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.


10:03 am
Thu November 20, 2014

WSW: Coalition Mobilizes to Lower Black Infant Death Rate

Representatives from Kalamazoo County's medical, government, faith and other communities meet on Friday, Nov. 21st to kick off the Kalamazoo Infant Mortality Community Action Initiative.
Credit Gabi Menashe / Flickr

A strategy used in the Los Angeles area that led to a big drop in the high rate of black infants dying in the first year of birth is launching in Kalamazoo in hopes of similar results here, its lead organizer says.  

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12:10 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

WSW: Summit on Racism Turns 10

Audience members at the 2013 Summit on Racism break up into small groups for dialogue after listening to a panel discussion.
Credit Southwest Michigan Black Heritage Society

The Summit on Racism, an important annual event that examines racial issues, marks a milestone. It turns 10 years old. Organizers proudly say the Summit's done more than just talk about needed change, but led to some in the Kalamazoo area. They hope to continue that tradition with the next Summit set for Friday, Nov. 14th.

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Arts & More
9:21 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Kalamazoo Fashion Week Puts Community Center Stage

From left, Hope Potgiesser, 17, of Lawton, Mohammad Hasher, 15, of Portage, Christya Reynolds, 16, of Kalamazoo, and Kaylee Patterson, 16, of Portage, practice their walk at Thursday's rehearsal for Kalamazoo Fashion Week. Adult and young child models are also in the show.
Credit Earlene McMichael

New York Fashion Week ended a few days ago, saying good-bye to a runway of elegant outfits, some too fancy for a day at the office. But a new event now in progress in Kalamazoo seeks to change that image and to involve the community in the process.

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8:56 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

WSW: Suicide Prevention Walk Shares Hope, Resources

Gryphon Place holds its first Suicide Prevention Walk on Saturday, Sept. 13, to generate awareness about mental health issues.
Credit Credit: Gryphon Place

One of Kalamazoo's most respected and longtime go-to agencies serving people in emotional pain holds a Suicide Prevention Walk this Saturday, Sept. 13th -- its first -- in hopes of sending a message of hope to the community, says Gryphon Place's assistant director.

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SW Michigan
10:31 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Merchants, Kalamazoo's Library Partner for Discounts

The Kalamazoo Public Library is using the month of September to show that having a library card has its privileges.

Its cardholders can get discounts at more than 15 local stores and museums during National Library Card Sign-up Month, according to a news release. Participating businesses include bookstores, coffee shops, restaurants, gift shops and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.