Earlene McMichael | WMUK

Earlene McMichael

Morning Edition Host

Earlene McMichael was WMUK's local host of NPR's Morning Edition from August 2012 through October 2021. 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.


All employees at Kalamazoo’s Ascension Borgess hospital will be required to get vaccinated against COVID-19 by Nov. 12th, according to a statement posted Tuesday on its website. 

Earlene McMichael | WMUK

Former longtime Kalamazoo Valley Community College President Marilyn Schlack who died Tuesday at age 85 was known for not only innovative academic programs but major economic development initiatives on her campus as well as in downtown Kalamazoo. Hear WMUK's special remembrance below. 

WMUK | Earlene McMichael

A year ago this week, George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis by police officer Derrick Chauvin, sparking protests around the world, including in Kalamazoo. WMUK’s Earlene McMichael produced a three-part series, talking to African-Americans who had concerns about whether the hundreds of white allies with whom they protested alongside would continue working for reform and racial justice once the big demonstrations died down.

Courtesy of Jermaine Jackson

Kalamazoo has a link to an African-American woman who, involuntarily, contributed to seven decades of medical breakthroughs in cancer, AIDS, polio, even the coronavirus vaccine: Jermaine Jackson is a nephew of the late Henrietta Lacks. He recently completed a traveling exhibit about her.

Courtesy of Donna Odom

During February, Earlene McMichael introduced WMUK’s audience to people making a difference in the Kalamazoo area. They are involved in areas such as theater, music, education, health and racial healing.