Adam Rayes | Stateside Production Assistant

20-year-old Adam Rayes, a current stateside production intern, will finish his bachelor’s degree in journalism at Western Michigan University after just three years in April 2019. He fell in love with journalism during his last semester of high school when he was given the opportunity to dual-enroll at the nearby Monroe County Community College and work at it’s newspaper.  Adam has worked as a journalist and editor for numerous publications in West Michigan, while also working as a resident assistant and writing tutor at WMU. Investigative journalism interests him greatly and he hopes to find ways to learn how to do it. He loves talking about TV (especially Mr. Robot, Brooklyn 99 and GoT) but, more importantly, he also is trying to broaden his horizons, so feel free to hit him up with all of your favorite media!

Katie Raymond | Stateside Production Assistant

Katie is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan, where she studied Art & Design with an emphasis in Photography. She developed a keen and observant eye early on while looking for Petoskey stones in her hometown, along the shores of Lake Michigan. Her goal, as a maker and a human, is to establish relationships with people and enhance the art of storytelling. At Michigan Radio she would like to apply her visual eye to the art of audio storytelling, while also using differing social media platforms to promote Michigan stories. 

Kathy Agosta | Corporate Sponsorship Director

Kathy Agosta has been a development/marketing professional in public broadcasting for over 30 years.

Prior to joining Michigan Radio as Corporate Sponsorship Director, Agosta was Senior Director of Corporate and Foundations Affairs at Chicago Public Radio where she directed local and national corporate sponsorship and foundation activities. Continue reading “Kathy Agosta | Corporate Sponsorship Director”

John Auchter | Contributor, Auchter’s Art

Since 1995 John has created Michigan-based editorial cartoons for the Grand Rapids Business Journal, the Grand Rapids Press, and MLive Newspapers. His cartoons are currently featured at and are syndicated to newspapers through the Michigan Press Association. John is an active member of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. You can view an archive of his editorial work and other cartoons at Continue reading “John Auchter | Contributor, Auchter’s Art”

John U. Bacon | Essay / Analysis, Sports Commentator

John U. Bacon has worked nearly three decades as a writer, a public speaker, and a college instructor, winning awards for all three.

Bacon earned an honors degree in history (“pre-unemployment”) from the University of Michigan in 1986, and a Master’s in Education in 1994. In 2005-06, the Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship named him the first recipient of the Benny Friedman Fellowship for Sports Journalism.

He has authored ten books on sports, business, health, and history, the last six of which are national bestsellers, including Bo’s Lasting Lessons, Endzone, and The Great Halifax ExplosionContinue reading “John U. Bacon | Essay / Analysis, Sports Commentator”

Mark Brush | In Memoriam

Mark Brush was Michigan Radio’s Digital Media Director. He began working at Michigan Radio in 1998 as a part-time production assistant. He went on to become co-manager of the Great Lakes Radio Consortium, an environmental news service for public radio stations. After GLRC changed its name to The Environment Report, he helped expand it to a daily news service that at its peak aired on 125 stations. He became the station’s first Digital Media Director in 2016 and in that role helped oversee the station’s digital strategy and moved the station toward publishing more online-first stories.

His many awards for his work at Michigan Radio included the station’s first regional Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative journalism, and numerous honors he shared with other reporters for coverage of the Flint water crisis.

Mark succumbed to a year-long battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer, in March, 2018. He was 49 years old.

Mark was a beloved member of the Michigan Radio team and played a vital part in the work we do. You can find recollections of Mark from our staff here. You can also find examples of some of Mark’s memorable stories here.

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