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Michigan Radio

On March 10th, 2020, the night of the state’s primary election, much of the Michigan Radio news team was already working late in the newsroom when Governor Gretchen Whitmer held a press conference to announce the state’s first confirmed cases of COVID-19. The news team suddenly had to grapple with a virus that quickly raged out of control and within weeks, drove Michigan to near the top of the list of hardest hit states in the country for COVID. Here's a sample of the many stories we reported in 2020.

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Chettara T. Photography

Do you ever feel like you’re just…overwhelmed by the headlines? Those almost constant news alerts?

You are not alone. 

Our daily Stateside podcast, hosted by April Baer, is here to cut through the noise with conversations that matter to Michigan. 

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Vice President Pence and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris are debating in Salt Lake City. Their only face-off of the 2020 campaign comes with a wave of uncertainty with President Trump undergoing treatment for COVID-19. Follow live updates and fact-checks on the debate.

Be Informed

Oct 7, 2020

Thanks for checking out Michigan Radio, Michigan's NPR News Leader. Michigan Radio is a listener supported, non-commercial news source that provides statewide, national and international news and information 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Click below to listen.   

With so much happening around us, it’s easy to overlook today's true heroes of public journalism: you. Your support makes Michigan Radio possible.

We are witnessing history right now. A global pandemic, a contentious election just weeks away, nationwide demonstrations against racial injustice, and an economic crisis that is leaving many unsure of their future.

Michigan Radio’s Statement on Diversity begins with a direct acknowledgement that increasing diversity is an existential question for the station. Our future success depends on how well we are able to grow and diversify our audience, our news sources and our own staff.

As one of many steps we are taking, we have committed to publishing an annual report on the demographic composition of station staff. This post represents the first of these reports.

If you or someone you know is facing immediate harm because of suicidal or homicidal thoughts or actions, please get help now:

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Katie Raymond / Michigan Radio

Teenagers. Always on their phones (but don’t know how to make a phone call). Endlessly curating their identities on Instagram. Unprepared for “the real world.” These are some of the stereotypes of Generation Z. But are they accurate? What are young people really thinking about, laughing about, and stressing about right now?

For nearly three months, our team of reporters, producers, hosts, engineers, and more have been working to bring you the news you rely on without interruption. Keeping you informed during the COVID-19 pandemic by bringing you breaking news, thorough analysis, and stories from the frontline has been our number one priority during this challenging time.


We're all adapting to this "new normal," and for our staff of reporters, producers, and hosts, it means discovering new ways to report news from across the state and from the frontlines - sometimes from your closet or with a new cat coworker. Trusted news coverage and thorough, accurate reporting are more important than ever.


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Katie Raymond / Michigan Radio


Kids These Days is a podcast hosted by teens, about teens. What we're thinking about, laughing about, and stressing about. This new, limited-run show is a collaboration between Community High School in Ann Arbor and Michigan Radio.


[Download here]


Wearing scrubs and masks that dig deep ridges on their cheeks, working all day and all night tending to the sick in this global coronavirus pandemic, health care workers have been called to become our heroes.

Putting their own health and safety at risk, they work under unimaginable pressure, saving lives, offering comfort and carrying the grief over those who couldn’t be saved.

Michigan Radio is working on a new podcast by and about teens.

Are you a teen? Do you struggle with mental illness? We want to hear your coping mechanisms.

Call 734.408.1753 and leave us a message.

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters has recognized Michigan Radio as Public Radio Station of the Year for the fifth consecutive year. The recognition was announced Wednesday evening at the MAB’s annual Broadcast Excellence Awards held in Lansing.

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104.1 WVGR Grand Rapids is currently off air. We are working on a fix and expect it to be back on air by 3 p.m. Thanks for your patience. 

When your buddies tell you “we like you because you’re not like most black people,” should you throw down or lay low? How do you support your transgender kid when their own sibling thinks transgender is a misguided choice? What makes someone an “other,” anyway? 

Same Same Different tackles these issues and more. Host Bryce Huffman and his guests explore identity and how to survive “otherness” with our full humanity and sanity intact.

In August of 2019, Michigan Radio began an ongoing series investigating what the effects of climate change would be on the future of Michigan. We began the series with a week of coverage kicked off by Stateside host Cynthia Canty interviewing reporter Tracy Samilton about what climate change will mean for Michigan.