Abigail Censky

Politics/Government Reporter

Abigail Censky is the Politics & Government reporter at WKAR.

Abigail joined WKAR in December 2018.

Prior to joining WKAR, Abigail served as news intern at St. Louis Public Radio, covering the Missouri 2018 midterm elections; and covered Colorado politics as a reporter with the Colorado Springs Gazette.

Abigail Censky has a bachelor's degree from Colorado College.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, presidential candidate
Abigail Censky / WKAR-MSU

New York Senator and Democratic 2020 hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand returned to Michigan Friday. She talked to activists in Bloomfield Hills, toured Flint with Mayor Karen Weaver, and ended the day with supporters in Lansing. WKAR’s Abigail Censky was with the Senator all day Friday and joined WKAR’s Morning Edition Host Mary Ellen Pitney to talk about Senator Gillibrand’s “Broken Promises” bus tour.

Kirsten Gillibrand
Abigail Censky / WKAR-MSU

2020 Presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand visited Michigan for the second time since she officially started running for president. Gillibrand stopped in Oakland County, Flint and Lansing.

Former Michigan State University Dean William Strampel on the final day of his Ingham County trial. The jury convicted him of one felony and two misdemeanors.
Cheyna Roth, Michigan Public Radio Network

The former dean of the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine was convicted in an Ingham County trial Wednesday. William Strampel was found guilty of one felony and two misdemeanors. Strampel was Larry Nassar’s former boss—the former MSU sports doctor who was convicted in 2018 for sexually abusing his patients for decades. Strampel was found not guilty of the more serious charge of second degree criminal sexual conduct. Capital correspondent Cheyna Roth was at Strampel’s trial, she joined WKAR’s Karel Vega to talk about the convictions.

Rep. Elissa Slotkin answers audience questions on stage at her second town hall at Sexton High School in Lansing with State Representative Sarah Anthony.
Alec Gerstenberger, WKAR

U.S. Representative Elissa Slotkin held her second town hall in Lansing Thursday where she addressed growing will in the House of Representatives to move forward with impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren addresses the town hall crowd at Lansing Community College on Tuesday.
Alec Gerstenberger, WKAR

Massachusetts Senator and Democratic 2020 hopeful Elizabeth Warren stopped in Michigan Tuesday for the first time. She held a town hall at Lansing Community College where she unveiled a new plan to increase American jobs and fight climate change with what she calls ‘economic patriotism.’ WKAR’s Abigail Censky was at the town hall, she gives WKAR’s Karel Vega the dispatch from Sen. Warren’s first stop in Michigan.

Andy Schor photo
WKAR File Photo / WKAR-MSU

Lansing Mayor Andy Schor has issued his first veto, for a modification the city council made to his proposed budget. 

This year Michigan Legislators are trying another time to end the so-called 'tampon tax' in Michigan. They're hoping more women in the legislature will give the bill a better chance of passing this year.
Flickr, Marco Verch Professional Photographer

Every year in Statehouses across the country there are bills that lawmakers call zombies—different versions of a bill they reintroduce year after year that just won’t pass.

This year, one of Michigan’s returning zombies, is a bill to end the so-called ‘Tampon Tax.’

An absentee ballot dropbox at the south Washington voting location in Lansing.
Abigail Censky, WKAR

School millages are on ballots Tuesday in Mid Michigan, but voters will also serve another purpose besides casting their votes.

For many local municipalities Tuesday’s elections are a chance for clerks and election workers to practice in advance of the 2020 presidential election.

New York Times
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Marc Lacey has reported for The New York Times as a foreign correspondent from Nairobi and Mexico City and in the U.S. from Washington and Phoenix. Now, he serves as the National Editor managing Times reporters embedded all over the country. WKAR Politics Reporter Abigail Censky spoke to him about how he’s planning to cover Michigan in 2020.

Five members of the Michigan congressional delegation introduced bicameral, bipartisan legislation that would require university leaders to review sex abuse cases involving employees Tuesday.
Liam James Doyle / NPR

A bipartisan group of Michigan’s congressional delegation announced two bills Tuesday that would require reports of sexual assault involving a university employee be reviewed by the highest levels of college administrators.

Lawmakers said the legislation is a direct response to the Larry Nassar abuse scandal at Michigan State University.

Lansing City Hall
WKAR Photo.

The City of Lansing wants to power city buildings with 100 percent renewable energy by this July, says Lansing Mayor Andy Schor.

Tracie Baise takes orders from clients in the Homeless Angels food truck.
Abigail Censky, WKAR

Even in a wind storm the Homeless Angels food truck has attracted a crowd of over forty people. Three people buzz around the inside of the food truck in a chaotic ballet heaping beans and taco toppings on top of a bed of Doritos as Tracie Baise takes orders.

Every Sunday the Homeless Angels team heads to a different Lansing park to serve up hot meals for people experiencing homelessness. This week it’s Reuter park and before the day is over they’ll serve 95 people.

Elissa Slotkin
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

U.S. Congressional Democrats passed one of the first big pieces of legislation out of the U.S. House on Friday. Elissa Slotkin, the Democrat who represents Michigan’s eighth congressional district voted for the election and ethics reform bill. 

Gretchen Whitmer

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Friday abolishing the state’s Bureau of Marijuana Regulation and Medical Marihuana Licensing Board.

U.S. Representative Elissa Slotkin (MI-08) talks to constituents at the opening of her district office in Lansing on Saturday.
Abigail Censky, WKAR

Dozens of people gathered in a third floor office suite Saturday to celebrate the opening of U.S. Representative Elissa Slotkin’s district office.

Slotkin, who represents Michigan’s eighth congressional district, said it was important to her and her team that Lansing was the location for her main district office.