Michigan State Alum Finds Peace In Nature And Running During A Challenging Time

Nov 16, 2020
Nick Blaskowski
Nick Blaskowski

Michigan State journalism alumni Nick Blaskowski has been through a lot this year: losing his job because of COVID-19 cutbacks, and now finding a home in a cabin Up North.

John Lindstrom photo
Gongwer News Service

The press corps covering the state capitol got smaller at the end of  2019 with the retirement of John Lindstrom. He's been the publisher of the Gongwer News Service, and he has covered Michigan politics for 42 years.

Kroger City Pulse rack photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR/MSU

Today marks the last week where the Lansing City Pulse newspaper will be distributed at Kroger stores.

New York Times
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Marc Lacey has reported for The New York Times as a foreign correspondent from Nairobi and Mexico City and in the U.S. from Washington and Phoenix. Now, he serves as the National Editor managing Times reporters embedded all over the country. WKAR Politics Reporter Abigail Censky spoke to him about how he’s planning to cover Michigan in 2020.

University of Michigan Sign
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Journalism training and careers at the University of Michigan will get a boost through a $300,000 gift named after a Pulitzer Prize-winning alumna.

Russ White MSU Today

Kirk Heinze welcomes widely read and highly respected Detroit Free Press automotive columnist Mark Phelan to MSU Today. Phelan is a proud alumnus of the MSU J-School.  Heinze and Phelan discuss the state of the auto industry and of journalism itself, so much under siege these days.


“Well, it's been wonderful and I confess, and you can figure out the age if I give the year, I came here 50 years ago as a student as a freshman living in Phillips Hall,” says Sue Carter. “So I have seen this university evolve over the course of a number of years. It is a wonderfully respected university. 


Both WKAR and NPR are committed to education reporting you can find nowhere else. Every Tuesday on Morning Edition, Kevin Lavery tells you about the challenges and triumphs in turning around literacy here in Michigan. NPR also has an education unit, headed by native Michigander Steve Drummond, who talked about the importance of covering this topic with WKAR’s Reginald Hardwick.

Russ White

Renowned Michigan State University journalism professor Steve Lacy is retiring. He joins me on MSU Today to talk about the state and future of this important field. Revenue is a key challenge, he says. And we all need to become more media literate in order for journalism to work better for all of us.

College of Communication Arts & Sciences - Michigan State University

“In our very title you see arts and sciences as being integral to communications,” Prabu David says on MSU Today. David is dean of MSU’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences.