Radio interviews

During my time at the Battle Creek Enquirer, I worked with WMUK Radio, Western Michigan University’s public radio station and a charter member of NPR. With other members of the media, I interviewed politicians during half-hour shows and spoke with the radio’s reporters during live broadcasts to discuss stories I covered in the Battle Creek area.

WestSouthwest: State House Speaker Jase Bolger — With WMUK’s Gordon Evans and the Kalamazoo Gazette’s Alex Mitchell, I sat down with Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger just days after an Ingham County Judge found no evidence of criminal activity related to a party-switch last year.

Battle Creek officials use workforce development as tool for luring business — I spoke with Evans about my ongoing reporting on the efforts by Battle Creek’s economic development leaders to build workforce development programs. As manufacturing jobs becoming increasingly technologically-savvy, they say, employees must stay up-to-date on the constantly-changing skill set required by jobs in the Fort Custer Industrial Park.

Battle Creek city manager resigns, questions remain — Ken Tsuchiyama’s sudden retirement came after months of tensions with some commissioners, allegations of mishandlings within departments and a mixed performance review.

WestSouthwest: Governor Rick Snyder — Amid Detroit’s financial woes and the announcement of a Democratic challenger in 2014, we spoke with Gov. Snyder about his possible re-election campaign, government consolidation and Michigan’s other pressing issues.

WestSouthwest: Mark Schauer running for governor — Sitting down again with Evans and Mitchell, we interviewed gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer. Schauer, a former Democratic congressman, plans to challenge Gov. Rick Snyder in 2014. We pressed Schauer on issues such as education, medical marijuana and environmental issues.

Election 2013: Battle Creek City Commission — I spoke with Evans during a live interview to discuss the 18 candidates seeking one of the nine seats on the Battle Creek City Commission. The election came at a time when the commission’s relationship with the city manager’s office was tense, as a series of drunken-driving incidents that involved off-duty Battle Creek police officers sparked disagreements among city leaders.

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