Chris Killian


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:

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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.

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.

Kalamazoo horseshoe pitcher Keith Rand
Chris Killian, WMUK

Think of tossing horseshoes and several things probably come to mind, and all of them likely deal with relaxing. Local horseshoeing enthusiasts refer a few of the attributes of this chilled-out pastime as the “Three B’s” – beer, bar-be-cues and backyards. But this Labor Day weekend, a new brand of horseshoeing is coming to town, one that replaces banter over Budweisers with stone-cold concentration.

Chris Killian

Recent video of police in the Saint Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, using heavy military equipment has raised eyebrows nationwide. But some police agencies in southwest Michigan have received similar equipment from a previously little-known Pentagon program. "Militarization" of police forces has a lot of critics.

Chris Killian

Mention the word “homeless” and most people probably think of folks huddled in alleyways, panhandling on busy street corners or pushing a shopping cart down the sidewalk. But homelessness isn’t unique to urban areas. It extends into the countryside as well, where people are often called “the forgotten homeless” because they’re so hard to find. One place you can find them is a shelter in Centreville in Saint Joseph County. (Some names have been changed in this story to protect the privacy those we interviewed.)