MI First Election

MI First Election brings together student reporters, faculty and media professionals to form Michigan’s largest election team, covering state and local issues affecting first-time voters. MI First Election is a project of the School of Journalism at Michigan State University, with production and editorial support from WKAR Public Media. The J-School and WKAR are units of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at MSU.

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Nov 9, 2016
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Scott Wriggelsworth is Ingham County's choice as sheriff.  He succeeds his father, longtime county sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth.  WKAR Election 2016 host Mark Bashore discusses this hour's results with political analysts Tom Shields and Dennis Denno.  MSU J-School's Joe Grimm and student Treasure Roberts check in again on the MI First Election effort...

Peter Whorf

WKAR Election 2016 analysts Tom Shields and Dennis Denno join Mark Bashore to discuss Michigan Democrats' efforts to gain house seats over the Republican majority.  MSU journalism professor

and Michigan Interscholastic Press Association director Jeremy Steele and J-school student Jaimie Bozack continue WKAR's Mi First Election collaboration.

Peter Whorf

With early returns coming in, Democratic Eaton County Sheriff candidate Tom Wright held a slight lead over Republican McPhail.  Mark also checks in with Mi First Election's Troy Hale and journalism student Caitlin DeLuca.

Peter Whorf

MSU School of Journalism director Lucinda Davenport and graduate student Pechulano Ali discuss their efforts with the university's MI First Election efforts.

Peter Whorf

MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences Dean Prabu David sat down with WKAR's Mark Bashore to open 90.5's election coverage on Tuesday night.  As Michiganders await election results, Dean David and MSU J-School student Skyler Ashley discussed their experiences with the university's 300+ -strong MI First Election project...

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MI First Election reporter Austin Short sat down with 72-year-old Jan Lynch to get her take on this year’s election and the issues she cares about.

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Cameroonian journalist Pechulano Ali and Sterling Heights, Michigan, native Erin Gray bring a different perspective to Election 2016 in their Mi First Election conversation today at MSU's College of Communication Arts and Sciences. 

84-year-old man talks about his many years of voting

Nov 8, 2016

This is the first election the majority of millennials will be voting in. A group that won’t be voting for the first time is the oldest old, America’s oldest generation.

84-year-old Ken Fegan man of Pinconning, Michigan has had a long interest in politics and sees this election differently than previous elections.

He said his interest began in the early 1950’s when he was in the ROTC in college.

“That was the first experience with politics and how different decisions could change people’s lives,” Fegan said.

91-year-old Kathryn Dillion looks back at many elections

Nov 8, 2016

I was lucky enough to get a closer look at how someone in the oldest old generation views the presidential election. The oldest old generation is a federal term that describes individuals who are 85 years old or older. Globally, it is the fastest growing population.

It is clear from my source’s lens there have been major changes in politics.

Kathryn Dillion, 91, provided her perspective on the changes over the years.

Q: Hey Kathryn, what was the first year you voted in the election?

The electoral college and you | MI First Election

Nov 8, 2016

How much do you really know about how and why elections work? MSU Journalism student Austin Short examines how the electoral college is still the deciding process in our voting system.

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We often hear the political opinions of younger generations, but what about America’s oldest old? MI First Election reporter Erin Gray talks with Judy and Nick Devine, who are part of the "Silent Generation."

The final touches are being made on the MSU School of Journalism's state-of-the-art media center and the College of Communication Arts and Sciences.  WKAR TV and 90.5FM will be with you to provide live PBS NewsHour and NPR special coverage along with the MI First Election team starting Tuesday afternoon and continuing through the night.

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More than 300 WKAR news producers and MSU journalists are prepared to bring capital region, Michigan and national election results and analysis to listeners and viewers this November 8th.

WKAR 90.5FM  joins NPR's special Election 2016 coverage starting at 8pm and takes you through the night. NPR's Morning Edition and WKAR's Brooke Allen grab the baton at 5am with election discussion for your early morning and drive time hours.

WKAR TV joins in the political coverage, teaming locally with the national reach of PBS NewsHour.

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Tue. Nov. 8 at 8pm - 2am on WKAR-HD 23.1  | Watch LIVE coverage of election results, co-anchored by managing editors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff.