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Reporter Gretchen Millich Retires

One of WKAR's veteran reporters, Gretchen Millich, retired from WKAR on June 8.

Millich reported on the mid-Michigan community for 22 years, focusing on what listeners jokingly call “cops and critters.”  She was also heard occasionally as a substitute host for All Things Considered, and as a regular fundraising host on Morning Edition.  

But Millich’s beat covered more than “cops and critters.” She’s also reported on public policy, legal issues, the arts and the environment.  Her work has resulted in awards from the Associated Press, Michigan Association of Broadcasters, Michigan United Conservation Clubs and the State Bar of Michigan, among others.

Away from the microphone, Millich played a key role as director of WKAR’s statewide call-in programs, featuring governors, state lawmakers and candidates.  

Gretchen worked briefly for WKAR in the 1970s. She then worked at WAMU in Washington D.C. and as a producer on the staff of All Things Considered at NPR. She returned to WKAR in 1990.

“I’ve had so much fun as a reporter for WKAR. I’ve gone bear-hunting, fishing in Lake Superior, wine-tasting, and got up close and personal with eagles,” says Millich. “I’ve found that people in Michigan love this state, and they care about our lakes, wildlife, arts and communities. I’ve had the privilege of getting to know many of these caring people, and it’s enriched my life.”  

Gretchen Millich’s work at WKAR has enriched the lives of station’s listeners as well. Join us in sharing our best wishes for a wonderful retirement. You can listen to some of her reports HERE.

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