Alec Gerstenberger

News Intern

Alec Gerstenberger gathers news photographs and helps add online content to

The Michigan State University student began his internship with the WKAR News Team in Summer of 2019.

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Mashed potatoes and pumpkin pies were replacd by a cornucopia of global foods like chicken schwarma and tamales  at the sixth annual ThanksLansing. The gathering hosted by Lansing’s Refugee Development Center drew together Lansing's newest residents with locals to take part in the holiday.  

United States Supreme Court Building
Ray Garcia / WKAR-MSU

Early Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a lower Michigan court’s decision that would require lawmakers redraw gerrymandered district and congressional lines before the elections in 2020. WKAR's Politics Reporter Abigail Censky spoke to Riley Beggin, Bridge Magazine's politics reporter about the decision and it's implications for Michigan. Below are highlights of their conversation.

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

A study by Michigan State University, University of Michigan, and the University of Pittsburgh published earlier this week shows that the rate of firearm deaths in the U.S rose drastically beginning in 2015. 

Naloxone Hydrochloride nasal spray a.k.a "Narcan"
Wiki media commons

Pharmacies across Michigan will be giving away the Nasal spray form of Naloxone, also known as Narcan, to anyone on Saturday. No names, insurance or prescription is needed. A Lansing drug rehabilitation manager said it will help those affected by the opioid crisis.

The new Lansing Eastern High School
Alec Gerstenberger/WKAR-MSU

On Monday, more than 1,200 students will begin the school year at the new Lansing Eastern High School.

View from an apartment on Landmark's 12th floor
Alec Gerstenberger/WKAR-MSU

One of the apartment buildings that is changing the skyline of East Lansing opens in August 2019. WKAR News student reporter Alec Gerstenberger toured the 12 story Landmark on Grand River apartment units and created this photo gallery. Click here for a link to a story about the new apartments and cost concerns by WKAR News student reporter Alina Zhuravel.

Markers set for installation of the new protected bike lanes on Bogue Street
Alec Gerstenberger/WKAR-MSU

Pedestrians and bicyclists will be the first in mid-Michigan to see a protected bike lane along southbound Bogue Street in East Lansing. Taking up the rightmost lane, the new path has lanes for bicycles and scooters in an effort to keep sidewalks clear for pedestrians. 

(from left to right) Timothy Morgan, Cherry Hamrick, Andy Schor, Melissa Buzzard ,Bryan Crenshaw
Alec Gerstenberger/WKAR-MSU

A new bridge along the Lansing River Trail east of Potter Park Zoo was unveiled on Tuesday. The galvanized steel bridge has replaced two older bridges in the same area and brought the trail higher above the flood level. 

Doctor's Office
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As a part of National HIV Testing Day, there will be a free, confidential HIV testing event located at 2316 S Cedar St at the Forest Community Health Center in Lansing on Thursday 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 

WKAR Special Report: Marijuana in Michigan
illustration / WKAR-MSU

The City of Lansing has finished the first phase of the review and appeal process for medical marijuana provisioning centers approving 20 for operation and denying 65 others. 


Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope said it was a long and painstaking process. 


“We learned a lot so we’re hoping to do it better with phase two with the next five licenses,” said Swope. 


While deciding which applications to approve and which to deny, Swope said he focused on the economic costs and benefits to the city.