Laura Michels

News Reporter

Laura Michels joined the WKAR News Team as a reporter in July of 2018.

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Kayla Conner working in her lab
Alec Gerstenberger / WKAR-MSU

A Michigan State University scientist is determined to increase the number of women and girls going into STEM fields. Kayla Conner is a microbiologist. She says she wouldn’t be the doctoral student she is today if it weren’t for her high school chemistry teacher, Ms. Hardin.

Kyle Card holding a petri dish
Alec Gerstenberger / WKAR-MSU

Michigan State University biologist and Ph.D. candidate Kyle Card studies resistance to antibiotics. He became a scientist despite genetic syndromes affecting many parts of his body.

Nkrumah Grant
Alec Gerstenberger / WKAR-MSU

He grew up in the public housing projects, dropped out of high school and spent time in juvenile detention. That’s how the story of evolutionary biologist and Michigan State University Ph.D. candidate Nkrumah Grant began. But he’ll be the first to tell you, where you started doesn’t have to dictate where you end up.

Alexa Canady, Anita Moncrease
Wayne State University School of Medicine, Laura Michels WKAR-MSU

Raised right here in Lansing, Dr.  Alexa Canady became the first African American woman neurosurgeon in the US. But that didn’t stop her from being mistaken for hospital housekeeping staff.

Michigan State University announced its new president on Tuesday. And some groups continued to express criticism of the process that led to the appointment of Dr. Samuel Stanley, Jr.

Mom’s Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
Laura Michels / WKAR-MSU

People who have lost loved ones to gun violence rallied at the Michigan capitol Tuesday for change to state gun laws.

U.S. Senator Gary Peters says Michigan could play a crucial role in mitigating the impact of climate change.

The women known as sister survivors are making their voices heard.

Finding our Voice: Sister Survivors Speak, MSU Museum
MSU Museum

The Michigan State University Museum is staging an exhibit created in collaboration with the sexual assault victims of now-imprisoned former sports doctor Larry Nassar.

Michigan State University apologized  to dozens of women who say they were abused by  disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar by name Friday. 

ribbon on tree
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

The hundreds of people who say they were abused by disgraced former Michigan State University sports doctor Larry Nassar will have their chance for a personal, public apology from the university.

Finding our Voice: Sister Survivors Speak, MSU Museum
MSU Museum

An exhibit honoring the hundreds of women and girls who say they were sexually abused by imprisoned former MSU sports Dr. Larry Nassar opens Tuesday, April 16 at the Michigan State University Museum.

Will Vaughn
Laura Michels / WKAR-MSU

A new program at Michigan State University aims to help students recovering from a substance abuse addiction stay sober.

LGBTQ rally Capital
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

A celebration of the transgender community is set to take to the steps of the Michigan State Capitol on Saturday.

Marijuana plant photo
Flickr/Creative Commons

Michigan should not set a legal limit that would automatically make someone’s driving impaired after using marijuana.