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.

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.

The investigation into how Michigan State University handled the Larry Nassar is still ongoing. Attorney General Dana Nessel appealed to MSU Trustees in a public briefing Thursday asking them to waive privilege and release oustanding documents.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel held her first public briefing on Thursday. She briefed reporters on three major investigations that were passed to her from her Republican predecessor, former Attorney General Bill Schuette, including the state’s investigation into Michigan State University’s internal handling of the Larry Nassar scandal.  

John James
Courtesy / John James

John James, who lost his bid for US Senate against Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, is now being considered for the position of US Ambassador to the United Nations according to national media outlets.

Acting President Satish Udpa presides over his first MSU Board of Trustees meeting. He began with an apology to survivors of Larry Nassar's abuse.
Abigail Censky, WKAR

Friday the Michigan State University Board of Trustees met for the first time since Interim President and former Governor, John Engler was ousted in early January.  Acting President Satish Udpa began his first official MSU board meeting with an apology.

The civil asset forfeiture reform bill passed the Senate, receiving bipartisan support. The bill will now go to the state House of Representatives.
WKAR file photo

The Michigan Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would make major changes to civil asset forfeiture. Civil asset forfeiture is when police are allowed to take property from people suspected of a crime without charging them.

Mayor Andy Schor delivers his second State of the City address Wednesday at the Riverwalk Theatre.
Abigail Censky / WKAR-MSU

Lansing Mayor Andy Schor delivered his second State of the City Wednesday night to hundreds of people at the Riverwalk Theatre.   He touted economic partnerships and investments made in the city over the past year and ways the mayor’s office is using data to govern smarter. Schor also laid out his tailored vision for the city. He said he wants to play to Lansing’s strengths as part of a new marketing campaign to attract and keep people here.

Congresswoman Slotkin chose Amanda Thomashow, a survivor of Larry Nassar's abuse and prominent advocate for sexual assault survivors, to attend Tuesday's State of the Union address.
Amanda Barberena / WKAR-MSU

In a continuation of her vocal opposition to proposed changes to Title IX rules, U.S. Representative Elissa Slotkin (MI-08) announced Amanda Thomashow as her guest for Tuesday night’s State of the Union address.

Trustee Dianne Byrum announced Wednesday that Brianna Scott would be taking Joel Ferguson's place on the Presidential Search Committee.
Reginald Hardwick, WKAR

It's been a tumultuous month for the Michigan State University Board of Trustees. Three new trustees joined, the university president was ousted, an acting president pointed and now Trustee Brianna Scott will take Trustee Joel Ferguson’s spot on the school's Presidential Search Committee.

Mayor Andy Schor declared a "Snow Emergency" for the City of Lansing Monday, imposing travel restrictions and shuttering city offices and courts for the day.
Abigail Censky, WKAR

Lansing Mayor Andy Schor declared a snow emergency Monday morning  bracing for hours of snow and single-digit temperatures later in the week. Shortly thereafter, Governor Gretchen Whitmer, ordered that the all state government offices performing non-essential functions would close at 10 a.m. and all state employees would go home. The State Capitol building was also closed.

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson reached a proposed agreement with the League of Women Voters in a gerrymandering lawsuit. If the court agrees 11 State House congressional districts will be redrawn.

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and the League of Women Voters have reached a proposed settlement agreement in a gerrymandering lawsuit that alleged the state allowed Republicans to redraw the maps for legislative districts in their favor

A chat with the new Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice; A look back at lame duck sessions; Why pregnancies are problematic for many black women; Michigan leading the way in new DNA software; East Lansing mayor Mark Meadows and new music from MSU graduate & 'The Voice' finalist Joshua Davis.