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.

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 Elissa Slotkin faced consituents for the first time Wednesday after announcing she now backs an impeachment inquiry.
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

Current State for Jan. 26-27, 2019

Jan 25, 2019

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.

Supporters laid down teal flowers in front of a banner with the word courage, memorializing the courage of survivors on the one-year anniversary of Larry Nassar's sentencing.
Abigail Censky, WKAR

Thursday marked the one-year anniversary of Larry Nassar’s sentencing. The former Michigan State University doctor was sentenced in Ingham county  to serve the remainder of his life behind bars after hundreds of the women he sexually abused as girls gave testimony in court in January 2018. 

Monday marked the 31st day of the longest partial government shutdown in U.S. history. If the government is not reopened by Friday, 800,000 federal workers will miss their second paycheck.
Credit Flickr | Leo Lung

Hundreds of people gathered to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. for the annual MLK Day luncheon in Lansing, but for several Democratic lawmakers in town from Washington, the 31-day shutdown cast a shadow over the festivities.

Dianna Byrum
Abigail Censky / WKAR File Photo

John Engler is offically out at Michigan State University following a tumultuous term as the school's interim president. What does his ouster mean for the future of MSU? WKAR's Karel Vega sat down with Abigail Censky and Scott Pohl to discuss.