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WKAR News Earns Top Michigan APME Awards

Apr 16, 2021
Family with protest signs in front of Michigan Capitol Building
Abigail Censky / WKAR-MSU

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
Courtesy / MSU Broad Art Museum

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

WKAR award with tex: Public Station of the Year
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WKAR wins 9 Best in Category, 6 Merit, and TV Station of the Year awards at MAB Broadcast Excellence Awards.


After more than two years as WKAR’s politics and government reporter, Abigail Censky will be moving to Kansas later this month to begin work with the Kansas News Service and NPR member station KCUR.

portrait: Susi Elkins
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WKAR general manager to serve as APTS Professional Vice Chair

EAST LANSING, MI; Feb. 11, 2021 - America's Public Television Stations announced today that Susi Elkins, Director of Broadcasting and General Manager of WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, has been elected to serve as Professional Vice Chair on the board of the non-profit organization.

WKAR Launches Michigan Learning Channel

Jan 22, 2021

Public television station learning service provides instructional content to support the work of teachers and parents through universally available platforms.

Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

One listener from Owosso wrote us to say it was, “pearshaped covered by stained glass.” 

PBS American Portrait: A Series Made By You
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PBS’s 50th Anniversary’s Signature Programming Initiative, Produced by RadicalMedia, Starts a National Conversation About What It Means to Be an American Today

Fri. Dec. 18 at 9pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 & STREAMING | Gov. Gretchen Whitmer reflects on the challenging year in office with Anchor Tim Skubick. WATCH NOW

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New Works By Independent Latinx Filmmakers Shine A Light On The Latino Essential Workers Who Are Keeping America Running During The Covid-19 Pandemic