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.

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Sports & Games
3:27 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

State Horseshoe Championships Come To Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo horseshoe pitcher Keith Rand
Credit 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.

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1:09 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Police "Militarization" in SW Michigan

Surplus military vehicles used by the Barry County Sheriff's Department
Credit 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.

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11:59 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Homelessness "Hides" in Rural SW Michigan

Keystone Shelter Director Kelli Tackett
Credit 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.)

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2:44 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

How Military Familes Cope

Cecilia Mallette and Anne Flanders
Credit Chris Killian

Behind every deployed service-member there’s a family tending the home fires, waiting for a phone call from a son or daughter, a brother or sister, a husband or wife.

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11:21 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Coming Home From the War

Disabled American Veterans memorial in downtown Kalamazoo.
Credit WMUK

Mike Hoss remembers a time when, in a split-second, he jumped from Michigan back into combat in Afghanistan. A bag of trash lay under the Stadium Drive overpass on US 131 as he and his wife drove past.

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