director, was honored in a memorial service at Munn Ice Arena on the campus of Michigan State University. 

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Since February, the East Lansing Financial Health Review Team has been scouring the city’s ledgers to find ways to pay its obligations. We talk with team member Eric Scorsone and East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas about how the city is managing its finances.

Mark Meadows photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

We talk with East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows about the budget for the coming fiscal year, plans to demolish the long-vacant property at Grand River and Abbot, and more.

MSU club basketball team is aiming higher

May 10, 2016
Connor Ryan

EAST LANSING, Mich. – With the game tied and 1.5 seconds remaining in regulation, Michigan State point guard Robert Ray Jr. stepped to the free-throw line with two chances – barring a last-second heave – to send the his club team to the national championship.

Upcoming Rio Games shines spotlight on table tennis

May 10, 2016

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- With the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games coming up this summer, there has been very little interest put toward Table Tennis from the United States.