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Emma Winowiecki

Multimedia Producer/Reporter

Emma is a producer and reporter for the digital news team at Michigan Radio. Her duties span all things web-related, from reporting news online to producing videos to creating maps and graphics for other reporters. A native of northern Michigan, Emma is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan, with a dual degree in Communication Studies and Film Studies. As such, she is a movie and TV junkie, and is always up for a game of trivia. Her other passions include reading, cooking, and taking too many pictures of her golden retriever, Gus.

Larry Nassar
Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

Michigan State University has reached a global settlement of $500 million dollars with the 332 survivors of former sports doctor Larry Nassar.

Belmont Tower at MSU
Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

This week, a Michigan State University trustee called for a "new day" at the school: A change of culture that apologizes, admits failure, and offers justice instead of the institution positioning itself defensively.

That statement by MSU trustee Brian Mosallam comes during continuing fallout connected with the scandal of former MSU doctor Larry Nassar sexually assaulting many girls and young women and insisting it was a medical treatment.

Richard Phillips (left) and David Moran (right)
Cynthia Canty / Michigan Radio

 

Here is a story of murder, of injustice that took decades to correct, and of forgiveness.

Imagine yourself going about your life, when, suddenly, you're accused of murder. And nobody believes you when you say, "I didn't do it!" 

You're convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life without parole. 

State superintendent Brian Whiston
Dearborn Public Schools

The Michigan Department of Education has announced that State Superintendent Brian Whiston passed away Monday night at the age of 56.

Whiston was appointed to the position in April 2015, and went on long-term disability leave less than a week before his death. His previous positions included Superintendent of Dearborn Public Schools and Treasurer and President-Elect of the Michigan Parent Teacher Student Association.

marijuana bud
Pixabay

The Michigan Board of Canvassers approved a petition Thursday to place an initiative on the state’s November ballot that would legalize marijuana possession and consumption for all adults 21 years and older.

The board ruled that the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol collected 277,370 valid signatures, more than the 252,523 signatures needed to make the ballot.

Flint river
Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

"After a brief delay, the city of Flint will finally start getting its drinking water exclusively from the Flint River starting this afternoon." 

Four years ago, on April 25, 2014, Michigan Radio reported that Flint had officially switched its water from Detroit to the Flint River.

Three months later, complaints about the city's water quality began to escalate.

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

More than 100 Brighton homes will be tested for the cancer-causing chemical trichloroethylene (TCE), according to state officials. 

University of Michigan students wait for a bus
The University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy / FLICKR - http://bit.ly/1f2P1w6

In January, the University of Michigan’s Central Student Government (CSG) released their anticipated “Campus Affordability Guide.” The guide was meant to help lower income students save money.

Some of the advice included canceling cleaning or laundry services, selling your car for some extra cash, and buying fewer snacks.

A diver inspects Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac for a possible dent.
Enbridge inspection video shared with the state of Michigan

Three small dents in Enbridge Energy's Line 5 pipeline are likely from the same vessel that caused damage to electrical cables in the Straits of Mackinac.

Enbridge told the state late Tuesday night that the damage poses no threat to the pipeline, although a previous independent analysis listed anchor damage as one of the largest risks to the line.

Michigan Sheriffs' Association

State legislators have modified a set of bills on driver's licenses and state IDs after complaints by immigrant rights' groups.

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee removed a section of the bills Tuesday that immigrant advocates said would lead to confusion and racial profiling.

A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit that challenged Governor Snyder’s plans to hold a special election to fill ex-Congressman John Conyers’ vacant seat.

The special election to fill the seat left open by Conyers will take place as planned by Governor Rick Snyder, meaning the 13th District will be without a congressional representative for 11 months.

Soon after Conyers stepped down in December, Snyder announced plans to hold special elections to replace him on the same days as regularly-scheduled primary and general elections in 2018.

Karen Spranger
Sarah Cwiek / Michigan Radio

Karen Spranger is no longer the Macomb County Clerk and Register of Deeds.

A judge ruled Tuesday that Spranger was not legally elected, and therefore can no longer serve in the position she has held since 2016. The decision is effective immediately.

Michigan State University sign
Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

Dr. William Strampel, Larry Nassar's boss and former Michigan State University medical school dean, was arrested and booked into the Ingham County Jail Monday night.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement - or ICE - agents
U.S. Air Force / Creative Commons / http://j.mp/1SPGCl0

Deportations and arrests of undocumented immigrants without criminal records soared in President Donald Trump's first year of office.

The Detroit Free Press analyzed data from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S Border Patrol (USBP), and found a significant increase in the deportations and arrests of non-criminal immigrants.

Kayla Ford
Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

All across the country, students and some teachers stood up at 10 a.m., walked out of their classrooms, and spent the next 17 minutes honoring the 17 people killed in the Parkland, Florida high school shooting.

