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.

Earlene McMichael, WMUK

Pamela and Curtis Robinson are determined that neither money, nor lack of information, keep people from getting mental health counseling and other support services. So they run the Emerging HOPE Family Strengthening Program, a Kalamazoo-area nonprofit serving families and individuals with limited resources and from underrepresented communities. On today's WestSouthwest, the couple talks about their group and previews their mental health forum, the ninth annual, set for Saturday, April 30 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Public Library in downtown Kalamazoo. 


Earlene McMichael, WMUK

Did you know Michigan has some of the toughest consent laws in the nation? Learn this and other facts about sexual assault when Sherry Brockway, director of training and community impact at the YWCA of Kalamazoo, is our guest today on WMUK's WestSouthwest public-affairs show. April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. (Press icon to hear the show. For a longer version of the interview, see the end of this post.)


Earlene McMichael, WMUK

How colleges handle their student sexual assault complaints have been under scrutiny nationally. What's Western Michigan University's procedure? Find out from Felicia Crawford, the university's Title IX director, today on WMUK's WestSouthwest public-affairs show. Changes were made last year at Western to the way sexual assault complaints are investigated when it updated its sexual misconduct policy. One big change is victims no longer have to face their alleged attackers at a hearing panel. Now they meet privately with a staff member. (Press icon below to hear the show. For the full interview, see the audio at the end of this post.)


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Western Michigan University students this week started logging online to take a survey about their perceptions of sexual violence on campus. WMU is one of 50 participating universities nationwide. The survey began Monday and ends April 8. It comes a year after Western implemented a new sexual misconduct policy, which included major changes in how sexual assault complaints are investigated. Felicia Crawford, WMU's director of Title IX compliance, says the survey will allow officials to assess awareness about the new policy and its impact.


Wikipedia

Musiq Soulchild is an 11-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter. He rose to be among the most influential voices of neo-soul in the early 2000s. He draws from jazz, blues, funk, rap, reggae, classic R&B, hip-hop and more. More than a decade later,  the self-described "hip-hop soul" artist continues to take musical risks. But he tells WMUK's Earlene McMichael that he will soon be releasing an album reuniting him with the soul flavor that launched his career, a sound he plans to bring to his Feb. 13 show at the State Theatre in Kalamazoo, Mich. (Click on icon to hear our interview with him, with a bonus extended version as well.)


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