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Jodi Westrick

Digital Director

Jodi is Michigan Radio’s Digital Director, leading and developing the station’s overall digital strategy. She works with the news, programming, marketing, and membership teams to present the work Michigan Radio does in an engaging way. She spends a lot of time thinking of new ways to connect listeners to the station across a variety of digital platforms.

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, spending time with family, and sharing photos of and stories about her two rescue cats, Otis and Etta.

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person holding tongs to pick up marijuana on scale
Get Budding / Unsplash

Last November, Michigan voters approved Proposal One, which legalized recreational marijuana across the state. In Tuesday's election, three communities voted on whether or not to allow marijuana businesses, after nearly 600 communities across the state exercised their right to opt out of those businesses. 

drawing of two podiums with two faces talking into microphones
Angela Hsieh / NPR

It's the second and final of the July Democratic debates. The second set of 10 candidates is making their case as to why they should be the next president of the United States. Follow NPR's live coverage for real-time fact checks and analysis of their remarks.

blue recycling bin on sidewalk
Anna Schlutt / Michigan Radio

A state agency is supporting infrastructure upgrades and a public awareness campaign to boost recycling in Michigan.

The Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy announced more than $1.3 million in grants Monday to help Emmet County improve recycling technology and Kalkaska-based American Waste buy fiber equipment to produce higher-quality mixed paper recycling products.

Drawing of podium with two microphones and two faces talking
Angela Hsieh / NPR

It's Night 1 of the July Democratic debates. Ten candidates are each making the case that they should be the next president of the United States. Follow NPR's live coverage for real-time fact checks and analysis of their remarks. 

Robert Mueller sitting at desk with nameplate
Kit Fox / Medill DC / Flickr CC BY 2.0

Former special counsel Robert Mueller is appeared in two separate hearings before the House judiciary and intelligence committees. Though Mueller has said his report on Russian interference in the 2016 election is his testimony, lawmakers have insisted that he testify in person. 

Democratic presidential hopefuls are meeting for the second time on the debate stage July 30 and 31. We want your input to help guide our coverage of the debates and the 2020 election. 

Capitol Building
Liam James Doyle / NPR

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan is taking questions from the House oversight committee. His agency has been under scrutiny for conditions at the detention facilities holding migrants along the southern border. An inspector general report found "dangerous overcrowding" and poor conditions for children and adults. Watch his testimony live Thursday at 10 a.m. ET. 

Rashida Tlaib
Rashida Tlaib for Congress Facebook page

It was a tense and emotional visit for Democratic lawmakers at Border Patrol facilities in Texas where migrant families are being detained. 

Close up image of blacklegged tick on piece of straw
stevenwellingson / Adobe Stock

Ever wanted to help researchers learn more about ticks and where people are being exposed to them? Now's your chance — and it's as easy as using the device that's likely already glued to the palm of your hand.

Drawing of podium with two microphones and two faces talking
Angela Hsieh / NPR

It's Night 2 of the first primary debate of the 2020 election cycle. Follow NPR reporters' live analysis and fact checks of the candidates' remarks. Coverage begins at 9 p.m. 

drawing of two podiums with two faces talking into microphones
Angela Hsieh / NPR

It's Night 1 of the first primary debate of the 2020 election cycle. Follow NPR reporters' live analysis and fact checks of the candidates' remarks.

U.S. Capitol building surrounded by green trees
Liam James Doyle / NPR

The House of Representatives is debating a civil contempt resolution against Attorney General William Barr and former White House Counsel Don McGahn.

an airless tire travels over rocks
Steve Fecht for General Motors

General Motors passenger vehicles could have airless, puncture-proof tires as early as 2024, Michelin and GM announced Tuesday

The airless technology, dubbed the Uptis Prototype (Unique Puncture-Proof Tire System), would eliminate flat tires and blowouts - a factor likely appealing to consumers, and with the added benefit of reducing waste and raw materials. The prototype would also help tires last longer as there would be less wear and tear caused by over- and under-inflation. 

Drawing of a podium
Meg Kelly / NPR

Special counsel Robert Mueller made a statement about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Below is a replay of his statement at the Department of Justice. 

