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Doug Tribou

Host, Morning Edition

Doug Tribou joined the Michigan Radio staff as the host of Morning Edition in June 2016. Doug first moved to Michigan in 2015 when he was awarded a Knight-Wallace journalism fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

From 2006 until August 2015, Doug worked at NPR member station WBUR in Boston. During that time, he spent seven years as a reporter and producer for Only A Game, NPR’s weekly sports show. From 2006 to 2008, he was a news anchor at WBUR.

Doug’s reporting has appeared on All Things Considered, Marketplace, and Weekend Edition. He has also made numerous appearances on NPR’s Here and Now.

Doug also has extensive experience in commercial radio. He served as program director at ESPN Radio Boston (WAMG/WLLH) from 2005 to 2006, and as program and news director for stations owned by Saga Communications in Portland, Maine.

Doug has a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University. In 2013, he earned a master’s degree in advertising from Boston University.

Doug lives with his wife and two daughters in Ann Arbor. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring Michigan with his family, basketball, running, golf, books about history, and detective novels.

You can follow Doug on Twitter @DougTribou.

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August Snow is a retired Marine sniper. He's also an ex-police detective who became a multimillionaire after he sued for wrongful termination. But above all, Snow is a Detroiter, and he's the main character in author Stephen Mack Jones' latest novel, Dead of Winter.

Jones joined Michigan Radio Morning Edition host Doug Tribou to talk about the third book in his August Snow series, and plans to make a television show based on the novels.

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Detroit is lagging the state when it comes to getting residents vaccinated against COVID-19, and the city is now stepping up efforts to correct that.

As of last week, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, more than 39% of people in Michigan have received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine. In Detroit, that number is less than 23%.

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During Lent, the period leading up to Easter, many Christians give up personal luxuries like watching television or eating chocolate. But this year, Linda Stephan, the pastor at the Williamston United Methodist Church near Lansing, took a different approach.

She gave up her pulpit.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Johnny Juzang scored 28 points while playing most of the second half on a hurt ankle, and UCLA survived a series of nail-biting misses by top-seeded Michigan in the closing seconds for a 51-49 victory Tuesday night that made the Bruins the fifth No. 11 seed ever to reach the Final Four.

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Three men accused of being part of a plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer are due to be back in a Jackson County courtroom Monday.

A judge is scheduled to hear final arguments in the men’s pre-trial hearing and is expected to decide whether to bind them over for trial.

Michigan Radio reporter Steve Carmody joined Morning Edition host Doug Tribou to discuss the case. 

Doug Tribou: Who are the three defendents?

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — What was touted as the marquee matchup in the Sweet 16 turned into a dud.

For everyone but Michigan, that is.

Seven-foot-1 freshman Hunter Dickinson had 14 points and eight rebounds and the top-seeded Wolverines took the inside route to the Elite Eight, pounding away in the paint Sunday for a 76-58 takedown of surprisingly helpless Florida State.

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A lot of kids in the Lansing School District will have to wait a little longer to go back to the classroom.

Some students with special needs were set to return to in-person learning this week. Then the district pushed their start date to March 29, and on Wednesday, pushed it back again to April 12. That’s because of a spike of COVID cases in the area.

Also, some families that had been planning to join in-person classes recently learned they don't have the option anymore.

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The NCAA men's basketball tournament is underway, and for Michigan State, it's already over.

Early Friday morning in West Lafayette, Indiana, the Spartans lost to UCLA 86-80 in overtime. Thursday's play-in games also determined Michigan's first round opponent.

Michigan Radio sports commentator John U. Bacon joined Morning Edition host Doug Tribou for a look at both teams, the upcoming start of women's tournament, and more. 

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The battle over the state budget in Lansing seems to be heating up, not cooling down.

Republican leaders tied parts of their original budget plan to Governor Gretchen Whitmer's signing of bills that would have reduced her emergency powers. She, in turn, used line-item vetoes on those sections of the budget. Now, there could be a lawsuit.For analysis of the situation, Michigan Radio's Doug Tribou spoke with Zach Gorchow, the executive editor and publisher of Gongwer News Service.

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It's conference tournament time in college basketball. There have been upsets and disappointments in the Big Ten men's and women's tournaments in Indianapolis.

Michigan Radio sports commentator John U. Bacon joined Morning Edition host Doug Tribou for a look at the highs and lows. 

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On March 10, 2020, Michigan identified the first two known cases of COVID-19 in the state. In the year since, more than 650,000 Michiganders have contracted the disease and more 15,000 have died.

As part of Michigan Radio's look back at the past year, the state's chief medical executive, Dr. Joneigh Khaldun spoke with Michigan Radio's Doug Tribou on Morning Edition.

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The debate over the state's supplemental budget and billions of dollars in federal COVID relief funding is continuing in Lansing. The Republican-led House and Senate have passed their budget proposals. There are significant differences from Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s plan.

