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

  • Cheers! Turning beer into whiskey
    Distillers in Beer City, USA are turning beer into whiskey. Long Road Distillers in Grand Rapids has been working with (so far) four local breweries to produce some distinctive whiskeys. Look for more …
  • Artisans of Michigan: Tin Angry Men
    Cre Fuller was already at work in the garage behind his Ypsilanti house when I arrived. I had seen photos of his work online, but I was not quite ready for the display set up in the garage. It’s great …
  • Cheers! Mad scientist at Grand Rapids speakeasy SideBar
    It’s hard to find. The address is 80 Ottawa Avenue NW in Grand Rapids. But unless someone has told you about it, you probably would never realize that once you take those concrete steps down from the …
  • Artisan of Michigan: Anishinaabe black ash baskets
    Soon, the entire park-like area we’re in will echo with the sound of pounding, metal against wood. It’s nearly a ringing or gong-like sound. But first, Jeff Strand strips the bark from a black ash tre …
  • Artisans of Michigan: Zimnicki Guitars
    We've been thinking about the kind of people you might like to meet. We talk with a lot of authors, musicians, politicians and policy wonks . But, what about artisans? They're the people who …