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!
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”
Chenita Anderson is Michigan Radio’s Development Accounts Receivable Clerk Associate.
Her duties include collecting past-due pledge payments from donors and help to ensure the integrity of the auto payment program for Michigan Radio’s membership department.
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 MichiganRadio.org 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 Auchtoon.com. Continue reading “John Auchter | Contributor, Auchter’s Art”
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 Explosion. Continue reading “John U. Bacon | Essay / Analysis, Sports Commentator”
Hannah is a 2018 graduate of the University of Michigan where she studied Communications & Jazz Piano. Michigan Radio was “the soundtrack to her childhood” and became her main source of news and conversation-starters with her family from a young age.
Hannah is joining the Corporate Support team, where she plans to garner support for her favorite radio station. When she’s not at work, Hannah is performing with her jazz group, “Hannah Baiardi & Friends” in the Detroit/Ann Arbor area. She enjoys composing, writing and practicing mindfulness meditation every night upon her purple zafu.
Scott Baker comes to to Michigan with five years experience in the nonprofit field. As an information systems manager for the United Way, Scott worked with campaign staff, donors, and agencies-including U of M.
His duties included managing CRM systems, working with donor data, and creating ad hoc campaign reports. Continue reading “Scott Baker | Data Manager”
Mike Blank is a producer and editor for Stateside. Inspired by a story on a bag of Uncle Ray’s potato chips, Blank created the satire segment “A Minute with Mike” which can be heard on Stateside. Continue reading “Mike Blank | Producer”
Rusty Brach is the systems administrator for Michigan Radio which is a fancy name for an all-purpose computer and networking guy.
Since 2005, he has provided computer support for staff members, maintained and expanded the local network, installed and repaired numerous servers and workstations, and performed various web-related duties.
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.