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.

Sparrow Hospital photo
Sparrow Hospital

Sparrow Health System in Lansing announced late Tuesday afternoon that James F. Dover will become its new president and CEO.

MSU sign
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Seven people are charged with defrauding the Healing Assistance Fund that was designed to help sexual abuse victims of Larry Nassar. Two of the suspects are former Michigan State basketball players.

Javier Zumarraga Martinez
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

As part of the May 18, 2019, "Ondas En Espanol" show, WKAR's Reginald Hardwick talked with Javier Zumarraga Martinez. An engineering student from Spain, Zumarraga spent the Spring 2019 semester at Michigan State University. And talked about his experiences learning about American culture.

Kiernan Brown
Eaton County Sheriff's Department

UPDATED Tuesday at 4:00 p.m.: a Delta Township man pleaded not guilty today to killing 2 women during his arraignment.

Earle Robinson, Earvin Magic Johnson

NBA and Michigan State University great Earvin "Magic" Johnson remembered his friend, longtime WKAR sports host Earle Robinson, who passed away at the age of 71.

Jeffrey Seller, Hamilton
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

The musical 'Hamilton' begins its 3-week run at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts in East Lansing on May 14. The producer behind the mega-hit is a Michigan native, who spoke with WKAR about bringing his life's mission of inclusivity to the big stage.

soybean field

Michigan’s Governor and senior U.S. Senator are concerned that escalating tariffs on Chinese goods may end up hurting Michigan’s economy. 


UPDATED Tuesday at 10:30 p.m.: Michigan State University spokesperson tells WKAR News that Acting President Satish Udpa may return to work soon. He is recovering after a fall during a graduation ceremony on Friday.

Tony Benavides, Carmen Benavides, Carol Wood
Traci Ruiz

There’s now a permanent tribute to Lansing’s first Hispanic mayor and city council member. On Monday, the city council chambers were renamed after Tony Benavides.

Gretchen Whitmer, MSU

There are a lot of green graduation cap and gowns on the Michigan State University campus this weekend. 

Curious Crew
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

The Emmy award winning program Curious Crew allows inquisitive children from here in Michigan to explore STEM concepts and fun doing it! It’s taped right here at WKAR and we’re auditioning new members on Saturday. 

Five members of the Michigan congressional delegation introduced bicameral, bipartisan legislation that would require university leaders to review sex abuse cases involving employees Tuesday.
Liam James Doyle / NPR

Later today, U.S. Senators and congress members from both parties in Michigan plan to call for new accountability of university leaders when it comes to sexual abuse committed by employees.  

Derek Dobies, Jackson mayor
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Jackson mayor Derek Dobies talked with WKAR's Reginald Hardwick for the April 29, 2019 edition of "Monday with the Mayor." 

Flint water
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Five years to the day after leaders in Flint switched water sources to save money, residents came to Lansing to talk about the toxins that caused a health crisis that may last generations. 

Lansing Community College
WKAR File Photo

1:50 p.m. UPDATE: Classes have resumed at the downtown campus building at Lansing Community College following a fire on Wednesday morning.