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 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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Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Michigan State University police are looking for two suspects after a sexual assault on campus on Sunday. 

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The Jackson County Sheriff's Department is investigating a deadly fight that resulted in a teenager's death and two others injured. The suspect has not been arrested.

LGBTQ rally Capitol
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Rain couldn't keep away hundreds of people from celebrating the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning communities in Michigan's capital on Saturday. 


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Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

When you talk about safety in vehicles, you usually think of seatbelts, brakes and airbags. But future safety will literally mean our cars and trucks communicating with stop lights! 


Our entire show is focused on Michigan Technology – changing the way we drive, we live and our health. 

Brian Mosallam, Dianne Byrum, John Engler
MSU, Twitter/MSUPresEngler

UPDATE: MSU Trustee Dianne Byrum has added her voice to calls for Interim MSU President John Engler to resign. Michigan State University Trustee Brian Mosallam has become the first of eight trustees to call on Interim MSU President John Engler to resign. Fellow Trustee Dianne Byrum has become the second.


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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters / Wikimedia Commons

The Ionia County Health Department confirmed several people are being treated for rabies after handling a rabid bat.


On this week's Current State - suicide prevention in Michigan; what former MSU dean William Strampel could face during trial; Michigan to vote on legalizing marijuana; cooking Kugel; constructing vehicles that drive 1600 miles without stopping for gas; remembering Robert F. Kennedy's impact on Michiganders; and find out where a 1-million square foot pot warehouse is being built in the Great Lakes. 


File Photo / WKAR

Mid-Michigan has a long history in the push for equality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) communities. Many cities are holding pride celebrations throughout June. 

Lou Anna Simon
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Former Michigan State University president Lou Anna Simon appeared Tuesday under subpoena in front of a Senate subcommittee about how the handling of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse investigation. Click on this story to hear Simon's Opening and Closing remarks and some exchanges with Senators during the hearing.


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