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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Truck in Desert
Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Some Michigan firefighters are in the Western U.S. right now helping battle massive wildfires that have taken over parts of the country.


Mailboxes
Pixabay Creative Commons

This month, Michiganders saw delays in their mail largely due to changes made by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy in recent months.

DeJoy says he made those changes, like removing equipment or decreasing overtime, as cost-cutting measures.


Samuel Stanley Jr.
Michigan State University

This fall, Michigan State University's campus is going to be a lot emptier.

Earlier this week, President Samuel Stanley Jr. announced undergraduate courses would stay fully online, and that most students are being asked to stay off campus and stay home for the semester.


A "Vote Here" sign
File Photo / WKAR-MSU

Michigan saw its first cases of the coronavirus in March right around the time of the state’s presidential primary.

After that, election officials had five months to prepare for the state’s next major election which was the primary held earlier this month.


Sonari Glinton
Ford

The Ford Bronco is coming back. After production stopped almost 25 years ago, the Michigan-based automaker will be putting out the SUV again.

This week, Ford debuted a podcast called Bring Back Bronco: The Untold Story chronicling the history of the car including OJ Simpson’s infamous low-speed car chase in his White Bronco in the 90s.


Black Lives Matter protestors
Abigail Censky, WKAR

A new policy in Ingham County will affect how prosecutors examine and charge people with resisting arrest.

Paul Junge claws his way out of a four-way Republican primary to face Rep. Elissa Slotkin, Peter Meijer wins the Republican primary for Justin Amash's seat and Rashida Tlaib holds onto the 13th Congressional District defeating Brenda Jones in the primary
Photo: WKAR

More than 1.6 million Michiganders voted absentee in the state’s first August primary since no-reason absentee voting was passed in 2018. By midnight, several had been called but others were delayed because of a surge in absentee voting. Key races in Michigan’s 13th and 8th congressional districts weren’t called until Wednesday.

I voted stickers
Scott Pohl WKAR

Tuesday is Michigan’s primary. It’s the first time voters will weigh in on key races around the state ahead of the general election in November. WKAR politics reporter Abigail Censky joined WKAR's All Things Considered host Sophia Saliby on Monday, to discuss what races she’s watching and potential pitfalls of the massive increase in absentee ballots.


Pilgrims at the Grand Mosque of Mecca
Saudia Arabian Ministry of Hajj and Umrah

July 30 is the first day Eid al-Adha.

The Islamic holiday commemorates the prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son for Allah and is a time of prayer, charity, and social connection.

The holiday also occurs during the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.


Lansing Common FC logo
Lansing Common FC

Lansing has seen two men’s soccer clubs start and end in the last ten years.

Amateur club, Lansing United, played from 2014 to 2018. Meanwhile, Lansing Ignite, a professional team that was part of the United Soccer League, lasted for just a season and folded last year. 

Now, a group of community organizers want to bring another men’s team back on the field that will be run by its fans.


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