State House Speaker Jason Wentworth (R-Clare), joined Michigan Radio's Doug Tribou on Morning Edition to share his thoughts on the plan, and his work on ethics and transparecny reform in the state Legislature.

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This story is part of a Michigan Radio series for Black History Month on Black Michiganders who made contributions to science and medicine.

Albert Wheeler understood that in order to succeed in science and medicine, Black people needed access to quality education.

Originally from Missouri, Wheeler arrived in Ann Arbor in 1937 to pursue a Ph.D. at the University of Michigan. Some of his mentors had urged him to go to medical school. Wheeler felt more suited to public health.

Should documents donated to a public university be made public immediately?

That question is at the center of a lawsuit currently before the Michigan Supreme Court.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer delivered her State of the State address Wednesday. She called on her fellow Democrats and the state's Republican legislators to work together to address the COVID-19 crisis and safely reopen businesses and schools.

State Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) joined Michigan Radio's Doug Tribou on Morning Edition to share his reactions to the speech.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer made a peace offering to Republicans in her third State of the State address on Wednesday night. That’s as Republicans have ramped up their resistance to her COVID-19 restrictions.

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The University of Michigan has put its athletic activities on hold. Athletic facilities are closed, and practices, training sessions, and competitions are all shut down.

This comes after several people associated with the athletic department tested positive for the new COVID B.1.1.7. variant.

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President Joe Biden took office Wednesday as the 46th president of the United States. Michigan’s senior U.S. Senator, Debbie Stabenow, was in the audience. She talked to Michigan Radio's Morning Edition host Doug Tribou about the inauguration and her priorities under the new administration.

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The Detroit Lions have a new head coach. The team announced Wednesday it has agreed on contract terms with Dan Campbell.

Campbell comes to the Lions from New Orleans where he was the Saints' assistant head coach and tight ends coach. He has 11 years of NFL coaching experience.

Campbell is also a former Lions player. He was a tight end for Detroit from 2006 to 2008.

Former Governor Rick Snyder is one of nine people arraigned Thursday on criminal charges tied to the Flint water crisis. Michigan state senator and long-time Flint resident Jim Ananich is glad the prosecution is happening.

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When the U.S. House of Representatives voted 232 to 197 to impeach President Donald Trump for the second time Wednesday, 10 Republicans joined House Democrats to vote in favor. One of them was newly elected West Michigan Congressman Peter Meijer.

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The state of Michigan wants students to have a chance to come back to their classrooms in less than two months. The state's largest teachers union supports the plan, but wants some assurances.

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In the chaos at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, Michigan Representative Debbie Dingell smelled tear gas, heard gun shots, felt "panic mode" kick in inside the House chamber, and benefitted from the kindness of others. 

After Congress certified President-elect Joe Biden's victory over President Donald Trump early Thursday morning, Dingell, D-Dearborn, spoke to Michigan Radio's Morning Edition about the scene as the pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol.

With the start of the new year comes the start of a new term for the Michigan Supreme Court. The court's newest member is Justice Elizabeth Welch.

Welch won one of two seats in November, along with Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack, who was reelected to her second eight-year term. Although candidates are listed as nonpartisan on the ballot, both were Democratic Party nominees, and that ended the court's Republican-backed majority.

The last time Michigan and Ohio State went a season without playing each other was 1917. But 2020 will put an end to that streak. The University of Michigan announced Tuesday it was canceling the game, which was scheduled for Saturday, because of an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak on the team.

On Michigan Radio's Morning Edition, sports commentator John U. Bacon discussed the cancellation and coach Jim Harbaugh's future with Michigan.

Not in a vacuum 

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Detroit Olympic Committee Archive in the Burton Historical Collection of the Detroit Public Library

Detroit loves its sports, and sometimes even loves the results. The new book City of Champions details pivotal Detroit sports moments spanning more than 250 years, and documents how sports history is woven into the city's overall successes and struggles.

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The Detroit Lions ended the Matt Patricia era over the weekend. The team fired the head coach after an ugly loss on Thanksgiving. Also, on Saturday, the Michigan Wolverines suffered their fourth loss in six games this season. Michigan Radio sports commentator John U. Bacon broke down the break downs.

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For many people, 2020 is an ongoing collision of difficult, stressful situations. As COVID-19 cases surge in the state, Michigan Radio is talking to Michiganders about how the pandemic is affecting their lives.

Danielle Dix works the third shift at a West Michigan hospital. The Grand Rapids mom has a second job in retail. All the while, she's trying to keep her two children on track in online school.

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Changes are coming to the Michigan Supreme Court. Voters elected West Michigan attorney Elizabeth Welch and reelected Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack. Both were Democratic Party nominees, and in the new term, the court will flip to a majority of justices backed by Democrats. The court will also have more women than men.

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A lot of the dust has settled from Election Day in Michigan, but not all of it.

Michigan Radio's resident political expert Zoe Clark joined Morning Edition host Doug Tribou to look at what we can learn from the results. 

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