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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Southwest Michigan Black Heritage Society

Twelve years ago, Donna Odom's work at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum led her to form the Southwest Michigan Black Heritage Society to bring light to African- American history in the region. But soon it was clear that her new group was developing another calling: Racial healing. So now it's officially amending its name and mission statement at a public event on Wednesday, June 17th.


Tonight wraps up the "Unequal Justice" series of forums sponsored by Western Michigan University's Institute for the Study for Race and Ethnic Relations. For the last two months, the series has sought to raise awareness and generate solutions to America's high incarceration rate, particularly of people of color. The forum at 7 p.m. today, the fourth and final installment, is titled "Re-Imagining Kalamazoo With Justice for All." Officials will present several proposals for input.


The voice of youth is often overlooked in discussions about race relations, say representatives from several Kalamazoo organizations. That's why they're hosting two separate events over the next couple of days, starting with the Kalamazoo Youth Summit on Racism on Saturday. The next program is the Youth Lives Matter Community Forum on Monday. The hope is not only to let young people share their experiences but to offer solutions.

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A year of behind-the-scenes work is culminating today in the City of Kalamazoo's first event as part of its new Shared Prosperity Kalamazoo initiative aimed at reducing poverty, especially among children. At 7 o'clock tonight, officials invite the public to hear a message of hope and strategy from Richard V. Reeves, a senior fellow in economic studies at The Brookings Institution. He speaks at the Fetzer Center on the Western Michigan University campus.