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.

YWCA of Kalamazoo

Four months ago, WMUK reported on the launch of the Kalamazoo Infant Mortality Community Action Initiative, a major effort to curb Kalamazoo County’s high rate of black babies dying in their first year of life. A lot has happened since -- two big achievements this month alone. 

The Associated Press

 There's a few things you probably didn't know about Martin Luther King: 

Western Michigan University

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.?

WMUK's Earlene McMichael tells the inside story of what led to King's Dec. 18, 1963 visit to Western Michigan University today on the WestSouthwest show. It is in honor of MLK Jr. Day.

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.  

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.