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.

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."

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.


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

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

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.”

Lou Anna Simon
MiSpartan Impact / Flickr - http://j.mp/1SPGCl0

Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon has resigned.

In a letter sent to the MSU Board of Trustees Wednesday night, Simon described her commitment to putting MSU first.

Nassar in court.
Kate Wells / Michigan Radio

Dr. Larry Nassar, a former athletic doctor at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison today.  He pled guilty to seven counts of sexual assault in Ingham County court last November.

Last summer Nassar also pled guilty to federal charges for possessing thousands of images of child pornography. More than 120 women and girls tell MSU police that Nassar sexually abused them under the guise of treatment.

Nassar was fired from MSU in September 2016. The university has hired attorneys to investigate who knew what about the allegations against Nassar.

MSU says it has no plans to release that internal review.

Meanwhile, lawsuits against Nassar and the university allege that MSU officials have been receiving reports of abuse since 1999.

Matti Larson
Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

Larry Nassar's sentencing stretched into a full week Tuesday, with around 150 women and girls giving emotional statements and more to come.

Bailey Lorencen hugs Rachel Denhollander
Cheyna Roth / Michigan Radio

One week ago, state prosecutor Angela Polivaitis announced that 88 women and girls would give victim impact statements in the sentencing hearing of disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar.

Now the prosecution says that number has risen to 144, and more may decide to speak before the sentence is announced this week.

Aly Raisman
Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

The executive leaders of the USA Gymnastics Board of Directors, including Chairman Paul Parilla, tendered their resignation, the organization announced Monday.

Aly Raisman
Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

Today is the fourth day of a sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar, the former Michigan State University sports doctor charged with sexually assaulting young girls and women under the guise of medical treatment.

MSU President Lou Anna Simon
File photo / MSU

The entire leadership of the state Legislature has now called for Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon to resign or be removed in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal.

Richard Spencer
User V@S / Flickr - http://j.mp/1SPGCl0

Richard Spencer, leader of the white supremacist National Policy Institute, will be allowed to speak at Michigan State University after all.

Spencer submitted a request to speak at MSU last summer, which the university initially agreed to. But after the request went public, the public outrage lead Michigan State to reverse its decision.

Detroit skyline
City of Detroit

Amazon announced the 20 finalists for its second headquarters Thursday morning, and a grand total of zero Michigan cities made the cut.

Detroit and Grand Rapids were the only Michigan cities to submit bids to the company, which promises to invest $5 billion in the project and create up 50,000 jobs. Amazon says a total of 238 proposals from the U.S., Mexico, and Canada were submitted.

Governor Rick Snyder called the news disappointing, but added, "As a state, we will continue to pursue these types of valuable opportunities for our talented workforce."

Kyle Stephens
Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

For hours, they kept stepping before the court, one after another, more than two dozen women and girls speaking directly to the man who sexually abused them as children.

“I’ve been coming for you for a long time,” Kyle Stephens told Larry Nassar, her mother crying beside her.

The 2018 Honda Accord

The big winners of the annual Detroit International Auto Show are here.

It was announced Monday morning that the Honda Accord was voted Car of the Year, the Volvo XC60 Utility of the Year, and the Lincoln Navigator Truck of the Year.

The winners were voted on by a panel of more than 60 jurors, who made their picks based on "segment leadership, innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar."

Snowshoeing in northern Michigan
Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

In case you hadn't noticed, it is very, very cold outside. In fact, the past two weeks in Michigan have seen temperatures lower than in Iceland, most of Alaska, and even some parts of Antarctica.

Cold weather isn’t exactly unusual in Michigan, but with low temperatures once again hitting the single (and negative) digits, I wanted to know: are these frigid winters the new normal?

Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

Sometimes, 2017 felt a bit overwhelming. Luckily, we found some stories that will brighten everyone’s year.

Here are some of the most popular uplifting stories from 2017: