Earlene McMichael

Morning Edition Host

  Earlene McMichael became WMUK's local host of NPR's Morning Edition in August 2012. A former, long-time Kalamazoo Gazette editor, reporter, and columnist, she was a news anchor at WHCU-FM when it was owned by Cornell University, her alma mater.

Earlene McMichael | WMUK

This is a story of when the power of social media meets the desire to do good. Jeremy Cole, 32, rescues dilapated homes in Kalamazoo County. He'd post before-and-after pictures on Facebook. One day, the licensed builder shared a light-hearted video about his restoration work. Stanley Steppes, a local independent filmmaker with whom Cole attended Kalamazoo Central High School, saw it and convinced Cole to let him do a YouTube series on him. A Detroit film production company executive was "tagged," liked it, and dreamed even bigger. His firm turned it into a show for the DIY network. Now HGTV is giving "Gritty to Pretty" a trial run this fall.


Courtesy photo | Kalamazoo College

Imagine you're alone in a new country, don't speak the language, nor understand the customs. For some urban students, they experience "culture shock" at college, says Deborah Bial, founder of The Posse Foundation. Over the last 29 years, her New York City-based program has recruited more than 8,000 promising inner-city students to attend the nation's top colleges in groups, or "posses." A four-year-long support program awaits them once there. Bial speaks Sunday, June 17, at Kalamazoo College's commencement.


Courtesy photo | Corey Harbaugh

Did you know Michigan schools must teach about genocide? A law passed in 2016 requires it. And that's a good thing, says Corey Harbaugh, an Allegan County-based school administrator who is on the Governor's Council on Genocide and Holocaust Education. He speaks Saturday in Kalamazoo. 


Earlene McMichael | WMUK

For 13 years, Pat Maye's job at the Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan was to educate the public, including Realtors and landlords, about federal housing discrimination laws. The issue was deeply personal: She says she, herself, had been discriminated against in the city of Kalamazoo. 


Courtesy photo | Garlin Gilchrist II

Facebook may have been called to task for fake news and breaches of personal data, but it's the job of all stakeholders in the digital "ecosystem"--from users to advertisers to media companies--to act responsibly in cyberspace, says Garlin Gilchrist II, a headliner at the Kalamazoo Social Media Week Conference starting Monday.


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