Michelle Jokisch Polo

Bilingual Latinx Stories Reporter and Weekend Host

As WKAR’s Latinx stories reporter, Michelle reports in both English and Spanish on stories affecting Michigan’s Latinx community. Michelle is also the voice of WKAR’s weekend news programs.
 
Michelle joined WKAR in August 2020.

Before joining WKAR, Michelle was the inclusion reporter at WGVU Public Media, covering stories of people at the intersections of racial justice immigration reform, criminal justice system reform, reproductive justice and trans and queer liberation. Michelle began her journalism career as the head reporter at El Vocero Hispano, the largest Hispanic newspaper in Michigan.

Michelle has a master’s degree from Grand Valley State University and a bachelor’s degree from Calvin University.

Ways to Connect

picture of the Michigan Capitol Building
pkaychelle / Flickr

When it comes to Michigan politics, the environment is largely male dominated. It’s something some legislators, reporters and political consultants say has contributed to what they call an unsafe climate for women.

Indigenous Communities Work To Find Justice Among Epidemic Of Violence

May 4, 2021
Photograph by Cecelia LaPointe

The U.S Department of Justice (DOJ) finds Indigenous women are murdered at more than 10 times the national average.

For more than a decade, Uniting Three Fires Against Violence has been supporting the 12 federally-recognized tribal governments in Michigan as they respond to violence against their communities.


Courtesy / Albion College

An artifact belonging to the Mayan Empire will finally make its way back home after spending more than 18 years at a college in Mid-Michigan.  The 500 year-old urn will soon be reunited with its twin in Mexico.


Sparrow Hospital
WKAR File Photo

As the number of coronavirus infections in Michigan continues to climb, local hospitals are experiencing the effects of what some health officials are calling the third wave of COVID-19 in the state.

Amy Brown is the chief nursing officer at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. She said the hospital is at 100% capacity.

Michelle Jokisch Polo

A Lansing non-profit organization is partnering with the Ingham County Health Department in hopes of tackling vaccine inequity. Cristo Rey Community Center is hosting walk-in vaccine appointments for the community.


Informacion En Vivo. Coronavirus En La Región De Lansing

Apr 19, 2021
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS / CDC

Estar bien informado es responsabilidad de todos. Infórmese bien de lugares creíbles, profesionales, y de fuentes oficiales.

Lansing skyline
WKAR File Photo

A state program has distributed more than $890-thousand dollars to mid-Michigan households struggling to pay rent and utilities due to pandemic related hardships. The funds come from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.

The state launched the COVID Emergency Rental Assistance program in March to help Michiganders pay for rent and utilities. It replaced the Eviction Diversion Program, which had been offering rental assistance since last summer.


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Amid a continuing COVID-19 surge in Michigan, The Lansing School District is delaying in-person instruction again. The new date for returning to in-person hybrid instruction is April 26th.


Michelle Jokisch Polo / WKAR-MSU

As students return from spring break, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is hoping to prevent a spike in COVID-19 cases through testing.

On Sunday afternoon, hundreds waited in their cars in the parking lot of the Ingham County Intermediate School District.


Michelle Jokisch Polo / WKAR-MSU

Michigan’s Attorney General says there is insufficient evidence to justify criminal charges against Lansing Police Department officers who restrained a man moments before he died.


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