Kate Wells

Kate Wells is a Peabody Award-winning journalist and co-host of the Michigan Radio and NPR podcast Believed. The series was widely ranked among the best of the year, drawing millions of downloads and numerous awards. She and co-host Lindsey Smith received the prestigious Livingston Award for Young Journalists. Judges described their work as "a haunting and multifaceted account of U.S.A. Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar’s belated arrest and an intimate look at how an army of women – a detective, a prosecutor and survivors – brought down the serial sex offender."

Wells and her family live in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

After two months of trying to negotiate an interview between the Michigan attorney general’s office and former interim MSU President John Engler, things hit the fan on Tuesday.

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand keeps it simple.

“I’m going to give you just two minutes on why I’m going to win, and then you can ask me any question you want,” Gillibrand told a crowd of about 200 mostly white, suburban Democratic voters in Metro Detroit Monday night.

At least 60 homes and businesses are damaged after two tornadoes swept through mid-Michigan Thursday night.

No injuries have been reported. The tornadoes touched down near Vernon in Shiawassee County around 7 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Nestled among the Starbucks and CVS pharmacies on Greenfield Road and Ten Mile in Southfield and Oak Park are clusters of Orthodox synagogues, and Hebrew schools. 

There are delis and other other Jewish-owned businesses.

So it sure seems like the Israeli citizen, who was visiting after catching measles in New York, did his best to visit a lot of them, including a kosher grocery store, a yeshiva, and Congregation Yagdil Torah, where I meet David Shapero.

There was the case where the student called his teacher the b-word on Facebook. The school was threatening to not only suspend the student, but also discipline anybody who "liked" the post with detention. The student wanted to know: What are my rights here?

Or take the case where a school’s basketball team crushed its rival, only to have one of its own students tweet this sensitive gem:

The preliminary hearing for Barry Cadden and Glenn Chin begins today in district court in Livingston County. The two men are accused of second-degree murder for their roles in a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak caused by tainted medications that killed dozens of people across the country, including 23 in Michigan. 

Michigan State University says the public doesn’t need to worry about the 6,000 documents the school’s withholding from investigators in the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case.

Emma Dale was a freshman reporter, covering the student government beat at Central Michigan University in 2016, when she got wind of a story:  the student body president, Ian Elliott, was abruptly resigning.

 

State Attorney General Dana Nessel says she's committed to investigating Michigan State University's role in Larry Nassar's serial sexual abuse. 

Nessel says comments from a spokesperson in her office that the investigation was suspended were "inadvertently misleading."

Michigan State University "screwed up" its investigation into Larry Nassar in 2014 - perhaps even intentionally - and former president Lou Anna Simon lied to police to cover it up, state attorneys argued Tuesday.

One year after resigning because of the Larry Nassar scandal, Michigan State University’s former president, Lou Anna Simon, is heading back to court Tuesday. She’s facing four charges of lying to the police about her knowledge of the Nassar case.

 

Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse.

On Wednesday, Michigan State University released a scathing investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Education. Bottom line, the report says the university repeatedly violated a federal law known as the Clery Act, which requires schools to inform the public about safety issues on campus.

Satish Udpa, Michigan State University’s Executive Vice President for Administration and a former Dean of the College of Engineering, will man the helm at MSU as the new interim president.

The Board of Trustees announced Udpa as their pick Thursday morning, hours after former interim President John Engler resigned Wednesday night

They say timing is everything.

Just last week, Michigan State University Trustee Dianne Byrum seemed resigned to Interim President John Engler sticking around until a new, permanent president is hired this summer.

John Engler has resigned as Michigan State University's interim president, nearly one year after taking the job. Engler sent his letter of resignation to Board of Trustees chair Dianne Byrum Thursday evening. 

"This evening I received a letter of resignation from John Engler and this will be discussed and acted upon at the BOT meeting tomorrow morning," Byrum said on Twitter. 

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