Abigail Censky

Politics/Government Reporter

Abigail Censky is the Politics & Government reporter at WKAR.

Abigail joined WKAR in December 2018.

Prior to joining WKAR, Abigail served as news intern at St. Louis Public Radio, covering the Missouri 2018 midterm elections; and covered Colorado politics as a reporter with the Colorado Springs Gazette.

Abigail Censky has a bachelor's degree from Colorado College.

Dianna Byrum
Abigail Censky / WKAR File Photo

John Engler is offically out at Michigan State University following a tumultuous term as the school's interim president. What does his ouster mean for the future of MSU? WKAR's Karel Vega sat down with Abigail Censky and Scott Pohl to discuss.


This week on Current State: MSU Trustees changes; Simon effect on MSU; Flint Registry Goes Online; Comparing the lame duck to years past; Romanian Symphony at Wharton; Previewing PBS Kids Day; Brad Salem Gets New Role at MSU and Michiganders react to R. Kelly Docuseries. 


Protestors gather outside of the Capitol during December's lame duck legislative session.
Abigail Censky, WKAR

Lawmakers arrived in Lansing this week for Michigan’s 100th legislative session following a turbulent lame duck session.

Protestors crowded the steps and rotunda of the Statehouse for several days of the lame duck session and national media attention.  It was the busiest in Michigan’s history with lawmakers passing nearly four hundred bills in a three week period.

Trustee Dianne Byrum, the newly elected chairperson of the Michigan State University Board of Trustees.
Honda Carter, WKAR

The Michigan State University Board of Trustees elected new leaders today in their first meeting of the year. Dianne Byrum was elected chairperson and Dan Kelly was elected vice chairperson.

MSU Trustees Dianne Byrum (L) and Melanie Foster will be leading the search for the next university president.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

The Michigan State University Board of Trustees today elected Dianne Byrum to serve as chairperson for the next two years. She got five votes to three for fellow Democrat Brian Mossalam. Republican Dan Kelly was elected vice chair.

Nancy Schlichting is one of three new MSU trustees. She was appointed by former Governor Rick Snyder in December.
Office of Governor Rick Snyder

Wednesday will be Nancy Schlichting’s first meeting as a trustee of Michigan State University. She’ll join newly inaugurated trustees Brianna Scott and Kelly Tebay.


Jocelyn Benson, Michigan's first Democratic secretary of state in more than 20 years gives her inaugural remarks.
Reginald Hardwick, WKAR

Jocelyn Benson is Michigan’s first Democratic secretary of state in over 20 years. She’s taking office after  voters made sweeping changes in the 2018 midterms to how Michiganders will vote and how their districts will be drawn.


A new era for Lansing & Washington; learn how the federal government shutdown is affecting Michiganders; new revelations in the Larry Nassar investigation; police step up efforts to catch drug-impaired drivers; should MSU coach Dave Warner get all the blame for the Spartans' bowl loss? And the 90.5 Classical New Release of the month.


Elissa Slotkin
Amanda Barberena / WKAR-MSU

Rep. Elissa Slotkin announced Friday that she will donate her salary during the federal government shutdown.

UPDATED at 4:30 p.m.: Crowds braved overcast and wintry weather to see Gretchen Whitmer inaugurated as Michigan’s forty-ninth Governor.


Some late breaking MSU & Statehouse news. Plus a look back at some of our more memorable stories from 2018. 


MSU sign
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

A report released Friday from the independent special counsel investigating Michigan State University’s handling of the Larry Nassar case accuses the school of being intentionally uncooperative. 


The Michigan State  University Board of Trustees held its first meeting since the controversial decision to cut the Healing Assistance Fund. The fund earmarked $10 million for survivors of Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse to allow them to access counseling and mental health services. 


Marijuana in Michigan is in flux this week. 


Abigail Censky
Abigail Censky / Twitter

WKAR News is expanding its political and government reporting in mid-Michigan with the addition of Abigail Censky. 


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