Alina Zhuravel

News Intern

Alina Zhuravel helps gather news content for online and on-air.

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

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Saturday marked downtown Lansing’s first ever Halloween themed, Killer Car show. 


Nearly three dozen cars parked in on the Michigan Avenue lot at Lansing Center masqueraded the “Scooby-Doo” Mystery Machine and “The Nightmare Before Christmas” train. 


Lansing's first cat cafe opened Saturday. The cafe serves coffee and allows customers to have an opportunity to play with cats while enjoying their beverages.
Alina Zhuravel, WKAR

Lansing’s first cat café opened on Saturday. The new business is aimed at being a functional café, while also showcasing adoptable cats.

Potter Park Zoo

Many activities that are meant to be fun can be stressful for kids that have autism. Now, some local services are offering sensory friendly alternatives. WKAR student reporter Alina Zhuravel explains why these activities can be beneficial for children with special needs, as well as their parents.

Seventeen monarch butterflies are on their way to Mexico for the winter. These creatures were raised right here in Lansing.

Okemos Road Boardwalk, Meridian Township
Younes Ishraidi

For years, people had no way to cross the Mud Lake Drain wetland on foot. 


Eleven new murals now fill previously blank building walls thanks to Below the Stacks: a 7 day mural festival where artists from around the U.S. came together to paint the city. 

bookshelf at library
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Between tuition and housing, costs can quickly pile up for Michigan State University students.  For the second fall in a row, there is a resource for students who could barely afford the textbooks they needed to earn their degrees.

View of the Landmark apartments from the leasing office on the first floor
Alec Gerstenberger/WKAR-MSU

After months of construction, residents are beginning to occupy the tall apartment buildings that have changed the skyline of East Lansing.  We recently toured of one of the complexes. 

The Ingham County Fair is well underway, and there’s more to this fair than rides and elephant ears. 

snow leopard, Taza, Potter Park Zoo
Ash Seymour | Potter Park Zoo

The Potter Park Zoo in Lansing has a new addition: Taza the male snow leopard.

A banded brown bat in a researcher's hand
John Pepin / Michigan DNR

Did you know that bats control a lot of insects that people don’t like such as mosquitos? You and your family can learn more at the All About Bats Campfire hosted by the Harris Nature Center. Participants can sit around a campfire, make smores and take a guided walk in search of bats.

Meridian Township Farmers Market
Facebook/Meridian Township Farmers Market

The Farmers’ Market in Meridian Township will be expanding and relocating to the north side of the Meridian Mall parking lot.