Earlene McMichael

Morning Edition Host

  Earlene McMichael became WMUK's local host of NPR's Morning Edition in August 2012. A former, long-time Kalamazoo Gazette editor, reporter, and columnist, she was a news anchor at WHCU-FM when it was owned by Cornell University, her alma mater.

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Next Tuesday, a National Day of Healing debuts, and Kalamazoo is among the communities across the country holding events. In Kalamazoo, local organizations are partnering with the Kalamazoo Community Foundation to show and discuss "America Divided," a documentary exploring inequities in education, housing, healthcare, labor, criminal justice and the political system. (Click on the icon to listen now).  


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On today's WestSouthwest public-affairs show, hear a heartwarming story about the power of mentoring and adoption in a re-broadcast of WMUK's interview with Tim Terrentine, who is one of Kalamazoo County's fastest-rising young leaders. The former nonprofit executive became vice president of development and alumni relations at Western Michigan University in August. It's a longer version of a conversation with Local Morning Edition Host Earlene McMichael that aired in November. (Click on the icon to listen now).


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A young minister and activist named Strick Strickland is the new president of the Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch of the NAACP. It was the sudden death of veteran civil-rights leader Charles Warfield over the summer that put the 34-year-old Strickland in the top spot during a national presidential election year, and so Strickland says his tenure has begun handling voter suppression complaints on Election Day in November. On today's WestSouthwest public-affairs show, Strickland tells WMUK's Earlene McMichael that seven Kalamazoo County voters from the same polling site have come forward with allegations, which were forwarded to the Michigan NAACP State Conference for review. (Click the icon to hear about this and more.)


Earlene McMichael / WMUK

What do you know about Southwest Michigan First? Today, WMUK revisits the history of the 17-year-old regional economic development group in an interview with its CEO, Ron Kitchens, on the WestSouthwest public-affairs show, airing at 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. (click on the icon to listen now). It's a longer version of a conversation with Local Morning Edition Host Earlene McMichael that aired in October.


Kalamazoo College

After four months on the job, Jorge Gonzalez now has completed the final ceremonial step toward becoming Kalamazoo College's 18th president -- inauguration, which was held Nov. 5. Hear about his upbringing in Mexico, life-transforming study-abroad experience in America, what motivated him to pursue an academic career, higher education's role in addressing diversity, his leadership style, his goals, his link to Michigan through earning two degrees here, and more at 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. today on WMUK's WestSouthwest show (or click on the icon to listen now). It's a half-hour version of Earlene McMichael's shorter interview that originally aired in September. 


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