Amanda Barberena

News Intern

Amanda Barberena helps write stories for online and books interviews for newscasts. The Michigan State University student started with WKAR in the Fall of 2017 during her freshman year.

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The Calhoun county sheriff’s department says they were notified on Monday, April 15 that one of their inmates was displaying symptoms of mumps. A few days later, another case was confirmed.

Tunde Olaniran
Courtesy Tunde Olaniran

Activism, body positivity, race and social issues are all themes in Flint-native Tunde Olaniran’s music. Olaniran will perform on WKAR’s Backstage Pass on April 17. Tickets are free.

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Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Most of Michigan is bracing for freezing rain that's expected to leave roads icy as Michigan's Upper Peninsula deals with lingering effects of an ice storm.

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During periods of extreme cold, like the Midwest is facing, it is easy for exposed skin to get damaged. 

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Laura Michels / WKAR-MSU

UPDATED at 7:45 p.m.: Lansing, Jackson, Detroit, Ann Arbor and schools across Michigan have  canceled classes for Wednesday, January 30. Click here for the districts.

Michigan State University outdoor sign
File photo / WKAR-MSU

Do not expect town halls or open interviews with the candidates for Michigan State University's next president. A memo issued Wednesday said the process will be kept private. At least one campus group urging transparency after the Larry Nassar scandal criticized that decision.

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Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

UPDATED at 1:32 a.m.

Latest results from State House & State Senate and some other local races in the Capital region.

MSU homecoming parade
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Homecoming Grand Marshal Ernest Green leads Michigan State into homecoming week by sharing his story of unwavering courage and by attending MSU homecoming events.

Waverly Golf Course
Courtesy Brandon Howell / MLive Media Group

In a press release from the City of Lansing on Wednesday, Mayor Andy Schor announced the sale of the former Waverly Golf Course and Michigan Avenue Park. 

Lou Anna Simon photo
Courtesy / Michigan State University

MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon announced her resignation Wednesday night amid growing pressure to step down in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal. WKAR Intern Amanda Barberena walked the halls of MSU’s Communication Arts and Sciences building Thursday to get a few student reactions.






Michigan State University’s Homecoming week begins October 16, with the football game against the Indiana Hoosiers ending the week of festivities.