Jacob Meschke | Michigan Radio

Jacob Meschke

Production Assistant, Stateside

Jacob Meschke is a Stateside news assistant and a rising senior at Northwestern University, where he studies journalism, Spanish and political science.

Jacob is from Williamston, Michigan, but graduated from Okemos High School in 2014. He therefore grew up, and still is, a diehard Spartan fan and Trojan arch nemesis. Jacob loves politics, the nerdier the better, and nature—a huge advocate of the Pure Michigan campaign—but his biggest passion lies in soccer, especially the sport’s growth across Michigan and the United States.

Previously, Jacob was a reporter covering national security for the Medill News Service in Washington and the managing editor of North by Northwestern, a politics and culture magazine. He’s also spent time living abroad in Spain and Bolivia.

actors on stage
Lisa Gavan


Each time a show opened at the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre, Alexandra Berneis would send an email. As the theater's executive director, Berneis had a strong relationship with Jen McKee, the local critic at The Ann Arbor News. It was a symbiotic one: invitation, access, coverage, repeat.

Then one day in January 2016, she didn’t get an email back. The critic and other colleagues lost their jobs. Mainstream arts coverage in Ann Arbor was gone.

Michigan communities have been experiencing this with increasing frequency over several years. As the internet changed how people got their news, media entities shifted and consolidated, and arts communities across the state are feeling the loss.

two workers picking apples in an orchard
Courtesy of Great Lakes Agricultural Labor Services


Michigan fruit growers are nearing a crucial time of the year: harvest season. But those farmers are struggling to find enough labor to fill their needs.

People are no longer turning up at the farm looking for work, said Rob Steffens, owner of Steffens Orchard in Sparta, just north of Grand Rapids. Steffens needs more than 40 workers each year for his 280-acre orchard. He’s on track to have enough this year, but he says some workers have told him they aren’t returning.