Mary Ellen Pitney

Local Producer and Host of Morning Edition

Mary Ellen Pitney is the local producer and host of Morning Edition, airing 5am-9am weekdays on 90.5 FM WKAR.

Mary Ellen joined WKAR in June 2019.

Mary Ellen comes to WKAR after three years as Weekend Edition host at Northwest Public Broadcasting in Pullman, Washington. She is a graduate of Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.

Ways to Connect

Mary Ellen Pitney interviews Elisabeth Anderson from the Center for Research on Ingredient Safety at Michigan State University about how to keep clean and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Elizabeth Anderson is the Director of Science Communication for the Center for Research on Ingredient Safety at Michigan State University. She joined Mary Ellen Pitney to discuss what products to use to help prevent the spred of the coronavirus. She also shares how to safely use bleach solutions and talks about what misconceptions are swirling around about coronavirus prevention.

Pi, Salia and Ginsberg, Poetry Out Loud, and "The Journey of Harriet Tubman". Join Mary Ellen Pitney and Jamie Paisley as they showcase events happening in Michigan. 


Julius Cesar, Metal Madness, ARTpath, and the Mason Symphony and Philharmonic. Join Jaime Paisley and Kevin Lavery as they talk about events coming up this week in Michigan.


Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

The sixth season of the Emmy Award winning WKAR-TV kid’s science show Curious Crew premieres Monday. The program explores ways of making science fun by taking a hands on approach to investigating principles of science, technology, engineering, and math also known as STEM. WKAR's Mary Ellen Pitney spoke with the show’s host Dr. Rob Stephenson, as well as senior producer Carol Yancho, and crew member Genesis.

Science and art, a Nordic festival, Cinderella, ballet and Community band. Join Mary Ellen Pitney and Jamie Paisley as they discuss arts and culter events happening around Michigan.


Story telling, audience participation, high school musicians, the Roots of Hip Hop, and True West. Join Mary Ellen Pitney and Jamie Paisley to talk about events happening this week around Michigan


A Traffic Jam, Valentines Day music series, The MSU Latinx Film Festival, Americana, and Into The Woods. Join Mary Ellen Pitney and Jamie Paisley to talk about events happening this week around Michigan


Jackson Symphony Orchestra Community Music School

Trapped in the Grey, Cécile McLorin Salvant and Aaron Diehl, the 2nd Annual Black Empowerment Festival, Bach to the Future, and Toni Morrison. Join Mary Ellen Pitney and Jamie Paisley to talk about events happening this week around Michigan.


UM Flint

A Sophocles drama from 441 BC, the So Dead podcast, the vibrancy of colors, clarinets and the Cardboard Classic Sled Race. Join Mary Ellen Pitney and Jamie Paisley to talk about events happening this week around Michigan


A Superman radio play, The Purple Rose Theater Company, a Roomful of Teeth, Ten Pound Fiddle, and Peter and the Wolf. Join Mary Ellen Pitney and Jamie Paisley to talk about events happening this week around Michigan.


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