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

portrait: Abigail Censky
Lindsay Wilkinson Photography

The Washington Post column, The Fix, has compiled a list of political reporters to follow in each state and Washington D.C. WKAR politics and government reporter Abigail Censky is included on the list of reporters to follow in Michigan.

Michigan Learning Channel to provide instructional content to support the work of teachers and parents through universally available platforms

Power of We Group Photo

New special includes celebrity and musical guests Yara Shahidi, Christopher Jackson, and Andra Day

Can wearing a mask REALLY help slow the spread of COVID-19? In a new video from Michigan State University, science educator Dr. Rob Stephenson demonstrates how masks can be effective in limiting the spread of the coronavirus.  

NEW! Live Streaming WKAR TV

Sep 11, 2020

In addition to cable, satellite, and broadcast, there is now one more way to watch WKAR TV. This week, we launched live streaming of our WKAR TV main channel. WATCH NOW HERE

portrait: Michelle Jokisch Polo
Isabel Garcia / Dreams By Bella Photography

Available here in Spanish |  Michelle Jokisch Polo has joined the news team at WKAR Public Media as the public broadcasting station's Latinx stories reporter and weekend host. WKAR is an NPR News affiliate serving Michigan's capital region from Michigan State University.

portrait: Gary Blievernicht

Gary Blievernicht, highly respected engineer in the broadcasting industry in Michigan and nationwide, has announced his retirement from WKAR and MSU, effective early February 2021. Blievernicht is senior director of engineering for WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University.

sample of items to be included in learning kits
Courtesy / PNC

Impression 5 Science Center announced this week that it has received a $35,000 grant from the PNC Foundation to fund at-home, play-based learning kits, which will be delivered to more than 1,600 Ingham County Head Start families each month from July through December 2020.

Ahead from WKAR and PBS in 2020/2021

Jul 31, 2020
Courtesy / PBS

During the 2020 Television Critics Association Press Tour, WKAR and PBS announced new educational, inspirational and entertaining programming for 2020/2021.

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Retired WKAR Public Media trailblazer Ilene “Beany” Tomber has been honored with the 2020 Public Media Impact award, presented by the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters. During her time at the Michigan State University-based public broadcasting station, Tomber created and led the corporate development division and launched and led numerous education and community engagement programs that continue to impact Michigan’s capital region community today.