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Michelle Jokisch Polo

As WKAR’s Bilingual Latinx Stories Reporter, Michelle reports in both English and Spanish on stories affecting Michigan’s Latinx community. Michelle is also the voice of WKAR’s weekend news programs.

 

Michelle joined WKAR in August 2020.

Before joining WKAR, Michelle was the inclusion reporter at WGVU Public Media, covering stories of people at the intersections of racial justice immigration reform, criminal justice system reform, reproductive justice and trans and queer liberation. Michelle began her career as a journalist as the head reporter at El Vocero Hispano, the largest Hispanic newspaper in Michigan.

Michelle has a master’s degree from Grand Valley State University and a bachelor’s degree from Calvin University.

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With bipartisan support, the Michigan Senate is formally recognizing June as LGBTQ Pride Month.

Lawmakers adopted a formal resolution Thursday with bipartisan support. 16 Senate Democrats and two Republicans signed on as co-sponsors.

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Michigan has been at the center of the mask-wearing debate, and it intensified after hundreds of residents flooded the Michigan State Capitol to protest the governor's stay-at-home orders and mask mandates.

Today the decision to wear or not wear a mask is seen in Michigan by many as a political statement. But it's one that Michigan restaurant owner Travis Stoliker is not interested in making.