Kimberly Springer

Social Media Producer

Kimberly is Social Media Producer for Michigan Radio. She's in charge of harmonizing members' and listeners' online and offline experience. After several years of university teaching, Kimberly returned to UM's School of Information for a master's of science degree specializing in social computing, digital engagement, and archival science. She's interested in working with public radio stations and journalists to make optimal use of their archival sound. Her public radio experience includes producing an award-winning series on social activism, The Good Fight, and script writing for the Peabody award-winning series, Will the Circle Be Unbroken. She does have a plan for zombie apocalypse, but she won't tell you what it is. 


Ways to Connect

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We asked you on Facebook. We went outside the studio (*gasp*) and asked people in the street. You tweeted us on Twitter. You told us 70 experiences every Michigander should have at least once. 

These are in no particular order...except to note Sleeping Bear Dunes was, hands down, the most popular response.

Photo courtesy Russ Dotson

You've heard it before: "Thank you for your service." Maybe you've even said it.

Veterans hear it a lot. And what we've heard from talking with veterans across the Armed Forces is that there's nothing wrong with being thanked. But then the conversation stalls.

Reactions are coming in from across Michigan to the Supreme Court's ruling that same-sex marriage is now legal throughout the U.S. 

We'll update this page with reactions.

Do you have something to say about the reactions? Tell us on our Facebook page, tweet us, or share your photos with us on Instagram.

"Words mean things."

Our favorite podcasters, Crissle and Kid Fury of The Read, are fond of saying that.

It's true now more than ever, but particularly when it comes to tough conversations. 

Americans, in person and online, are discussing race and racism.

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When we started The Next Idea our intention was to gather Michigan's best and brightest minds to have conversations about innovations that can move Michigan forward.

We're defining "innovation" broadly because it can come from different industries and be applied to different aspects of our lives. Business, education, and social issues are all topics that our essayists have explored in the first six months of this ground-breaking opinion project. 

In this Let's Review session, your podcast co-hosts Kim and Jenn get at the heart of a listener question about the proliferation of black leads on TV.

Are we seeing a new era in black representation on TV? What's happening behind-the-scenes? Is there progress there?

Spoiler alert: nope.


But that doesn't stop us from having a great, informative conversation.



At a recent morning news meeting, we tried to come up with a comprehensive list of all of the Michigan towns and cities where we send reporters to get news. With our main newsroom in Ann Arbor and offices in Grand Rapids and Flint, we've got most of the state within driving distance. 

A short note of thanks to everyone who came out for our first Day of Opportunity. Visit the State of Opportunity website to see photos from the day.

Stateside celebrates National Poetry Month with a special month-long series on poetry in Michigan.

We'll be talking with Michigan poets about their new work, about poetry in the 21st century and about why poetry continues to inspire.

David Bazemore

Ira Glass, host of This American Life, is bringing his multimedia show, "Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host " to the Wharton Center on the Michigan State University campus.

For our education series Michigan Radio turned its attention to teacher preparation and retention in Michigan. We talked to teachers and administrators about what it takes to become an excellent educator and how we keep teachers in our K-12 classrooms. 

The entire station was involved across our news, politics, and culture programs. Stories aired on Morning Edition and All Things Considered. On our website we has special features looking at one of the most talked-about, but misunderstood professions today. On Stateside with Cynthia Canty, we featured interviews with teachers and education researchers to find out more about the challenges to teacher retention.

Here's everything we covered. Listen to the teachers, administrators, parents, consultants, and student teachers working to improve Michigan's education system. 

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All this week on Stateside with Cynthia Canty, we'll be hearing from some of the teachers who responded to our survey about retaining teachers in Michigan. 

This infographic summarizes what a lot of them had to say about what keeps them in their classrooms. But, some educators told us why they eventually left Michigan to teach elsewhere or left the profession altogether. 

We've heard so much about teachers as lawmakers and administrators go back and forth over educational reforms.

Isn't it about time we listened to what teachers have to tell us? 

The Teachable Moment Project collected remembrances from you of the teachers in your life.

By intentionally leaving “memorable words” open to your interpretation, we heard from you about teachers who inspired you, as well as teachers who derailed dreams.

In this episode of Let’s Review,  your hosts Jenn & Kim debate the merits of checking in and checking out on current events. What are the social, political, and psychic benefits and costs of being aware of what's happening in the world? 

The guest for this episode is…wait for it…Kim and Jenn, your podcast hosts!

Let’s Review is a new podcast from Michigan Radio focused on current events, pop culture, identity, and the tricky art of navigating life.

Your hosts are All Things Considered host, Jenn White and Michigan Radio's social media producer, Kim Springer.

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Awards for 2014

*Awarded in 2014 for 2013 News Coverage

Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB)

Station of the Year (Group 2)


First Place- Best in Category

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Most of us can remember an influential teacher, or a significant moment we had with a former teacher.

Whether they were words of advice or words that put you in your place, these teachable moments can ring in your ears from school days gone by. 

Last week, during comments at the Bipartisan Policy Center, Republican Senator Thomas Tillis of North Carolina suggested that it was government gone overboard to regulate food service workers' hand washing. 

Here are the stories from the Michigan Radio website with the most traffic from Jan. 1, 2014 to Dec. 15, 2014, according to our data. 

Your most-read stories ran the gamut from news to politics to sports to Stateside with Cynthia Canty interviews with scientists and artists. 

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We thought about having a week dedicated to debunking conspiracy theories, but we're not Snopes nor are we The Onion.

But one theory that we just couldn't let go of, that continues to circulate, lent itself to some easy debunking.

The myth? That Americans see a fall in gas prices at election time.

It's easy to assume that there's some big conspiracy theory to make gas prices decline right before we go to the polls.

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

We made it to ArtPrize. Did you?

Did you see anything that made you rethink the meaning of "art?"

Which artwork made you think, "Hmph. I could do that. Maybe I'll enter next year"?

In case you missed it, here's some of our coverage from the annual public art event held in Grand Rapids. 

Steve Carmody's been covering ArtPrize from beginning to end.