Lester Graham | Reporter/Host of Stateside

Lester Graham splits his time between hosting Stateside (Fridays) and reporting for the Detroit Journalism Cooperative (DJC). He was formerly the Senior Editor of The Environment Report, the environmental news service based at Michigan Radio, starting with the service in 1998.

He has been a journalist since 1985. Graham has served as a board member of the Public Radio News Directors Inc., and also served as President of the Illinois News Broadcasters Association. He is a member of the Radio-Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), Society of Professional Journalists and other professional groups.

Lester has received more than 100 awards at the state, regional, national and international levels for journalistic excellence, including four RTDNA Edward R. Murrow awards, two of them at the network level.

Contributions from Lester Graham

  • Wind generation picking up in Michigan despite some local opposition
    Wind energy became popular because it can reduce the need for polluting coal and gas generated electricity. But, things are shifting now. “The primary driver is economics,” said Stanley “Skip” Pruss w …
  • Newspapers struggling with a Trump tariff on newsprint
    New tariffs are putting some Michigan newspapers and printers at risk of going out of business. There’s more than a little irony in the fact that a state which built paper mills all over, no longer ma …
  • Using green infrastructure to reduce flooding
    How can cities reduce flooding caused by increasingly intense rain storms? More often, it's flooding in areas not known for a lot of flooding in the past. That happened in Detroit in 2014. It cau …
  • Lake bacteria can kill your dog
    What happens if your dog likes to swim in the lake, but there might be toxins in the water? It can happen in a local lake or somewhere like the western basin of Lake Erie. Toxin-producing cyanobacteri …
  • Artisans of Michigan: the beat of a different drum
    Eric Sooy is showing me some of his percussion skills on a snare drum. He made that drum. Sooy is the president and founder of Black Swamp Percussion in Zeeland, Michigan. His company makes percussion …