Paulette Parker

Paulette is a blogger for Michigan Radio's State of Opportunity project, which looks at kids from low-income families and what it takes to get them ahead. She previously interned as a reporter in the Michigan Radio newsroom.

Before working at Michigan Radio, she was the news editor of The Washtenaw Voice at Washtenaw Community College. She has an associate degree in journalism from WCC. And she is currently a junior at Eastern Michigan University, pursuing a bachelor's degree in media studies and journalism.

When she isn't working she is spending time with her husband and two young daughters.

When was the first time you decided to flip the script on all the negative stuff you were programmed to believe about yourself?

Take Virgie Tovar, for example. She is a body image activist and the author of the forthcoming book, "The Self-Love Revolution: Radical Body Positivity for Girls of Color." She also wrote the book, “You Have The Right To Remain Fat." 

How do you decide when it’s the right time to say something or stay silent?

The University of Michigan saw an increase in the number of sexual assaults reported on campus in 2018.

That's according to its Clery crime statistics report released this week.

The school reported 45 rapes in 2018 -- up from the 18 cases reported in 2017.

Heather Young is with the University's Division of Public Safety and Security.

A Democratic congresswoman from Michigan whose call for President Donald Trump's impeachment helped push House leadership toward launching formal proceedings is being challenged for her seat.

Nikki Snyder, a member of the state Board of Education, announced Tuesday she plans to run as a Republican in 2020 against Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly).

Two Michigan members of Congress are under review by the U.S. House Committee on Ethics for complaints of allegedly misusing campaign funds.

The House panel announced Monday that it is reviewing the allegations against U.S. Representatives Bill Huizenga (R-Zeeland) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit).

The state health department is considering the use of pesticides in areas that are affected by Eastern Equine Encephalitis, also known as Triple-E. It's a mosquito-borne virus that can be fatal for people.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has reached out to local health officials in areas affected by the virus.

The federal government is launching a new study to examine the link between drinking water contaminated with industrial chemicals called PFAS and health outcomes.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry announced the start of the health study this week.

The agencies are giving grants to several institutions around the country to study PFAS exposure.

An ex-police officer fired after a Ku Klux Klan document and Confederate flags were found in his home says in a report that they were part of his collection of antiques.

An investigation into Charles Anderson was launched after a potential home buyer, who is black, reported seeing a blank KKK application hanging in his home.

Robert Mathis and his wife, Reyna Mathis, toured the home and were later interviewed.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan has outlined a program to the City Council to eliminate residential blight from all Detroit neighborhoods by mid-2025.

Duggan has proposed asking voters to give the city authority to sell up to $250 million in bonds.

A final report released Thursday by the Michigan Trial Court Funding Commission calls Michigan's court funding system "broken."

The report finds criminal defendants are charged more than 418 million dollars in fines and fees each year.

Legislation that would ease monthly reporting rules for Healthy Michigan enrollees is headed to Governor Whitmer’s desk.

The state Senate gave final approval Wednesday to the bipartisan plan from Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) and Senator Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D-East Lansing). 

A federal judge ruled last week that the government's terror watch list violates the constitutional rights of those placed on it.

The list contains more than one million people identified as "known or suspected terrorists."

Visitors to any of the 22 branches in the Detroit Public Library system will no longer be charged fines for overdue items. The new policy also clears all past overdue fines.

“What it really does is go back to the initial purpose of the library, which is to provide access,” said DPL spokeswoman Katie Dowgiewicz.

She says the change does not eliminate fees for lost or damaged items.

Michigan drivers who fail to stop for a school bus displaying its stop sign could face harsher penalties under new bills in the state Legislature.

Senate Bill 472 and House Bill 4867 were recently introduced by Senator Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D-East Lansing) and Representative Kevin Hertel (D-St. Clair Shores).

Senator Hertel says currently, drivers who ignore school bus signals are fined $100 for their first offense.

Results for the 2019 M-STEP were released Thursday.

That's the statewide test designed to gauge how well students are mastering state standards. It tests students in grades 3-8 in English Language Arts and math.

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