Reginald Hardwick

News Director

Reginald Hardwick is News Director for WKAR Public Media.  He oversees local news coverage on-air and online.

Since joining WKAR in March 2017, the radio news team has won a regional Edward R  Murrow award for education reporting (2018) and a national award for News/Public Affairs from the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (2018). Awards for education reporting, features, news promotion and other categories helped lead WKAR Radio to its first ever Station of the Year honor for 2018.

Before joining WKAR, Hardwick spent nearly 18 years at KXAS-TV in Dallas/Fort Worth Texas. His most recent role was as multi-platform producer of a weekly Texas politics show and news specials.  He is a seven-time regional Emmy® winner. Prior to Texas, Hardwick worked in Denver, Colorado. He spent his childhood summers visiting family in Michigan.

Naloxone Hydrochloride nasal spray a.k.a "Narcan"
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Pharmacies across Michigan will be giving away the Nasal spray form of Naloxone, also known as Narcan, to anyone on Saturday. No names, insurance or prescription is needed. A Lansing drug rehabilitation manager said it will help those affected by the opioid crisis.

City of Flint water tower
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Nearly 5 ½ years ago, the water source for the city of Flint was switched in an effort to save money. A disaster followed resulting in deaths, illness and mistrust of government. Tuesday at 10:00 p.m. on WKAR-TV, the documentary series Frontline examines the crisis by bringing to light conversations and documents never seen on television before. We spoke with Abby Ellis, the Michigan native who is the film’s director.

Hannah Administration building, bomb threat, MSU
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

UPDATED at 3:30 p.m.: Michigan State University Police Captain Doug Monette says the university is handling Friday's bomb threat as a felony investigation.

Police Lights

All Ionia Public Schools will reopen tomorrow. Law enforcement issued an all clear after a bomb threat cancelled classes on Tuesday.

Bessie, dog, Capital Area Humane Society
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Dozens of dogs rescued from the path of Hurricane Dorian in Florida are now in Michigan.

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Ionia Public Schools announced that all of its schools will be closed on Tuesday as police investigate a bomb threat. 

MSU football uniform
Twitter/MSU Football

Michigan State University football jerseys have made changes throughout the years. Take a look at how they've changed over the years and tells us which one is your favorite.

sunrise on farm
flickr/Susanne Nilsson

Every week it seems we get a new, dire study about climate change. But WKAR Serving Up Science podcast contributor and Michigan State University science writer Sheril Kirshenbaum says this is not the time to panic. 

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UPDATED at 11:10 p.m.: Here are the results for the primary election in Lansing, Jackson, Flint, Meridian Township and other communities.

Flags at half-staff
Rick Pluta / WKAR-MSU

Governor Gretchen Whitmer and mayor Andy Schor have ordered flags lowered throughout Michigan and the city of Lansing in honor of the nearly 30 people killed in mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.

Lou Anna K. Simon
Michigan State University

Michigan State University has announced that former president Lou Anna Simon will retire effective August 31, ending a 45-year career. She will receive $2.45 million in three payments.

Christian Ramirez, Yuliana Lopez
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Thanks to a special grant, free mental health services are being offered to Hispanic adults living in Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties. 

Daryl Green, Lansing police
City of Lansing

Lansing mayor Andy Schor recommended on Wednesday that Lansing police Captain Daryl Green should be the city's next police chief. The Police Board of Commissioners must review and approve the appointment before it becomes official.

Lou Anna Simon
Cheyna Roth / MPRN

It will be at least two months before we know whether former Michigan State University president Lou Anna Simon will go to trial in connection with the Larry Nassar case. After closing statements, Eaton County Judge Julie Reincke allowed up to nine weeks for review of transcripts and briefs before her decision. 

Andy Schor photo
WKAR File Photo / WKAR-MSU

In a Facebook post, Lansing mayor Andy Schor condemned President Donald Trump's racist comments against four congresswomen of color.