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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Today we get to know Jorge Gonzalez , Kalamazoo College's new president . His first day was July 1. Gonzalez's wife is a K graduate. He has his own ties to Michigan, earning both his master's and doctoral degrees in economics at Michigan State University. He’s spent his academic career at small liberal arts colleges, like K, starting out as a professor. Most recently, he was vice president of academic affairs at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Click on the icon to hear WMUK's Earlene McMichael interview with him on the WestSouthwest public-affairs show.

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Belinda Tate 's rise to executive director of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts even surprises herself. "I never expected to have a career in the arts," she tells WMUK's Earlene McMichael on WestSouthwest today, her two-year anniversary at the KIA. "While an undergraduate at Yale, I was a math major -- applied math with a concentration in operations research." Then she got a job in the Finance Department at the Yale Center for British Art in her sophomore year. What happened next shows the power of mentors, of which she'd had several while in college.

Family & Children Services

Sherry Thomas-Cloud , head of Kalamazoo's Douglass Community Association, is the new chief executive officer of the area Family & Children Services , the regional human services organization announced today. Her first day is Oct. 3. She takes over from Rosemary Gardiner, who is retiring after 44 years with the agency, the last eight in the top spot. Thomas-Cloud, a licensed master social worker, headed the Douglass Community Association, a nonprofit outreach center serving youth, adults...

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If you've noticed increased community collaborations, youth programming and involvement of local artists at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts , it's been intentional. Belinda Tate marks her second-year anniversary as the organization's executive director next month. She says she's sought to make the KIA a "community resource" and a center of creativity. The KIA also has extended hours, and now is open at every Art Hop .

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The community policing model at the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety has brought it accolades in the national media. But the department has had its share of controversies as well, including a 2013 study that showed racial profiling in traffic stops. Chief Jeffrey Hadley says much progress has been made since then. Hadley talks this topic and more in a half-hour-long interview with WMUK's Earlene McMichael on today's WestSouthwest . He said no subject was off-limits. (Press the icon to hear the show. For a longer version, see the end of the post.)

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