Brooke Allen

Producer and Host of Morning Edition

Brooke Allen served as local producer and host for Morning Edition, from June 2016-March 2018.

Before joining WKAR, Allen served as an anchor and reporter for WWJ Newsradio 950 in Detroit. During her time at WWJ, Allen interviewed young offenders and their attorneys for Second Chance, a broadcast series that sought to provide those serving time an opportunity to turn their lives around.

Allen has also presented a number of stories and interviews, working with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD ), telling the tragic plight of victims of alcohol-related crashes, something that has also personally affected her family.

Before her stint at WWJ, Allen served as a news and traffic reporter at a number of stations in Michigan and California, including KFI, KOST and JILL-FM.

Allen studied theatre and communications at Eastern Michigan University, and is a graduate of the Academy of Radio and Television Broadcasting in Huntington Beach, California.

When not delivering the news, you can find Allen acting in professional and community theatres.

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When Afghanistan Veteran Todd Weiss injured his back again, he turned to prescription medication to help. It was then that his downward spiral began.

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In continuation of WKAR's marijuana coverage, Morning Edition Host Brooke Allen spoke with Social Worker Joe Schrank, who is also the founder of High Sobriety.

The organization is dedicated to treating addiction using a variety of methods, including the use of cannabis. 

Morning Edition Host Brooke Allen Caught up with Tuscola County Prosecutor Mark Reene, to get a sense of what the legalization of recreational marijuana would mean for communities around the state.

Reene is also the president of the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan.

View of Ormond Park from the Groesbeck Golf Course parking lot.
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Lansing City Council adopted a resolution last night to investigate how an entrance Mayor Bernero wants to build into Groesbeck Golf Course got approved.

 

WKAR's Brooke Allen spoke with the mayor to get his thoughts on the entrance.

 

 


BAC Could Rise From 0.08 to 0.10

Jun 13, 2017
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In October, the legal blood alcohol limit for drunk driving stands to rise from 0.08 to 0.10, unless lawmakers vote today to make the lower level permanent.

Sgt. Matt Williams said it’s a formality under the provision to make sure 0.08 doesn’t go back up to 0.10.

Marijuana Or Marihuana?

Jun 12, 2017
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There’s a slight difference in spelling that you’ll find if you see the word “marijuana” written out casually, and in Michigan politics as “marihuana.” But the variance of an “h” versus a “j” in the center of the word actually has a long history behind it.


MSU Grad Wins Entrepreneurship Competion

Jun 7, 2017
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The InnovateHER Challenge is an opportunity for entrepreneurs to present products geared toward helping women and their families. The competition is held locally across the U.S., allowing hundreds of companies to participate.

Innovation At Automation Alley

Jun 2, 2017
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Host of Morning Edition Brooke Allen caught up with Automation Alley Executive Director Thomas Kelly, during his time at the annual Mackinac Policy Conference.


"Poisoned Water" To Air On WKAR-TV Tonight

May 31, 2017
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Three years after the city’s troubles began, Flint’s water is drinkable but the aftermath of the crisis remains.


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WKAR's Brooke Allen went on a ride along with Michigan State Trooper B.J. Breslin. The department is trying to crackdown on distracted driving. Mobile devices like cell phones are a huge source of problems, but they aren't the only ones.  


Beth Cafagna shares her journey of her grief, her loss and what she's doing to to help other grieving mothers. 

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In 2016, 1,300 Michigan residents received the gift of sight because of the generosity of others. A mother shared how her son's loss of life is helping others gain vision.  


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Check out our interview and picture gallery of Biggby Coffee Headquarters in East Lansing during an interview with Co President and CEO Bob Fish. 

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On Wednesday morning, Cara Nader, owner of Strange Matter Coffee Company talked about her love of coffee and starting a coffee business in Lansing. 


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All week long, the WKAR News Team is taking a closer look at coffee. 


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