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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Robert Ezelle, one of Kalamazoo County’s longest-serving nonprofit executives, is retiring from the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kalamazoo after 30 years as executive director. His last day is Dec. 31. Ezelle, 68, tells WMUK's Earlene McMichael on Thursday's WestSouthwest public-affairs show that he spent his formative years in foster homes. He says it wasn't until around age 12, when he was moved to a boy's residence and met a mentor, that he experienced genuine caring. That's why, Ezelle says, he strives to make every child coming through his doors feel "that they do belong" and insists his staff welcome them by name. (Click on icons to hear the interview, plus longer version.)


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Every year, we celebrate our independence from Great Britain on the Fourth of July. But did you know that, in most states, there’s another independence day that some people also celebrate? It’s called Juneteenth, a 150-year-old African-American tradition that’s very much alive in Kalamazoo. But if Juneteenth has been around for 150 years, why haven’t more people heard of it?


A recent image of Kalamazoo shooting Tiana Carruthers, projected on a screen at Borgess Medical Center. (Edited for clarity)
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A longtime educational organization will honor Kalamazoo shooting survivor Tiana Carruthers this Sunday. For almost two decades, Ujima Enterprises Incorporated has given awards to outstanding community members during its Juneteenth celebration of African-American history. Carruthers, who was the first of eight people that a gunman shot in February, has made national headlines for protecting her 7-year-old daughter and other children. She told them to run from the Richland Township playground they were in when she saw the gun.


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Eric Wimbley has worn many hats at Pretty Lake. The longtime youth advocate was a camper there as  a child, later a camp counselor, then a board member, serving two terms as president. Now he's got the top job at the 250-acre organization in Mattawan -- executive director. Wimbley starts June 1. He spoke about plans for Pretty Lake's 100th anniversary and his priorities for the future in an interview on WestSouthwest. 


Earlene McMichael, WMUK

Pamela and Curtis Robinson are determined that neither money, nor lack of information, keep people from getting mental health counseling and other support services. So they run the Emerging HOPE Family Strengthening Program, a Kalamazoo-area nonprofit serving families and individuals with limited resources and from underrepresented communities. On today's WestSouthwest, the couple talks about their group and previews their mental health forum, the ninth annual, set for Saturday, April 30 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Public Library in downtown Kalamazoo. 


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