Featured WKAR News

Michelle Jokisch Polo / WKAR-MSU

Protesters Gather At Michigan Capitol Demanding Shutdown Of Line 5

Protesters met at the Michigan Capitol Thursday in opposition to Enbridge’s Line 5 oil pipeline. The gathering took place a day after a shutdown deadline ordered by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

Read More


The Story of Us: A Michigan American Portrait Special
Courtesy / WKAR-MSU

The Story of Us | A Michigan American Portrait Special

Thu. May 13 at 9:30pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 & STREAMING | It’s a story told by everyday people - in their own words - on their struggles, triumphs, and joys.

Read More
Courtesy / Metropolitan Opera

May 2021 | MET Opera


Reportajes locales y estatales en español de WKAR.

The arrival of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month has come at a particularly difficult moment. It has been nearly two months since shootings at three Atlanta-area spas left eight people dead — including six women of Asian descent — and in AAPI communities across the country, pain, tears, frustration and loss continues to reverberate.

Michigan Capitol Building
w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

NEXT: Wed. May 12 at 10:30am |  WATCH HERE
Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun will provide an update regarding COVID-19 and the continued efforts to slow the spread of the virus.

Sayer Ji is a 48-year-old proponent of what he calls natural medicine.

"My parents didn't know about natural medicine, so it really wasn't until I was 17 that I learned some basic principles of nutrition and self care," he told attendees at a recent virtual conference. "I was liberated from needing pharmaceutical medicines."

Ji was also there promoting his website, full of natural remedies and reams of anti-vaccine misinformation. He sells subscriptions for anywhere from $75 to $850 a year.

Maxim Jenkins / WKAR-MSU

A legislative committee is moving ahead with measures to enact stricter ethics standards for Michigan lawmakers and the people who work for them, including restraints on the ability to move directly from the Legislature to lobbying former colleagues.

Michigan State Football Focuses On Nutrition, Thanks To New Performance Dietitian

May 11, 2021
MSU Athletics

Amber Rinestine performs many roles for the Spartans, from watching what they eat and drink, to serving as the team “Mom.”

WATCH: The Secret Life Of Sparty, Michigan State’s Beloved Mascot

May 11, 2021
Drew Davis

Sparty, one of the most recognizable character mascots in college sports, is played by a series of Michigan State students. They keep their role secret, until they graduate. MSU graduate Drew Davis shares his story playing Sparty.

On Eve Of Line 5 Shutdown Deadline, Enbridge Vows To Defy Michigan Order

May 11, 2021
Courtesy: Whitney Gravelle

Enbridge Energy technically has one more day to shut down the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac, but even the pipeline’s most vocal opponents acknowledge slim odds that the oil actually stops flowing right away.

Michigan House of Representatives
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

A state House committee is expected to vote Tuesday on bills that would set tougher ethics standards for lawmakers.

The package has bipartisan support and it’s expected the bills will be sent to the House floor.

Davon-Marie Grimmer has been struggling to get help for more than year for her cousin, Kent Clark. Sometimes, when he calls from prison, he asks to speak with relatives who are no longer alive. Sometimes, he forgets the name of his cellmate.

"As far as I know, he hasn't received any medical attention for the dementia, and he's just so vulnerable in there," Grimmer said. "He's 66 years old. He can't take care of himself."

With college classes going online because of COVID-19, Joe Spofforth put his double major in political economies and educational studies on hold to move West and find work. When the pandemic was over, he'd go back.

"You can get real into this stuff," the 21-year-old Ohioan said, grinning at his mountain surroundings as his fellow Montana Conservation Corps crew members saw, chop and lop branches and logs away from a dirt path — trail work.

Standing, unshowered, in the shade of a tall stand of lodgepole pine in northwest Montana, he said it's a bit scary though.


Join Us

Right to Read | Screening with Q&A

May 10, 2021

Thu. May 20, 2021 at 7pm on WKAR OVEE - RSVP HERE | Join the conversation at a virtual preview screening of the upcoming WKAR original documentary, Right to Read. The film presents the moving story of Michigan families attempting to secure the right to read for their children. 

WKAR Station News

Curious Crew Returns for Seventh Season

May 5, 2021
Dr. Rob with Curious Crew and chemistry experiment
Amanda Pinkney / WKAR-MSU

Mondays beginning May 10, 2021 at 5:30pm on WKAR-TV 23.1 | Why does a sock cling to a sweater? How does a rainbow get its colors? Where does wax go when it burns? Explore these questions and more, as Curious Crew returns for a seventh season with ten new episodes.

More Station News

Notes from Susi

Periodic posts from Susi Elkins, WKAR general manager and director of broadcasting

Mrs. Pizzo's Workshop - FAQs

Q: Can you share new ways to make math fun?

Dr. Claudia Finkelstein is Director of Wellness, Resilience and Vulnerable Populations at Michigan State University's renowned College of Human Medicine. May is Mental Health Awareness Month. She talks about our collective mental health as we cautiously emerge from the pandemic.


From NPR News

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told senators on Thursday that in the midst of a surge of migrants trying to enter the U.S., the number of unaccompanied minors in U.S. Customs and Border Protection custody continues to fall dramatically.

Researchers have found just 12 people are responsible for the bulk of the misleading claims and outright lies about COVID-19 vaccines that proliferate on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

"The 'Disinformation Dozen' produce 65% of the shares of anti-vaccine misinformation on social media platforms," said Imran Ahmed, chief executive officer of the Center for Countering Digital Hate, which identified the accounts.

Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.




E-Newsletter Updates

Thu. May 20 | 7PM

Join the conversation at a virtual preview screening of the upcoming WKAR original documentary, "Right to Read."

COVID-19 Case Tracker

Compare case numbers in Michigan with other states.

Racism in America

Explore films and new specials focused on race. Curated by PBS

Your Newest TV Donor Benefit

Extended access to an on-demand library of quality TV

Help bring news and information to those who have trouble seeing or reading


the latest and archive issues


Be a Sustainer

Convenient! Good for Your Community!