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.

Serving Up Science, MSU Science Festival
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

WKAR's podcast "Serving Up Science" taught dozens of people about the science behind taste. It was the final signature event of Michigan State University's seventh annual Science Festival.

Columbine flower
Flickr/readontheroad Creative Commons

Twenty years ago, I was a 25-year-old news producer, working in Denver at the television station I grew up watching. I was a young, driven journalist but naïve.

Notre Dame
Jodi Roberto Hancock

Michiganders are among those sharing memories and sorrow over the fire that engulfed the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, France.

Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

The city council in Jackson has begun reviewing a plan to allow programs to give substance abusers clean needles in exchange for used ones.

Cooley Law School Stadium photo
Flickr - mwlguide

The owner of the Lansing Ignite soccer team confirms one of his players is suspended for making an anti-gay remark on Twitter.

Lou Anna Simon, Eaton County Court, 2019
Cheyna Roth / MPRN

The court hearing to determine whether a former Michigan State University president should stand trial for lying to police will continue on April 16.

Fenner Nature Center, Lansing
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Leaders broke ground Tuesday morning on a new pavilion at the Fenner Nature Center in Lansing.

MSU basketball, Final Four, Munn Arena
Honda Carter / WKAR-MSU

Many Michigan State University basketball fans gathered on campus to watch the Final Four game and took to the streets of East Lansing after the loss.

Spartan Basketball

Watching Saturday’s MSU-Texas Tech game meant getting up in the middle of the night for a Spartan who lives in southeastern Africa.

The Providers
Courtesy of Adria Malcom

America’s healthcare system can be complicated if you live in a large city. But for people in Michigan’s rural areas, the challenges are multiplied by distance, a lack of providers and stigma of substance abuse.

East Lansing police
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Police are warning that people could face fines, jail time and even expulsion from Michigan State University for committing crimes during Final Four celebrations this weekend.

Munn Ice Arena
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

You don't have to go to a bar to watch the Michigan State University men's basketball team take on Texas Tech in the Final Four on Saturday night. 

MSU police car

Michigan State University confirmed assistant chief Valerie O’Brien is on administrative leave. 

The Diocese of Lansing says the pastor of its Ypsilanti parish has resigned after a "credible claim of sexual harassment" was made against him.

MSU students, Cedar Village apartments
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Michigan State students poured into the streets as soon as it was clear the Spartans were headed to the Final Four. Police arrested two men and extinguished a fire as hundreds celebrated in East Lansing.