Chris Killian

Correspondent

Chris Killian is a freelance journalist with nearly a decade of experience at WMUK, the Kalamazoo Gazette, the Grand Rapids Press, the Christian Science Monitor and other online and print publications.

His Swing State Stories project took him through many of the battleground states before the 2012 election. on his off hours, Killian  he plays his Martin DX-1 acoustic guitar and continues his quest to make the perfect lemon meringue pie.

Swing State Stories: http://www.swingstatestories.com

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Arts & More
2:25 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Spelling Bees Aren't Just For Kids Anymore

2013's Great Grown Up Spelling Bee
Credit Kalamazoo Public Library

Spelling bees used to be about nervous kids in their Sunday best, dusting off words no longer a part of common speech. But Wednesday night you can experience a very different kind of bee. This one isn’t for kids and it’s all about the fun.

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WMUK News
11:25 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Kalamazoo's Police "Trust Gap" - Part 3

Credit Living Images Photography / iStock Photo

Like many cities, Kalamazoo has a trust problem. Many minority residents aren’t happy with the way they’re treated by the city’s Public Safety officers. And many in the department feel the public doesn’t give them enough credit. Could changing a largely white, male police force into one that’s more diverse help bridge that gap? In the last part of our series on the issue, WMUK’s Chris Killian reports on differing approaches to building better police-community relationships.

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WMUK News
11:12 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Kalamazoo's Police "Trust Gap" - Part 2

Credit Danny Bailey / iStock Photo

The City of Kalamazoo had a violent summer this year. There was a significant increase in gun-related violence and several deaths, including the murder of a young boy in the Edison neighborhood. That incident, and others, aggravated a sense of mistrust in Kalamazoo’s Public Safety Department among the city’s minority residents. WMUK’s Chris Killian reports in the second of three reports about the “trust gap”.

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WMUK News
11:01 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Kalamazoo's Police "Trust Gap" - Part 1

Credit Alex Schmidt / iStock Photo

Police officers fight crime but to do that they face a bigger challenge: getting their communities to trust them. Today we begin a three-part series on what some call a “trust gap” between Kalamazoo’s Public Safety Department and minority residents. ​For the first report in this series, WMUK’s Chris Killian rode with a Public Safety officer to see how the issue looks to his eyes. This report contains some adult language.

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Arts & More
6:09 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Ride A Steam Train From Coldwater To Quincy

Little River Steam Train
Credit Chris Killian, WMUK

The Little River Steam Train in Coldwater is one of only four operating steam locomotives in Michigan, and 150 still working nationwide. You can see the train ride schedule here.

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