Lindsey Smith

West Michigan Reporter/Producer

Lindsey Smith is Michigan Radio's West Michigan Reporter. Lindsey has worked as a reporter at radio stations in both West and Southeast Michigan, and her work has been recognized by both the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and Michigan AP. She's a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and Specs Howard School of Media Arts.

Q&A

What has been your most memorable experience as a reporter?
Reporting from a hot air balloon was one of the scariest. Trying to bubble-wrap my recording equipment to come with me down a giant waterslide took the most preparation and ingenuity. Mostly I remember people; so many downtrodden, truthful, funny, inspiring, regular-everyday people. Nearly everyone I meet and talk to shapes how I view life in at least the slightest way.

What is your favorite program on Michigan Radio?
"Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me." It's hilarious. "On the Media" is a very, very close second.

What do you like best about working in public radio?
Mostly, I'm proud of what we do and the stories we produce.

What modern convenience would it be most difficult for you to live without?
The internet! What did anyone do without it! I mean, I remember life without it, but it's amazing how much I rely on it every day.

What is your favorite way to spend your free time?
It depends on the season. I love wakeboarding in the summer, hanging out on the beach, going on long walks with my dog Lola, grilling. In the winter I wish I could hibernate. I do enjoy snowboarding and movies and warm drinks indoors then.

What are people usually very surprised to learn about you?
If I told you, it wouldn't be a surprise!

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FILM
12:50 pm
Fri November 12, 2010

Michigan Film Festival this weekend

(from left to right) Girbe Eefsting, John Acdespres, and Jen Pider prepare at the UICA for the Michigan Film Festival.
Lindsey Smith Michigan Radio

A celebration of Michigan-made films starts Friday night in Grand Rapids. The second annual Michigan Film Festival runs through Sunday. The films are winners of other film festivals across the state or were recommended by college film programs.

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Homeless awareness
4:34 pm
Fri November 5, 2010

Community leaders in Flint hoping to raise awareness of growing homeless population

Tom Knight trying to help "Richard" one of many homeless veterans in the Flint through his work at Resource Genesee.
Gerry Leslie Homeless Management Information Systems

In 2008, the state estimates there were a little more than 86,000 people without a home. Half of them were families.

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Food
6:50 pm
Thu November 4, 2010

First "restaurant week" underway in Grand Rapids

It's restaurant week in GR
restaurantweekgr.com

A number of Grand Rapids restaurants are booked this weekend thanks to the new event celebrating great dining at a reasonable price.

San Chez sous chef Daryl Rector prepares for the night shift. "We've got verduras y tortas for the vegan crowd. It's a spicy black beans & quinoa cakes with roasted vegetables and this avo-cumber sauce," Rector explains. "That's a fake yogurt that we make with avocado - basically puree that, add acidity and sweetness and you can't really tell the difference between that and yogurt."

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Business
4:57 pm
Wed November 3, 2010

Amway to settle lawsuit alleging unfair and illegal business practices

Amway logo

Amway is one of the leading, if not the largest, direct selling companies in the world. Three people trying to sell the vitamins, cookware and beauty products the company distributes sued an Amway subsidiary in 2007. They claim the company then known as Quixtar misled them about start up costs and how much money they'd make.

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Election 2010
1:32 am
Wed November 3, 2010

Freshman state lawmaker wins congressional seat in west Michigan

Justin Amash (center) celebrates with fellow Kent County Republicans Tuesday night
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A freshman state lawmaker in west Michigan will become one of the youngest congressmen in the nation. 30-year old tea party favorite Justin Amash beat his democratic challenger Pat Miles Tuesday. “A lot of people in grassroots movements are looking for someone who’s going to go there and be transparent, be accountable, fight for the kind of freedoms this country has had for so long," Amash said, "I’m committed to doing that but I’ll bring my own approach to it and that means building relationships on both sides of the aisle.”

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Election 2010
11:55 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Race to replace retiring congressman Vern Ehlers called

Democrat Pat Miles called his republican oppoenent Justin Amash to conceed defeat around 11p.m.

Election 2010
10:18 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Dems in West Michigan watch Bernero concede

Miles supporters rally at Aquinas college
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About 80 supporters of 3rd congresssional candidate Pat Miles looked on silently as Virg Bernero conceeded tonight. They cheered when Bernero spoke of rooting for Michigan and not Snyder's failure.

Election 2010
9:30 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Former republican gubernatorial candidate calls Snyder win "new day for Michigan."

Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos says the state is finally getting the change it has needed for more than 8 years. DeVos lost to Governor Jennifer Granholm in 2006. "It’s not about partisanship it’s about effectiveness and now Rick Snyder has a chance," DeVos said, "Rick has a proven background and it’s his chance to step up and be effective. We’re behind him and we think this represents a new day and a new opportunity for Michigan."

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Election 2010
8:38 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Kent County GOP cheering republican wins so far

GOP faithful gather inside a downtown pizza parlor
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Roughly 80 people gathering with the Kent County GOP in downtown Grand Rapids cheered when local media called the governor's race for Ann Arbor Businessman Rick Snyder.

