Abigail Censky

Politics/Government Reporter

Abigail Censky is the politics and 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.

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.

Rep. Elissa Slotkin is co-sponsoring legislation attempting to overturn Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' rule changes to Title IX.
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
WKAR-MSU

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.

MSU

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, a Farmington Hills Republican, is in his second bid for Michigan's U.S. Senate seat. He's outraised Democrat incumbent Senator Gary Peters four times, but is behind Peters in the polls.
Courtesy of 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.


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