Sophia Saliby

Sophia Saliby joined WKAR and MSU ComArtSci in April 2020. She will take over as All Things Considered host later this month (May 2020).

Sophia comes to WKAR from Georgia Public Broadcasting, where she was the producer for GPB's All Things Considered broadcast in Atlanta.

Prior to that experience, Sophia was a reporter for WFIU/WTIU in Bloomington, Indiana. She has won numerous awards from the Indiana Associated Press Broadcasters Association and the Indiana Society of Professional Journalists. Saliby graduated from Indiana University with degrees in international studies and Arabic.

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COVID-19 Testing Sign
Ingham County Health Department/ Facebook

When the state began to reopen at the beginning of June, cases of COVID-19 began to creep back up with outbreaks linked to businesses and large gatherings.

One of those outbreaks is tied to popular East Lansing bar, Harper’s Restaurant and Brewpub. As of Tuesday, the Ingham County Health Department has found over 170 total cases connected to the bar. 32 of them are secondary, meaning people who didn’t go to Harper’s themselves but got sick from someone who did.

Brandon Betz announces draft resolution to partially defund the Lansing Police Department.
Brandon Betz/ Facebook

After a white police officer killed George Floyd in May, there have been nationwide protests against police brutality and systemic injustice. Now, calls to defund the police have grown louder across the country.

In Lansing, one city council member is proposing cutting the city’s police budget in half over a 5-year period and redirecting that money to other public safety initiatives.

Reba Rose Rau performing
Alyssa Keown

June 30 is the last day of Pride Month.

When you think about seeing a drag show, you might picture being in a dark bar or a dance club.

Of course, until just recently bars had been closed in Michigan due to the coronavirus pandemic, so where do drag queens perform in lockdown?

Daryl Green photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR/MSU

It’s been a month since a White Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd.

In the weeks since, there have been nationwide protests against police brutality and systemic injustice. Calls for change are widely varied - from increasing implicit bias training, to fully defunding and dissolving police forces in favor of expanded social services.

Lansing Brewing Company had their space professionally cleaned and sanitized after finding out someone visited the brewery who later tested positive for COVID-19.
Courtesy of Lansing Brewing Company

It’s only been a few weeks since restaurants have been able to ditch curbside and fully re-open in-person dining in Michigan including at local staple, Lansing Brewing Company. But, reopening at LBC came to a screeching halt last weekend when someone who came in tested positive for COVID-19. 

Lansing Juneteenth Celebration

Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19 every year, commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. 

The first formal celebration of Juneteeth in Lansing was in 1993. This year, in-person celebrations have been cancelled due to the pandemic, but Lansing’s Juneteenth Committee is sharing a public service announcement to spread awareness about the holiday and what it represents.

Hair stylist, Bit Sanders, cuts WKAR's Sophia Saliby's hair at Creature Studio in Atlanta.
Creature Studio

Today, barber shops and salons in Michigan can start welcoming in customers again.

But in Georgia, where WKAR's Sophia Saliby is currently living, it’s been more than a month since they began to re-open.

To give Michiganders an idea of what their next cut and color or shave might look like, Sophia headed to her local salon in Atlanta.

Protestors in Grand Rapids
Tone Fields

51 years ago this month, police raided a gay bar in New York City called the Stonewall Inn. During the raid, patrons fought back when police got violent, and several days of riots followed.

The next year, the LGBTQ+ community commemorated those riots with a parade. Since then, Pride has been celebrated in June in honor of the first riot at Stonewall.

This year’s Pride in the Capital Region is different.

President Samuel Stanley Jr.
Courtesy / MSU

Michigan State University closed its campus in the middle of its spring semester earlier this year due the coronavirus pandemic. Since then, there have been a lot of questions about when students could return and what classes will look like when that happens. 

Last week, MSU President Samuel Stanley Jr. announced campus would reopen in the fall.

Dr. Joniegh Khaldun
Michigan Executive Office of the Governor

If you look at Michigan's official data on COVID-19 cases right now, you’ll see information on both diagnostic tests and serologic, or antibody tests.

Those antibody tests can show if someone has had a past infection of the coronavirus, though they can’t be used to diagnose COVID-19.

But prior to this week, data on both COVID-19 and antibody tests was reported together in the state’s database.