A Catholic priest
Adobe Stock

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced today 21 counts of criminal sexual conduct against five men following a clergy abuse investigation. Four of the men have been arrested, while one awaits extradition from India. 

two cars in a rear ending accident
Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Governor Gretchen Whitmer says an agreement has been reached in concept on bipartisan changes to Michigan's auto insurance laws.

Car accident
Kadmy / Adobe Stock

Updated: Thursday, May 9 at 6:30 a.m.

The Republican-led state House early Thursday approved an overhaul that would let people opt out of mandatory unlimited medical coverage for car crashes. The Senate passed a plan earlier this week.

Sarah Cwiek / Michigan Radio

After more than 3.5 inches of rain fell across the region this past week, prompting Governor Gretchen Whitmer to declare a state of emergency in Wayne County on May 2, the Wayne County Health Department is now urging caution as residents start to clean up flooded basements and structures.

U.S. Department of Justice
Liam James Doyle / NPR

Attorney General William Barr delivered a press conference at the Justice Department ahead of the expected release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. A redacted version of the report is expected to be released on Thursday.

Flint River
lindaparton / Adobe Stock

Thursday, April 25, marks five years since Flint made the switch to the Flint River as its water source. What questions do you still have about Flint's water crisis? Ask us by using the submission form below.


Update 7:20 a.m.

A large fire at a Washtenaw County welding supply company that caused several explosions and some evacuations is out.

The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department says all crews cleared the scene late last night.

Reports of a loud explosion were heard near Carpenter Road and Morgan Road in Pittsfield Township around 12:40 p.m. Thursday. 

According to reports, a large fire began at the Ann Arbor Welding Supply at the 4000 block of Carpenter Road shortly after large booms were heard throughout the area. 

The Ghoul

Ron Sweed, also known by his late-night television host character "The Ghoul," has passed away according to reports from friends and his ex-wife Barbara J. King.

Chuttersnap / Unsplash

As Michiganders get ready to "spring forward" their clocks this Sunday, state Representative Michele Hoitenga (R-Manton) has introduced a bill (HB 4303) to eliminate daylight saving time as a way to stay on Eastern Standard Time all year.

However, this isn't the first time legislation like this has been introduced in Michigan. It was last debated in 2017. And before that in 2015. And chances are you hear grumblings against (and perhaps praise for) the move each fall and spring when clocks make the switch.

White Wolf

In late February, four Canadian wolves were captured and then released onto Isle Royale National Park in a continued effort to grow the current wolf population and restore predation, a "key ecosystem dynamic," according to a press release from the National Park Service. 

Planned Parenthood awning
Planned Parenthood of Michigan

Michigan became one of 21 states joining a lawsuit against the federal government's new Title X rule, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced on Tuesday. Title X funds family planning services and other health care for low-income Americans.

pads and tampons
Michigan Radio

Two bills proposing to exempt feminine hygiene products from sale and use tax, commonly known as the "tampon tax," were reintroduced in the state Senate Tuesday.

Capitol Building
Liam James Doyle / NPR

Michael Cohen, President Trump's former lawyer, testified on Capitol Hill Wednesday. Cohen has been sentenced to three years in prison, to begin in May, after pleading guilty to charges related to payments he made to two women who allege they had sexual encounters with Trump.

A map showing PFAS sites in Michigan
Kaye LaFond / Michigan Radio

Updated, February 25, 2019

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has released results of a 2018 state-wide sampling of public, school and tribal water supplies for per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS.

Of 1,114 public water systems, 119 have been found to contain some level of PFAS. No tribal water supplies contained PFAS.

Satellite image of the Great Lakes

Updated 3/14/19: As a "bomb cyclone" prepares to hit parts of the upper Midwest, we're re-sharing this explainer about what a bomb cyclone is exactly.

Original Post: Parts of Michigan could experience winds up to 50 miles per hour this weekend, thanks to a weather phenomenon called explosive cyclogenesis. You might have heard it called a bomb cyclone or bombogenesis in other media and weather reports.

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