Many schools in Michigan took part in this national school walkout, demanding action from lawmakers on school safety and guns.

Suka the polar bear
Henry Vilas Zoo

Sometimes you just need to look at cute animals to start your week off right. Luckily for us, the Detroit Zoo gained a fuzzy new resident this week!

Suka is a five year old polar bear. She was sent to the Detroit Zoo from her previous home at the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, Wisconsin. 

Talini, the female polar bear that was born at the zoo in 2004, has been moved to the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.

Grand Valley State University

Grand Valley State University announced Wednesday that its president, Thomas J. Haas, plans to retire in 2019.

Haas became the fourth president of the university in 2006. Since then, Grand Valley has grown considerably, adding 30 undergraduate programs and 16 graduate programs. With over 25,000 students, it's now the fourth largest university in Michigan.

Michigan State University sign
Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

Another investigation into Michigan State University has been opened. 

The U.S. Department of Education announced Monday that a new Title IX investigation will look at how the university handled sexual assault complaints against former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar.

Joshua Johnson in the Michigan Radio studios.
Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

Michigan Radio and Wallace House welcome Joshua Johnson, host of NPR's "1A" to Ann Arbor for a special live event. Joshua and his panel of guests will examine the first amendment, free speech and what it means in a divided America.

Pyeongchang Olympic torch
Andy Miah / Flickr - http://j.mp/1SPGCl0

With the weather our state is facing this weekend, it’s unsurprising that Michigan is well-represented at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. 

Michigan State University

Michigan State University Interim President John Engler has requested that Dr. William Strampel be stripped of his tenure.

Strampel is currently on medical leave, after stepping down as dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine in December. He was Dr. Larry Nassar's boss and did not enforce the protocols that were enforced the 2014 Title IX investigation cleared the former sports doctor of wrongdoing. 

Belmont Tower at MSU
Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

For nearly 20 years, Larry Nassar was able to sexually abuse hundreds of women and girls thanks to his reputation as a respected sports doctor at Michigan State University.

Larry Nassar
Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

Larry Nassar was sentenced Monday to 40-125 years in Eaton County Circuit Court.

The former sports doctor pled guilty to three counts of first degree criminal sexual assault. That's in addition to seven counts in Ingham County, for which he was sentenced to 40-175 years.

The sentences in Eaton and Ingham are separate, but will be served concurrently, if Nassar survives the 60 years he is set to spend in federal prison for child pornography.

The father of survivor Katie Black weeps as his daughter speaks.
Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

The second day of the Larry Nassar sentencing in Eaton County got off to a turbulent start when an angry father of three victims lunged at the former sports doctor.

After a brief break to calm the chaos, Judge Janice Cunningham addressed the nervous crowd:

"This is such a unique case that involves hundreds of victims, and therefore hundreds of family members, brothers, sisters, spouses, friends. And to have watched the pain and the suffering of what loved ones have gone through is [unimaginable]...So if it is hard and difficult for me to hear what [Randall Margraves'] daughters have to say, I can't imagine what it is like for a parent."

Tamekia Ashford / Detroit Health Department

The Abdul El-Sayed campaign for governor is alleging that there are racist motivations behind questioning whether he is eligible for office because he lived outside the state and was registered to vote in another state.

https://www.michiganstateuniversityonline.com/about/michigan-state/

Attorney General Bill Schuette is looking for information on the Larry Nassar case at Michigan State University.

The attorney general said in a press release Friday afternoon that tips will be accepted through a hotline and an online form. 

Schuette announced his investigation into MSU on January 27. He promised that  his department "and this investigation will find out who knew what, and when" at Michigan State.

Larry Nassar
Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

Larry Nassar is back in a Michigan courtroom this week, as he faces another lengthy sentencing hearing.

Former Governor John Engler
WikiCommons

Former Governor John Engler will named as the interim president at Michigan State University.

Michigan Radio has confirmed that the MSU Board of Trustees will vote to appoint Engler on Wednesday.

Engler takes on the post at a difficult time for the university as it reels from the fallout of the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal.

Multiple investigations of the university are underway, including by Attorney General Bill Schuette and the NCAA.

shelves of liquor
WikiCommons

I briefly lived above a liquor store when I was an undergrad, and on my 21st birthday, it was my first stop.

Being newly-21, I was instantly overwhelmed by the choices that sat behind the counter. So when the owner asked me what I wanted, I panicked and just asked for “whatever’s cheapest” (the default answer of all college students).

Morgan McCaul
Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

“But alas, Larry, you are merely a symptom of a sickness which plagues the very core of Michigan State University, threatening every little girl who steps foot on that campus. A culture of sexual abuse, and the perverse, deliberate inaction to hold predators accountable.”

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