Gordon Evans

News Reporter/Producer

WMUK's Gordon Evans is an accomplished reporter and interviewer. A 1990 graduate of Michigan State, he came to WMUK from WAAM in Ann Arbor.

When President Obama visited the Detroit area on Monday (NPR story here), a small group of people from around the state met with him briefly. Among them was the city of Plainwell’s Downtown and Economic Manager Emilie Schada.

Western Michigan University officials say they plan to focus their preservation efforts on East Campus on renovating East Hall. 

Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

So-called “right to work” legislation is now on the fast track in the Michigan legislature. Governor Snyder says the state needs what is being called the “Workplace Fairness and Equality Act” to boost Michigan’s economic recovery. But Upjohn Employment Institute Senior Economist Tim Bartik says the research on “right to work” laws is inconclusive. He recently spoke with WMUK’s Gordon Evans.

Melissa Benmark / WKAR

Legislation moved in both the Michigan House and Senate Thursday to make Michigan a “right to work” state after Governor Snyder stated his support for the bills. Gongwer News Service Editor John Lindstrom told WMUK’s Gordon Evans that Snyder, who is a lawyer, laid out a legal case for supporting “right to work” legislation after saying such a law wasn’t on his agenda.Lindstrom says Snyder cited Indiana becoming a “right to work” state, and the competition between the states for jobs.

State Capitol - file photo
Melissa Benmark / WKAR

The state House Education Committee continues to work on legislation that would put an Educational Achievement Authority into statute. The proposed bills have drawn opposition from many education groups. Gongwer News Service reporter Chris Klaver told WMUK’s Gordon Evans that there is already an authority as part of an agreement between Eastern Michigan University and Detroit Public Schools. The authority is designed to improve achievement in lower-performing schools.

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