Jodi Westrick

Jodi is Michigan Radio's social media producer, working to connect listeners to the station across a variety of digital platforms. If you’re chatting with someone on Michigan Radio's Facebook, Twitter, Instagram… it’s likely her. Beyond just posting to these streams, Jodi works with reporters, hosts and others across the newsroom to present stories to fans in an engaging way, ensuring they're even further engaged in the great reporting Michigan Radio does.

A Michigan-native, Jodi previously spent time in Washington, D.C.,  working as a digital media producer for Animal Planet and The Washington Post. She's a graduate of Hillsdale College, and holds a Masters in Journalism from American University. In her free time, she enjoys playing softball, reading, photography, watching funny animal videos, and sharing photos and stories about her two rescue cats, Otis and Etta.

With a chill in the air, seasonal gourds decorating doorsteps, and candy lining store shelves — all signs are pointing to the fact that it's nearly Halloween. And what better way to celebrate than listening to chilling tales — both real and mythical — about our beloved state?

On Tuesday morning, a Michigan judge rejected a request to keep a 14-year-old boy on life support so his family could find another hospital. Washtenaw County Judge David Swartz said he had no power to intervene, although he understood the family's "heartbreak."

Following the decision, C.S. Mott Children's Hospital conducted a second brain death examination on Bobby Reyes of Monroe County late Tuesday morning, according to a statement from Michigan Medicine. As his family gathered in his room, mechanical ventilation was discontinued, and Reyes was pronounced dead.

Twelve candidates take the stage for October's Democratic primary debate, which begins at 8 p.m. ET. Follow NPR's live coverage for real-time fact checks and analysis of their remarks.

Tests confirm two Mexican gray wolf pups at southern Michigan zoo have died of a rare mosquito-borne virus as health officials work to curb the spread of the virus in people and animals.

Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek says results received this week confirm the pups that died in early September were killed by Eastern equine encephalitis, which is also known as Triple-E. The two wolves were part of a litter born June 14 to a breeding pair of wolves at the zoo. The one wolf pup who survived appears healthy and is being monitored along with her parents. 

September's Democratic presidential debate has been narrowed to one night only, as more candidates have called it quits altogether.

A bill just introduced in the Michigan House is aimed at cracking down on the prescription of fake emotional support animals.

Michigan Radio is seeking a sales executive who has the talent to create demand for underwriting revenue with local business leaders and organizations throughout the state of Michigan. We are in search of a motivated self-starter who has sales and media experience plus, a sincere passion for public radio!

Stateside Host

Aug 19, 2019

Michigan Radio, the state’s largest and most listened-to NPR news station, is looking for a new host for its flagship daily news magazine Stateside. This is a rare opportunity to be the voice of a program that has become destination listening for Michiganders across the state.

All this week, Michigan Radio's Environment Report will be focusing on climate change and how it's already affecting us in the state of Michigan, and what's expected to change in the future. It's a huge crisis we face now — and that generations to come will face — and it will affect every aspect of our lives, from what we eat, to how we travel, to how we live inside our homes.

WVGR 104.1 in Grand Rapids will be at reduced power and off the air for periods of time from August 12 to August 18 for tower maintenance. The tower is being painted in accordance with FAA and FCC regulations. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Last November, Michigan voters approved Proposal One, which legalized recreational marijuana across the state. In Tuesday's election, three communities voted on whether or not to allow marijuana businesses, after nearly 600 communities across the state exercised their right to opt out of those businesses. 

It's the second and final of the July Democratic debates. The second set of 10 candidates is making their case as to why they should be the next president of the United States. Follow NPR's live coverage for real-time fact checks and analysis of their remarks.

A state agency is supporting infrastructure upgrades and a public awareness campaign to boost recycling in Michigan.

The Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy announced more than $1.3 million in grants Monday to help Emmet County improve recycling technology and Kalkaska-based American Waste buy fiber equipment to produce higher-quality mixed paper recycling products.

It's Night 1 of the July Democratic debates. Ten candidates are each making the case that they should be the next president of the United States. Follow NPR's live coverage for real-time fact checks and analysis of their remarks. 

Former special counsel Robert Mueller is appeared in two separate hearings before the House judiciary and intelligence committees. Though Mueller has said his report on Russian interference in the 2016 election is his testimony, lawmakers have insisted that he testify in person. 

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