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Vincent Duffy

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Vincent Duffy has been news director at Michigan Radio since May 2007.

In his years  leading the Michigan Radio news room, the news team has won scores of national, regional and state awards including Murrow Awards,  Sigma Delta Chi awards, a duPont award and others. 

Duffy is the Chair of the Radio/Television/Digital News Foundation (RTDNA), the charitable arm of the world’s largest organization representing electronic journalists. He has twice been Chair of RTDNA in 2012, and 2017.

Duffy graduated from Kent State University (Kent, Ohio) with degrees in political science and telecommunications, and then toured the world as a radio journalist covering news in Australia, Switzerland and South Africa.

After returning stateside he earned a master’s degree in mass media from Miami University of Ohio while working as a reporter at WMUB in Oxford.

Duffy then had his first taste of a Big Ten school when he joined the news team at WILL at the University of Illinois as a reporter, Morning Edition host, and eventually News Director. While at the University of Illinois he also completed his doctoral coursework in communication research.

In 1997 Duffy returned to Kent State University as news director of WKSU.

In addition to his work for WKSU and NPR in Ohio, Vince hosted the weekly television news program  NewsNight Akron on PBS 45 & 49. His first television documentary, “Sharing Democracy: The Akron/Subotica Partnership”, received the prestigious Telly Award and added Serbia to the growing list of destinations Vince has traveled to cover news. Vince also produced and hosted several PBS 45 & 49 specials, political debates and documentaries.

Duffy has won seven national Edward R. Murrow awards for his radio journalism, as well as a Sigma Delta Chi award, a National Headliner award, a national Unity award, and many others.

In 2008 he added Ghana to his list of countries visited when he covered a University of Michigan delegation led by U of M President Mary Sue Coleman.

Along with his obvious love of travel, Vince enjoys playing piano, photography and martial arts. He has second degree black belts in both Tae Kwon Do and Shotokan Karate.

You can follow Vince on Twitter @vincentduffy

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A photo of Paul Mitchell from his campaign website.
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Second-term Republican Rep. Paul Mitchell of Michigan will not seek re-election to Congress in 2020.

Mitchell announced his retirement in a floor speech. He said he wants to spend more time with his family.

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Republican businessman John James of Michigan says he will challenge first-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Gary Peters in 2020 in a key state for President Donald Trump's re-election chances.

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

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University of Michigan men's basketball coach John Beilein reached a deal Sunday to coach the Cleveland Caveliers.

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After declaring one case of measles a false positive last night, the Washtenaw County Health Department says today there is now a separate confirmed case of the measles, related to international travel.

An international visitor to the University of Michigan campus, who has now returned home, was confirmed as having the measles.

This latest case is not part of the current Michigan outbreak, but a new introduction of the virus.

It brings the total number of known measles cases in Southeast Michigan to 40.

Larry Nassar

Mar 8, 2019

Two Michigan State University athletic trainers lied to police about their knowledge of sexual abuse of students by Larry Nassar, according to Michigan's licensing agency.

The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs and the Attorney General's office served administrative complaints to athletic trainers Destiny Teachnor-Hauk and Lianna Hadden for giving the false statements.

Both complaints assert that students informed the trainers about the discomfort they felt during Larry Nassar’s treatments.

Even some of Larry Nassar's victims found it hard to believe they themselves were abused. This is the story of a patient who supported him for years, despite the allegations. Hear what it took for her to finally accept the truth.

Many parents were in the room when Larry Nassar abused their daughters. They had no idea it was happening. That's because Larry didn't just manipulate his victims, he manipulated their parents, too.

Larry Nassar's world starts to fall apart in the summer of 2016, thanks to three things: a tough Michigan detective, a team of journalists in Indiana, and a homeschooling mom from Kentucky. In this episode, you'll hear Larry's facade collapse - on tape.

PRNDI: PFAS

Jan 9, 2019

Gretchen Whitmer
Whitmer for Governor

Democrat Gretchen Whitmer has become Michigan's 49th governor.

The 47-year-old former state lawmaker from East Lansing took the oath of office Tuesday in a swearing-in ceremony outside the state Capitol building.

Whitmer, Michigan's second female governor, said Michigan's problems are not partisan ones.

She said potholes, clean water, great schools and better job skills "are not political," and she pledged to be a "governor for everyone."

Gov. Rick Snyder
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Governor Snyder's wrist may hurt this evening. He signed or vetoed hundreds of bills today.

Snyder received hundreds of bills to review just before the Christmas holiday. These bills come from a busy lame duck session – and the clock is running out on Snyder’s time in office.

In a race that was too close to call Tuesday night, Elissa Slotkin has officially won in the 8th Congressional District, narrowly unseating two-term incumbent Republican Congressman Mike Bishop.

Bishop conceded defeat just after 1 a.m. Wednesday morning, although the Associated Press did not officially declare a winner until 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Emma Winowieki / Michigan Radio

Democrats got one seat closer to taking the majority in the U. S. House with Haley Stevens' victory in the 11th U.S. House District.

Stevens, of Rochester Hills, led Republican opponent Lena Epstein for most of the evening to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. David Trott (R-Birmingham).

Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow was re-elected to a fourth term, defeating Detroit businessman and Army veteran Republican John James.

Stabenow had seen the race tighten in the final days of the campaign. She faced a strong competitor in James, who would have become the second African-American Republican in the current Senate if he had won.

A Muslim woman from Detroit has won the congressional seat long held by Democratic Rep. John Conyers, who stepped down amid sexual harassment claims by former staffers.

Democrat Rashida Tlaib was elected to represent Michigan's 13th House District on Tuesday, defeating three other candidates, including a write-in campaign by Detroit's City Council president, Brenda Jones.

Democratic former Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer will be Michigan's next governor with a victory over Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette.

Whitmer will be the second woman elected as Michigan governor.

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Updated at 3:00 p.m.

The driver of a burgundy pickup truck drove into a crowd of protesters in Flint Tuesday morning. Police believe it was an accident and the male driver has not been arrested.

Eight protesters were taken to the hospital with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.  

michiganopera.org

The founder of one of Detroit’s most important cultural institutions has died. Michigan Opera Theatre founder David DiChiera was 83 years old.

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National Park Service

Support is growing for efforts to repair and restore national parks in Michigan and other states.

A pair of bipartisan bills in Congress would provide funding to address the nearly $12 billion deferred-maintenance backlog at more than 400 parks across the nation.

Rashida Tlaib for Congress / via Twitter

Former Michigan state Rep. Rashida Tlaib has won the Democratic nomination to run unopposed for the House seat long held by former Rep. John Conyers, and likely will become the first Muslim female elected to Congress.

No Republicans ran in Tuesday's District 13 primary race, meaning Tlaib is set to win the seat in November's election and begin serving a full two-year term in January.

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