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.

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It's that time of year, time when outdoor farmers markets reopen, when you may be asked to send a dish to your child's end-of-school year celebration, when you might have to volunteer at your service group's or house of worship's spaghetti dinner fundraiser or the like. Or, maybe it's your turn to make Easter dinner for the relatives. Whatever the reason you find yourself making loads of food for others, do you know how to prepare it safely? A class is planned Thursday for everyday citizens and civic groups to learn.

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Black women are the fastest growing group of business owners, says a new report. From 2007 to 2018, black female-led businesses grew by 164 percent as compared to 58 percent overall for all women businesses for the same period. The Kalamazoo area is also seeing a spike. It's leading to the creation of new groups, workshops and conferences to provide opportunities for skill-building, support and financing for black and other women entrepreneurs of color. 

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Did you know black women are the fastest growing group of business owners? From 2007 to 2018, black female-led businesses grew by 164 percent, says a new report. To appreciate the magnitude of the growth, consider that, overall, the number of women businesses rose 58 percent for the same period. Yet, things like this happen: Nicole Parker says a professor once discouraged her from focusing on black female entrepreneurship for her master's degree research. Undeterred, Nicole Parker and three of her sisters decided to form Sisters in Business.

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Learn how free showings of the award-winning romantic comedy "Keep the Change" about a couple with autism is being used by Disability Network Southwest Michigan as part of a lunchtime discussion and film series to encourage more inclusive environments. Screenings are in Kalamazoo (March 18), Battle Creek (March 26), and St. Joseph (March 27). All showtimes are 11:30 a.m.

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Who doesn't like movies? That's what Disability Network Southwest Michigan is banking on. For three months, it's showing critically-acclaimed films for free, over lunch, in Kalamazoo, Battle Creek and St. Joseph. The movie for March is "Keep the Change," a romantic comedy about a couple with autism. What's ground-breaking about this film is its leads, in fact, have autism in real life. The first screening is March 18 at the Disability Network's downtown Kalamazoo office.