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.

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. 

deer tick
Michigan State University

If you’re planning a walk through the woods this summer, scientists warn you to check for a species of tick invading Michigan that can cause major health issues. 

Asian tiger mosquito photo
microbiologybytes / flickr creative commons

If you’ve spent any time outside, you’ve probably noticed the mosquitoes are back and biting. Thanks to our cool May and June months, the big increase is still a few weeks away.

El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz Academy, Lansing

WKAR News has learned a Lansing charter school with Afrocentric studies is closing.

William Strampel
Cheyna Roth / MPRN

A jury is expected to begin deliberations Tuesday in the trial of former Michigan State University Dean, William Strampel.  Strampel is accused of two felonies and two misdemeanors.

Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

On the June 10, 2019 edition of "Monday with the Mayor" - WKAR's Reginald Hardwick talked with Portland mayor Jim Barnes. We received an update on the city after February's damaging ice jams and flooding. He also talked about the city's plans to celebrate 150 years since its founding. Plus the city's challenges.

Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., M.D.
Alec Gerstenberger / WKAR-MSU

On August first, a new era of leadership is scheduled to begin at Michigan State University. Samuel Stanley Jr., M.D. is the Board of Trustees choice for the next president. WKAR’s Reginald Hardwick talked with WSHU news Director Terry Sheridan about Stanley's leadership in New York.

Michigan State University's board of trustees unanimously voted to name Dr. Samuel L. Stanley Jr. the 21st president of MSU during a special meeting on Tuesday morning. His term begins Aug. 1.

Stanley has been president of Stony Brook University in New York since 2009.

Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., M.D.
Michigan State University

Michigan State University's Board of Trustees unanimously voted to name Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., M.D. the 21st president of MSU during a special meeting on Tuesday morning. His term begins August 1, 2019.

The Ledges, Grand Ledge
Grand Ledge mayor Thomas Sowle

On the Monday, May 27, 2019 "Monday with the Mayor" segment. WKAR's Reginald Hardwick was joined by Grand Ledge mayor Thomas Sowle.

Attorney General Dana Nessel

Five current or former Catholic priests from Michigan dioceses have been charged with sexual abuse crimes.