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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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The Ghoul
theghoul.com

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.

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Clock
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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
OMNRF, NPS and NPLSF

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
NOAA

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.

Each day you listen to your favorite Michigan Radio and NPR voices on our airwaves - but now it's your chance to hear your voice alongside those that make up the soundtrack to your day.

If you are a current sustaining member to Michigan Radio and have a quick minute to complete the following steps, you'll be on your way to sharing your love for our station online and on our airwaves. 

John Dingell
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy / Flickr

As Michiganders and the country mourn the loss of former Michigan Congressman John Dingell, we wanted to take a look back at some of the greatest missives from the prolific tweeter

Dingell didn't use his Twitter feed just to comment on politics. He also weighed in on Michigan sports teams (specifically his love for the University of Michigan), joked about his age, made some sick burns, and weighed in on current events.

We're gearing up for our mid-March membership drive, but this time it comes with a special twist. 

When we hear from 300 first-time sustaining members between now and March 11, we'll shave one day of pitching from our airwaves. Want to get started? 

A sustaining gift allows you to support the programs you rely on through secure, automatic monthly payments from your bank account, credit card or debit card.

Woman bundled up in snow
Pixabay

With wind chill advisories across most of Michigan, most of us will be experiencing temperatures close to -25 degrees Fahrenheit. While the temperature is expected to increase throughout the day, when it's windy and this cold, your body will start to lose heat faster than it can produce it.

Lunar eclipse
Nicky Zhang / Unsplash

Those willing to risk a chilly evening and a late bedtime Sunday night will be met with a stunning reward - the only total lunar eclipse of 2019. And this one will be a super blood moon.

What's a super blood moon? According to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the moon will simultaneously be in the full moon phase of its orbit and reaching the perigee, the moon's closest position to Earth (about 363,300 kilometers, to be exact). This is why it appears much larger than a regular full moon, or "super." When the moon passes through Earth's shadow, it will turn a reddish color, hence the "blood" aspect of the name.

William Strampel
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."

Facebook app
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.

Aly Raisman
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.

Donald Trump tweet
@realDonaldTrump Twitter

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.

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