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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Grand Rapids native Dann Sytsma has long wondered why it's customary for companies to offer new employee orientation, but not so for communities to provide such training for its new residents. That question has led him to launch the "Welcome to Kalamazoo" show during downtown Kalamazoo's Art Hops. The next one is May 4.


Western Michigan University

Note: We dust off this Jan. 19, 2015 WestSouthwest show in honor of yesterday's 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King.

Did you know Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke in Kalamazoo? And just four months after his historic “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, D.C.?

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When Shannon LaNier was a boy, he told his classmates that President Thomas Jefferson was his great grandfather. His teacher didn't see how that was possible. LaNier looks black. She instructed him to stop lying. Now, he says, DNA and other evidence supports the story that had been passed down in his family of its connection to Jefferson and enslaved woman Sally Hemings. LaNier speaks in Kalamazoo on Feb. 27.


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The face of philanthropy is getting younger. For the next few decades, Generation Xers and Millennials will be big donors--likely the largest in history. That's the prediction of the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids in its new report about 11 giving trends.


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Most college students arrive at campus knowing few people at a time when they must also learn how to live on their own for the first time. For some, that can lead to depression--even suicide. That's why Western Michigan University's Lee Honors College is showing "The 'S' Word" documentary on Feb. 7.


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