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Taylor Wizner

Taylor Wizner is passionate about empowering communities through solid reporting. She started at IPR in 2019 after working as an associate producer at WDET in Detroit. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School and the University of Michigan, and has interned for NPR’s flagship show "All Things Considered." When not sharing the news of the day, she enjoys eating Detroit-style pizza and listening to narrative podcasts.

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When vaccinations opened to northwest Michigan’s older population, health officials reported a “crushing demand.” Now that appointments have opened to all ages, they can’t find enough people.

The health officer for the Health Department of Northwest Michigan, Lisa Peacock, says with almost half the region vaccinated, the other half seems to be hesitant.

Charlie Day in hospital
Candace Day

A rare side effect of COVID-19 can cause respiratory and heart failure in some young people.

Health professionals call it “Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children,” or MISC.

One northern Michigan family says finding out their young son had it was one of the scariest moments of their lives.

It was mother’s worst nightmare. Kandace Day’s four-year-old son was air-vacced to the hospital with 15 doctors rushing him to the ICU.

Gretchen Whitmer at a podium

Governor Gretchen Whitmer is moving the Upper Peninsula back to Phase 4 of the state’s reopening plan.

Whitmer downgraded the U.P.'s category after a surge of COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. It is the first region in the state to move backwards.

Outside the North Lake Correctional Facility entrance in Baldwin.
Taylor Wizner / Interlochen Public Radio

On April 21, Interlochen Public Radio reported there were nine inmates at the North Lake Correctional Facility who tested positive with COVID-19.

Since that story was published, IPR has been unable to obtain further information about the number of inmates who are sick, who have died or recovered from the disease.

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Inmates inside the North Lake Correctional Facility — an immigrant prison in Baldwin — allege conditions are so unsafe that some have been put in prolonged solitary confinement.

They further allege prison guards are segregating the facility by race, and the amount of food that they’ve been getting recently hasn’t been enough, specifically citing a lack of protein.

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Noelle Riley / Interlochen Public Radio

Health officials are worried about people traveling up north from downstate and other areas around the country to their second homes.

Many are coming to northern Michigan to hunker down as the COVID-19 disease spreads in cities throughout the United States.

Nestle Waters won't appeal Osceola Township pumping site

Feb 20, 2020
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After a years-long battle, Nestlé Waters will not get the water pumping building it wants in northern Michigan.

The company did not appeal a court decision in December, effectively stopping the bottler from being able to build on land it wasn’t zoned for.


Nestlé Waters will not get the water pumping building it wants in northern Michigan. 

The company did not appeal a court decision in December, effectively stopping the bottler from being able to build on land it wasn’t zoned for.  

Jed Jaworski

Large waves and Lake Michigan’s record high water level are breaking down the barrier that protects the historic Point Betsie Lighthouse in Frankfort.

Key parts of the structure are fractured and falling apart. Supporters of the lighthouse are trying to get repairs done. 

But Interlochen Public Radio's Taylor Wizner reports that a lengthy process may stand in the way.


The Pere Marquette River is a nationally recognized trout stream attracting anglers from all over the world.

Five years ago, hops were in high demand in Michigan, and more and more farmers started experimenting with the crop. 

Interlochen Center for the Arts
Interlochen Center for the Arts

Jeffrey Epstein, the billionaire financier accused of sex crimes against many girls, visited and donated to Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Epstein has been accused of preying on girls who aspired to be performers, although the school says they have no record of any complaints from current or former students.

Half a century ago, hundreds of pairs of piping plovers lived in the Great Lakes. But by the 1980s, they were on the verge of extinction and only a dozen pairs remained.

Over time, wildlife biologists have helped increase the population. But it’s still well below a stable number and each year there’s a new threat.


More and more school work is being done online, but some students across the country are falling behind their peers because they don’t have internet at home.