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.

Jon Hoadley
Rick Pluta / WKAR-MSU

Despite many firsts for the LGBTQ community in the United States, Michigan has yet to add statewide protections for this group. 


This week on Current State: the fight over redistricting in Michigan goes to the Supreme Court; stopping the "summer slide" of students learning how to read; two stars of "The Lion King"; stopping opioid abuse with IT; blueberries and much more.


Michigan State University Museum

Michigan State University Museum got a huge boost in its effort to build a "Science on a Sphere." It will project realistic views of the weather and other data on a sphere resembling Earth. 


President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin sat down for a summit today in Helsinki, Finland. This is the first stand-alone summit between the two leaders and comes just days after an American grand jury indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers on charges related to Russia's interference in the 2016 election. The two leaders are holding a news conference following their meetings.

Current State for July 14-15, 2018

Jul 13, 2018

On this weekend's show: In-depth interviews with MSU interim president John Engler and Dr. Mona Hanna-Atisha, the pediatrician in the middle of the Flint Water Crisis. Plus, Michigan expands the conditions for medical marijuana use, a program feeding Lansing students during the summer, Purple Heart medals being returned to the families of local veterans and the Eaton County Fair! 


John Engler photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Michigan State University interim president John Engler plans to testify before a US Senate committee investigating the Larry Nassar case next Tuesday. 


WKAR Special Report: Marijuana in Michigan
illustration / WKAR-MSU

Michigan’s medical marijuana industry will take a giant leap forward in Lansing on Thursday.

MSU sign
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

In response to the sexual abuse case caused by former Michigan State University physician Larry Nassar, eight deans published an article with suggestions on how the campus can move forward without forgetting the crisis. 


Brett Kavanaugh
Screen shot from PBS NewsHour

In Michigan, reaction to President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh was split along party lines. 


From Michigan’s outdoor and historic attractions to tasting the foods of farmers, today’s show is dedicated to exploring summer adventures here in the Great Lakes State. 

MSU power plant
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

On a week following heat indices above 100 degrees, Michigan State University said a problem with a boiler in its power plant means the temperatures inside many on-campus building might be warmer than normal. 


Families Belong Together rally
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Hundreds of Michiganders gathered in the summer heat in front of the State Capitol in Lansing on Saturday afternoon to urge federal authorities to reunite immigrant children separated from their parents upon entering the US southern border. It was one of 24 rallies statewide.


Cristo Rey
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR Public Media

With an excessive heat warning issued for Michigan this weekend, there are several places to go if you need to escape from hot temperatures. 

Kalamazoo County health officials say nearly 400 residents are positive for H-I-V. But some may not know it. The county will participate in National H-I-V Testing Day on Wednesday.

A hot-air balloon pilot escaped injury after his balloon struck power lines and fell into a southeastern Michigan lake.

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