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.

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A proposal to house federal detainees at the Ingham County Jail is being considered by the County Board of Commissioners. If approved, it could net the county nearly $500,000 dollars in revenue.

Michelle Jokisch Polo / WKAR-MSU

The family of a man who died in the Lansing jail while being restrained gathered with activists in front of the Lansing Police Department Friday. They demanded justice for Anthony Hulon nearly a year after his death.

Courtesy of Tashmica Torok

A warning to readers that the following conversation deals with the topic of sexual violence.

Nationwide many organizations work towards helping survivors of sexual assault heal from the trauma they have experienced. With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, this task has taken on added barriers.

In Lansing, the Firecracker Foundation provides advocacy and resources to children who have experienced sexual violence.

WKAR's Michelle Jokisch Polo spoke with organization founder Tashmica Torok about her work in the Mid-Michigan region.

Courtesy, Michael Lynn Jr.

This week, the Lansing Fire Department fired an employee who is also the co-leader of Black Lives Matter Lansing.


Activist Michael Lynn Jr. has been a prominent critic of city officials including Lansing Mayor Andy Schor and Police Chief Daryl Green.

Courtesy / Michigan Executive Office of the Governor

Michigan’s top doctor said the state is planning to increase COVID-19 vaccine access for the hardest hit communities.

MDHHS Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun spoke at a virtual town hall Wednesday evening, addressing vaccine skepticism in the Black community. She announced that the state will be allocating vaccines based on the CDC’s Social Vulnerability Index.


The Lansing City Council is denouncing Councilmember Brandon Betz and recommending his resignation after he sent harassing text messages to a Black Lansing activist.

Ron Weiser Wins Election As Michigan Republican Party Chair

Feb 8, 2021
Tyler Scott / Michigan Radio

Delegates at Michigan's Republican Party convention have elected Ron Weiser to again lead the party. Meshawn Maddock was elected as the party's co-chair.  The candidates said they won with 66 percent of the vote.


Updated at 10:28 am ET

A Black Lansing activist is calling for the resignation of a city council member following a series of harassing text messages.

City of Lansing, Michigan / Youtube

Lansing Mayor Andy Schor highlighted his efforts at addressing diversity and accountability during Wednesday's 2021 Virtual State of the City Address.

Mayor Schor touted his efforts in working with Lansing’s police chief to reform policies for traffic stops and putting an end to “no knock” searches.

Autumn Weston

Restaurants across the state are allowed to reopen for indoor dining today, but some business owners have determined the capacity regulations aren’t worth reopening for.