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.

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Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

With Tuesday, October 9, the deadline for registering to vote in the November election, we examined efforts to get more young adults to register and vote.


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Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Ernest Green, a civil rights icon, will be the grand marshal of this evening’s Michigan State University homecoming parade. 


Tashmica Torok
WKAR-MSU

The founder and executive director of the Firecracker Foundation is concerned that the Brett Kavanaugh case will cause sexual violence victims not to report their abuse or abusers.

On this edition of Current State: New pipeline protection plans; Bird Scooters land on sidewalks & impound lots; MSU students rally for Indonesia; Little Rock Nine member Ernest Green; Studying political polarization 1973-now; Plastics in our Great Lakes; dental health and a Jackson teacher's "Random Act of Kindness."

  

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Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Michigan State University students who are natives of Indonesia are raising money for their homeland after a powerful and deadly earthquake and tsunami.


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Tatianna Hemphill / WKAR-MSU

Police at Michigan State University confiscated 100 bird scooters from campus as of Tuesday. 


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Courtesy photo / Ingham County Animal Shelter

UPDATED: October 1. The Ingham County Animal Shelter in Mason has restarted dog adoptions and intakes after an outbreak of ringworm. Cats are not available as of now.

On this week's Current State: how the Larry Nassar & Flint Water Crisis are now part of the Michigan governor's campaigns; how the political marriage gap is closing; enthusiasm among young voters; resources for sexual assault victims triggered by Dr. Ford's testimony; grey wolves relocated in the UP; and a movie cameo by the Jackson Symphony music director.


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Liam James Doyle / NPR

Thu. Sep. 27, 10 a.m. ET (approx.) | Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her in high school, Christine Blasey Ford, are testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Drivers who use Trowbridge Road to get to the Michigan State University campus will find detours on Thursday morning after 9:30.

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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.

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