Enjoy your morning cup and commute with Brooke Allen, the new mid-Michigan host and local producer for NPR's Morning Edition on 90.5 FM WKAR.
“We're thrilled to have Brooke join us as local host of Morning Edition and as a part of the Current State team,” said WKAR Radio Station Manager Peter Whorf. "Brooke brings listeners a broad and deep level of experience honed by her years at multiple major-market stations. She also exudes a sparkling personality and a voice that Michigan listeners will enjoy waking up to."
From WKAR studios on the campus of Michigan State, Brooke joins NPR hosts Steve Inskeep and David Greene in Washington D.C. and Renee Montagne at NPR West in California each weekday morning from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. The most listened-to news radio program in the country and on WKAR in Michigan, Morning Edition takes listeners around the state, the country and the world with multi-faceted stories and commentaries that inform, challenge and occasionally amuse.
Allen is excited to bring her passion for broadcasting and unique storytelling to the listeners of WKAR Radio.
"Some people strive to become CEOs or partners in their companies, but in the world of broadcasting, many of us hope for a shot at NPR,” said Allen. “I consider it both an honor and a welcomed challenge to be joining the WKAR staff,” shared Allen. "And I look forward to adding more green and white to my wardrobe!"
Dean Prabu David of the MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences looks forward to what Allen will bring to the team. “Brooke has the right credentials and on-air presence to host Morning Edition," he said. "She cares deeply about local and regional news and will be an engaged member of our community.”
Prior to joining the team at WKAR, Allen served as an anchor and reporter for WWJ Newsradio 950 in Detroit. There, her projects included Second Chance, a broadcast series that sought to provide those serving time an opportunity to turn their lives around.; and stories revealing 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.
When not delivering the news, you can find Allen enjoying one of her passions of acting in professional and community theatres.
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.