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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Two organizations serving small businesses join forces for their second "Entrepreneurship Day" to help those looking to open or improve a business. The daylong event, featuring 16 workshops on topics ranging from marketing to financing, is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo. More than 150 people attended the last time it was held.


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Once again, a Western Michigan University grad has made it onto a nationally-televised singing competition. Meagan McNeal, 31, became a contestant on NBC's "The Voice" last Monday when she passed the blind auditions with her twist on The Weeknd's "Can't Feel My Face." Judge Jennifer Hudson immediately picked her for her team.


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It was rare to see a female college president anywhere in America when Marilyn Schlack took over leadership of Kalamazoo Valley Community College 35 years ago. Her tenure will soon come to an end. Schlack, 81, will stay until a replacement is found.


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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. 


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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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