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Jodi Westrick

Social Media Producer

Jodi is Michigan Radio's social media producer, working to connect listeners to the station across a variety of digital platforms. If you’re chatting with someone on Michigan Radio's Facebook, Twitter, Instagram… it’s likely her. Beyond just posting to these streams, Jodi works with reporters, hosts and others across the newsroom to present stories to fans in an engaging way, ensuring they're even further engaged in the great reporting Michigan Radio does.

A Michigan-native, Jodi previously spent time in Washington, D.C.,  working as a digital media producer for Animal Planet and The Washington Post. She's a graduate of Hillsdale College, and holds a Masters in Journalism from American University. In her free time, she enjoys playing softball, reading, photography, watching funny animal videos, and sharing photos of and stories about her two rescue cats, Otis and Etta.

Ways to Connect

The Michigan Radio Marketing Assistant reports to the Marketing Director and assists in all aspects of station promotion and event management. This includes assisting with promotional activities, event management, and day to day operations of the marketing department. The primary duties of the position are as follows:

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Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

Former Michigan State University dean William Strampel will go to trial for sexual misconduct at Michigan State University. Strampel was in court for a probable cause hearing Tuesday. 

The father of survivor Katie Black weeps as his daughter speaks.
Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

The second day of the Larry Nassar sentencing in Eaton County got off to a turbulent start when an angry father of three victims lunged at the former sports doctor.

After a brief break to calm the chaos, Judge Janice Cunningham addressed the nervous crowd:

"This is such a unique case that involves hundreds of victims, and therefore hundreds of family members, brothers, sisters, spouses, friends. And to have watched the pain and the suffering of what loved ones have gone through is [unimaginable]...So if it is hard and difficult for me to hear what [Randall Margraves'] daughters have to say, I can't imagine what it is like for a parent."

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Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

Earlier this month, Facebook announced a change to its algorithm that impacts the visibility of media outlets within your News Feed. Facebook regularly tinkers with this algorithm, but this round of changes puts the emphasis on featuring updates from your friends and family members before those of news sites.

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Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

Today is the fourth day of a sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar, the former Michigan State University sports doctor charged with sexually assaulting young girls and women under the guise of medical treatment.

Kyle Stephens
Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

For hours, they kept stepping before the court, one after another, more than two dozen women and girls speaking directly to the man who sexually abused them as children.

“I’ve been coming for you for a long time,” Kyle Stephens told Larry Nassar, her mother crying beside her.

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As violence erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend, some of Michigan's lawmakers took to social media.  

Larry Nassar in court in recent months with his attorneys, Shannon Smith and Matthew Newburg.
Kate Wells / Michigan Radio

Kate Wells is at today's hearing for Larry Nassar. She'll be live-tweeting from the court room. As a warning, some of these tweets may describe sensitive or explicit situations.

Mercedes Mejia / Michigan Radio

When Dr. Rafaai Hamo was featured on the popular photography website Humans of New York in December of 2015, both he and the story he shared grabbed the attention and curiosity of people across the world. Hamo's wife, daughter and other family members were killed when their home in Syria was hit by a missile. He fled Syria with his surviving children, a son and three daughters, and arrived in Detroit at the end of 2015.

Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

Several students worked diligently on signs and hats to carry and wear in Saturday's Women's March on Lansing. It's a sister march to a larger event happening in Washington, D.C.

Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

So you're sick of the election.

Good news: just a few days left.

Better news: we're taking you on a road trip around a divided part of the state, where we hear from Michiganders (including an activist 8-year-old) about their own lives, and how it's shaping their perspectives on this election.

Fried pickles, grass fed beef, and some excellent coffee are included. But maybe don't eat them all at the same time.