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.

MSU police car
WKAR-MSU

Michigan State University's police department issued a crime bulletin about people impersonating officers to gain personal information.

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Both WKAR and NPR are committed to education reporting you can find nowhere else. Every Tuesday on Morning Edition, Kevin Lavery tells you about the challenges and triumphs in turning around literacy here in Michigan. NPR also has an education unit, headed by native Michigander Steve Drummond, who talked about the importance of covering this topic with WKAR’s Reginald Hardwick.


Michigan gubernatorial candidates Bill Schuette and Gretchen Whitmer will hold two televised debates in October, both campaigns announced on Friday.


On this week's show: Michigan's Governors Race; Lawsuit alleging a 1992 sexual assault by Larry Nassar and cover-up; Political climate affecting international students at MSU; The Great American Read; "talking" sidewalks in Lansing; Archived interview with Dr. Lena Wen; the history of apples in America.


Mike Pence
whitehouse.gov

Vice-President Mike Pence made his third appearance in Michigan in just over a month. He told a crowd the President Trump's economic policies are helping our state and he remembered Rich DeVos.

MSU cattle
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

If you or your family are not sure where hamburgers or steaks come from or why some cows graze on grass while others are corn-fed… come get answers and breakfast for free!


Larry Nassar photo
WKAR photo

Monday, September 10, is the deadline for survivors of Larry Nassar's sexual assault survivors to file a lawsuit against Michigan State University.

Bill Schuette and Lisa Posthumus Lyons
Cheyna Roth / MPRN

In a message via Twitter on Sunday evening, Lisa Posthumus Lyons, the Republican nominee for Michigan’s Lt. Governor seat, said her home was heavily damaged in a fire. No one was injured. 

We're talking ballots, beef, Burt Reynolds and reaction to Nike's new "Just Do It" campaign on this edition of Current State. 


Burt Reynolds
Alan Light / Wikimedia Commons

Burt Reynolds, whose credits included acclaimed films such as "Deliverance" and commercial hits like "Smokey and the Bandit," has died. He was born in Lansing.

Jackson tornado damage.
Tom Thomas

Officials confirm four tornadoes touched down in Michigan's Lower Peninsula over the weekend, knocking down trees and damaging buildings.


Detroit
Reg / WKAR-MSU

Thousands of Detroit public schools students are being told to drink from district-supplied water coolers or bottled water on the first day of classes.

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