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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There's a grassroots group in Kalamazoo's Edison Neighborhood gaining national attention for its success finding employment for harder-to-place job seekers, like ex-offenders, those with disabilities and single mothers re-entering the workforce. Momentum Urban Employment Initiative was founded four years ago this October. Ninety-three percent of its participants get full-time jobs, officials say. 


Earlene McMichael | WMUK

Bad credit score? A history of bouncing checks? All are welcomed in the doors at Community Promise Federal Credit Union in Kalamazoo's Edison Neighborhood, but you won't leave the same.

In exchange for affordably-priced loans, for example, customers must submit to financial counseling as well as turn in a household budget.

Officials say their strategies are helping this non-profit bank, which is nearing the five-year mark, be successful in its mission of reversing the challenged financial pasts of low-to-moderate-income people.


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Tammy, a 65-year-old Kalamazoo-area woman, got divorced 18 years ago. She says her dates since have been few and gone nowhere, even after trying a matchmaking service. 

Gordon, 78, of Portage, has been widowed for three years. He’s been to lunch with a couple of women but finds it hard to call it dating. He and his wife were married for over half a century.

For a variety of reasons, older adults can find it tougher to find a partner, even friends, at a time in their lives when social isolation can start to creep in, says Kim Phillips, manager of the Portage Senior Center

What’s an older adult to do? 


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On WestSouthwest, a look at dating for seniors. 


Earlene McMichael | WMUK

Having a strong social network has a positive effect on the health of senior citizens. But here's the thing: Finding a partner and friends can be tougher for older adults. 


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