Jason Ellis is from the Grand Rapids suburb of Kentwood. Wearing a Justin Amash T-shirt and sipping a Heineken he says he's satisfied with the outcome. “I think Rick Snyder’s got a tough road ahead the next couple years in Michigan – a lot of big decisions will have to be made. But I think he’s got the right skill set and he’s the kind of guy we need in Lansing right now.”

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Environment
12:28 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Trout Unlimited launching effort to protect Rogue River watershed

Fisherman casts his line in the Rogue River near Rockford.
Trout Unlimited

Efforts to protect and restore a cold water fishery north of Grand Rapids could serve as an example for the nation.

Fishermen know the Rogue River best for its spring and winter steelhead runs through Rockford. National coldwater conservation group Trout Unlimited also wants to protect habitat for the brook and rainbow trout that live there. So it designated the watershed as its newest "home river."

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Free speech
9:54 pm
Mon November 1, 2010

CMU students listen to and protest lecture of fundamental church members

CMU students protesting the appearance of the Westboro Baptist Church members
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Members of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church spoke to journalism students at Central Michigan University Monday. The church is known for protesting at the funerals of U.S. soldiers. The group was invited to speak to journalism law students about how far free speech is protected by the first amendment.

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Education
4:20 pm
Fri October 29, 2010

Grand Rapids Public Schools looking for feedback

grpublicschools.org Grand Rapids Public Schools

Michigan's third largest K through 12 school district is in the early stages of forming a new 5 year plan. It'll cover everything from instruction to safety to athletics.

Grand Rapids Public Schools put together its first 5 year vision in February of 2009. Most of the goals set then have already been met or are being implemented. So they're looking to the community to help figure out how to keep the momentum going.

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Juvenile Crime
3:31 pm
Thu October 28, 2010

Study shows fewer crimes commited by Grand Rapids youth

The Grand Rapids Juvenile Offense Index Report was released Thursday. It was produced by Our Community's Children (a partnership between the city and Grand Rapids Public Schools) with Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Police.

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Michigan troops home from Afghanistan
1:30 am
Thu October 28, 2010

Michigan community celebrates soldiers' homecoming

The celebration and parade marked the return of the 180th Transportation Company.
Lindsey Smith Michigan Radio

Veterans, family and friends gathered inside Muskegon Catholic Central High School for the rally to welcome home the 180th Transportation Company. The unit spent 13 months fighting in the Afghanistan desert.

Among them was Private First Class Derrick Jackson. "It's great - great to see something that's green. Just being able to spend time with my family - it's a good feeling," Jackson said. Courtney Jackson's eyes light up watching her husband hold their 7 month old son Tyler. "It's so weird I'm used to doing everything by myself. It's kind of nice to have help," Jackson said.

Michigan Election
1:24 am
Thu October 28, 2010

Bernero tells Grand Rapids youth he's not giving up hope

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Virg Bernero is making a push to energize his political base as the general election nears. Polls show republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder around 20 points ahead of his competitor with less than a week before the election. That hasn't stopped Democrat Virg Bernero's enthusiasm. The Lansing Mayor peppered West Michigan with 7 campaign stops Wednesday - including Battle Creek, Muskegon and Grand Rapids.

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Economic Development
5:30 pm
Tue October 26, 2010

Dematic North America to create 500 new jobs in Grand Rapids

Dematic Corportation designs and manufactures a variety of logistical systems.
logisticsbusiness.com

A Grand Rapids company is planning a major expansion. Michigan's Economic Development Corporation approved tax incentives for the company Tuesday.

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Mental Health
5:09 pm
Tue October 26, 2010

Former First Lady discusses mental illness

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter speaks at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum Tuesday.
Lindsey Smith Michigan Radio

Rosalynn Carter is in Grand Rapids raising awareness of mental illness. She's promoting her new book about how to end what she calls a "national mental health care crisis."

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Medical education
2:17 pm
Mon October 25, 2010

MSU expands program to assure admission for some pre-med students

Dean of MSU's College of Human Medicine Marsha Rappley with the presidents of Hope, Calvin and Aquinas colleges.
Lindsey Smith Michigan Radio

Michigan State University is partnering with three private colleges in west Michigan to give undergraduate students a head start in medical school.

It's not easy to get into medical school. Last year more than 6,000 students applied for 200 open seats at MSU's College of Human Medicine in downtown Grand Rapids.

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November election
2:00 pm
Fri October 22, 2010

Tea Party Trolley hopes to engage voters in west Michigan

Tea Party Trolley to make stope in west Michigan

Tea Party organizers in west Michigan are preparing to engage voters less than two weeks before the general election.

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Gay rights
11:43 pm
Thu October 21, 2010

Holland to consider adding gender identity, sexual orientation to anti-discrimination laws

Residents packed Holland City Hall for the Human Relation Commission meeting Thursday.
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An advisory board voted unanimously to recommend city council pass the measure Thursday night.

The board has been studying the issue for months. They took it up at the request of Reverend Bill Freeman. The Holland pastor says those who spoke against expanding protections to those groups embody why it's needed. "I mean to be homosexual, or to be a lesbian or gay person in Holland - it would seem to be problematic. Because there are so many people who oppose them - oppose their existence," Freeman said.

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