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What's new at WKAR, mid-Michigan's source for PBS, NPR, and award-winning original shows for television, radio, and online.

Courtesy / Sarah Lehr

WKAR has a new voice reporting trusted and essential information for Michigan’s Capital Region. Sarah Lehr joined WKAR in June of 2021 in the role of politics and civics reporter.  

Emmy Awards
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WKAR Public Media staff have been honored with three regional Emmy® awards by the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

portrait: Megan Schellong

Radio news listeners in Michigan’s Capital Region will hear a new voice joining the NPR Morning Edition hosting team this month.

Courtesy of Michael Gaffney / PBS

New Ken Burns Four-Part Series Explores Life of Legendary Boxer 

Young learner with book

EAST LANSING, MI; May 28, 2021 -- In Michigan, a literacy crisis has unfolded in the educational system. Does every child deserve the right to read?


Productions by WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University have earned 8 regional Emmy® nominations for the talented storytellers. The nominations were announced today by the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

WKAR is a PBS affiliate serving Michigan's capital region.

Robin Pizzo / WKAR-MSU

EAST LANSING, Mich., May 14, 2021 -- WKAR Public Media from Michigan State University collaborated with over 75 mid-Michigan organizations to provide 1,788 WKAR Family Reading Kits to families.  

PBS is number 1 in public trust
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For the eighteenth year in a row, Americans named PBS the “most trusted institution” in a nationwide survey. According to the results, PBS continues to outscore government institutions and media sources—such as digital platforms, commercial broadcast and cable television, newspapers, and social media— in both trust and value.

WKAR News Earns Top Michigan APME Awards

Apr 16, 2021
Family with protest signs in front of Michigan Capitol Building
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EAST LANSING, Mich., April 16, 2021 -- The radio news team at WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University has earned the Outstanding News Operation award from Michigan Associated Press Media Editors (APME) for 2020. In total, the team at the public broadcasting station serving mid-Michigan received twelve first place and seven second place awards across fourteen categories.

MSU Broad Museum Art Series Airs on WKAR

Apr 2, 2021
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Series of video shorts reveals the stories behind art pieces on display at the Broad Art Museum on the campus of Michigan State University.