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.


10:02 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Tomato Gardeners Warned About Fast-Spreading Disease

Officials say infected plants must be immediately thrown out to avoid damaging healthy ones
A disease called "late blight" is killing tomato plants here in Michigan. It is the same disease responsible for the Irish potato famine. The disease is a fungus-like organism called phytophthora infestans. The disease has been reported in 10 Michigan counties, and is spreading fast according to Lina Rodriguez Salamanca, MSU extension educator.
August 18, 2014
12:01 am
Mon August 18, 2014

WestSouthwest August 18, 2014

Anthony Everson, a 53-year-old warehouse worker from Kalamazoo, and his tutor, Carl Ill, a retired principal and English
Credit Earlene McMichael, WMUK

This edition of WestSouthwest is a rebroadcast of a special program on adult illiteracy. 

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9:14 am
Mon July 28, 2014

WSW: Meet "The Three Doctors"

"The Three Doctors," from left, Drs. George Jenkins, Sampson Davis and Rameck Hunt, credit a boyhood pact with their triumphing over negative influences in the inner-city to become doctors. They hope others will replicate their teamwork approach when they speak Wednesday, July 30 at Kalamazoo's Chenery Auditorium.
Credit Three Doctors Foundation

A boyhood vow that three inner-city youngsters made to help each other succeed led to the trio all reaching their goal of becoming medical doctors or dentists. Along the way they also became New York Times-bestselling authors. Now Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation brings their timely message of using teamwork to solve problems to Kalamazoo on Wednesday, July 30. It's part of its “Re2pect Your Community” event.

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8:05 am
Thu July 10, 2014

WSW: Remembering Author Walter Dean Myers

Credit Foundation for Newark's Future

Last year Walter Dean Myers came to Kalamazoo as part of a cross-country tour to promote literacy among young people. 

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Literacy Council
7:37 am
Tue May 20, 2014

WSW: Wiping Out Adult Illiteracy

Anthony Everson, a 53-year-old warehouse worker from Kalamazoo, and his tutor, Carl Ill, a retired principal and English teacher, work together in March. They've been meeting for the last 1 1/2 years.
Credit Earlene McMichael, WMUK

The Kalamazoo Adult Literacy Council says not being able to read is an invisible impairment -- or at least one easy to conceal. 

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