Steve Chrypinski

Marketing Director

Steve has been Marketing Director at Michigan Radio since 2005. His job involves coordinating the station’s marketing, communication and public relations efforts, special events, and community & media partnerships.

Steve has worked in the broadcasting business since the dawn of time (okay, since the ‘80’s) and in public media since the early 1990’s…. including time at public radio and television stations in Grand Rapids and Detroit.

In his free time, Steve enjoys travel, cooking, kayaking and spending time with his wonderful wife and children.

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Members of Michigan Radio’s news team were in New York on Jan. 25 accepting the station’s first Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award. Michigan Radio received the prestigious award for the documentary, Not Safe to Drink.   

Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism today announced that Michigan Radio is a winner of a 2017 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for the documentary, Not Safe To Drink.

There are more than 350 prisoners in Michigan who have been sentenced to life in prison, without parole, for crimes they committed as juveniles. A 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling found that states must retroactively review all these cases, saying that life sentences for juveniles should only be reserved for "the rarest of juvenile offenders.” Prosecutors in Michigan have been slow to comply.

NPR today has announced the new show and host that will take the place of The Diane Rehm Show, with Diane's retirement at the end of the year. 1-A hosted by Joshua Johnson will debut on Michigan Radio at 10 am on Monday, January 2nd, 2017. 

The Michigan Radio documentary, Not Safe To Drink, was recognized yesterday with the Radio Impact award from the Third Coast International Audio Festival.  

Michigan Radio Reporter Lindsey Smith, Senior Editor Sarah Hulett and News Director Vincent Duffy were in New York City earlier this week to accept a National Edward R. Murrow Award for Not Safe To Drink, the station’s documentary about the Flint water crisis. The award was presented by The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) in the Large Market Radio – News Documentary category.  

The Michigan Radio documentary, Not Safe To Drink, has been recognized as an award winner by the Third Coast International Audio Festival.

Michigan Radio expanded its list of honors in 2016 with two recent awards from the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).

Michigan Radio’s statewide talk show, Stateside, hosted by Cynthia Canty, will travel to Traverse City on Saturday, September 17, 2016, for a special live audience show.

Michigan Radio and AEG Live will present a live performance of the popular public radio show Snap Judgment in Royal Oak on Friday, December 9, at 7:00 p.m.


Michigan Radio has won a national Clarion Award from The Association for Women in Communications. The award was received in the Radio Documentary Series category for “Beyond the Battlefield.”

Michigan Radio was recognized this past weekend with two awards from the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI). The station received a First Place award in the Large Newsroom-Interview category for “Living through the Flint water crisis” by Jennifer White. In the interview, Michigan Radio host Jennifer White sat down with three women raising kids in Flint amidst the city’s water crisis.

Michigan Radio has been recognized with a national Edward R. Murrow Award.

The award, in the Large Market Radio – News Documentary category, was received for “Not Safe to Drink.

The documentary series traced the history and story behind the Flint water crisis.  “Not Safe to Drink” aired on Michigan Radio in December, 2015.

Michigan Radio received ten awards for news coverage this weekend from the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors. The station was recognized with five First Place awards and five Second Place awards in the large market radio category. The large market radio category includes both public and commercial radio stations that serve Michigan’s largest market of Detroit.  Here is the complete list of Michigan Radio winners:

First Place

Michigan Radio has been recognized as Public Radio Station of the Year according to the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. The recognition was announced Tuesday evening at the MAB’s annual Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference in Lansing.

After conducting an extensive national search, Michigan Radio is pleased to announce that Doug Tribou has been named as the station's new Morning Edition host.

From 2008 until August 2015, Tribou worked at NPR member station WBUR in Boston. During that time, he served as a reporter and producer for “Only A Game,” NPR’s weekly sports show. From 2006-2008, he served as a news anchor and on-air host at WBUR. In September 2015, Tribou came to the University of Michigan after being awarded a Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship.

Stateside, Michigan Radio’s daily talk show, will broadcast live from the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in midtown Detroit on Thursday, May 12.  Listeners are invited to be part of the live audience for this special statewide broadcast, hosted by Cynthia Canty.

Recently released audience ratings from Nielsen Audio* confirm Michigan Radio’s position as Michigan’s most listened to NPR station. In addition to the station’s large statewide audience, Michigan Radio also has the largest listening audience among NPR stations in each of the following metro markets: Detroit, Ann Arbor, Flint, Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo.

Michigan Radio has been recognized with four regional Edward R. Murrow Awards in the Large Market Radio category. The Murrow Awards are presented by The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) to honor outstanding achievements in electronic journalism. The station won awards in the Continuing Coverage, Documentary, Investigative Reporting, and Sports Reporting categories. All four winners will now be eligible to win a national Edward R. Murrow Award.

Michigan Radio was recognized yesterday with several awards from the Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has named Michigan Radio reporter Lindsey Smith as a finalist for Journalist of the Year. Based in Grand Rapids, Lindsey is Michigan Radio's West Michigan Reporter. Over the past year however, she has reported extensively on the Flint water crisis, including producing a special documentary about the crisis, “Not Safe to Drink.”  

Courtesy of The Moth

Michigan Radio and the Wharton Center will present a live performance of The Moth Mainstage in East Lansing on Thursday, June 9, at 7:30 p.m. After a sold out performance in Ann Arbor last year, The Moth Mainstage will return to Michigan with a line-up of writers, performers, and other unique national and Michigan storytellers, each with a ten-minute story to tell live without notes.

Michigan Radio has been named a finalist for nine awards in the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors 2015 radio and television contest. The awards in actual order of finish - first or second - will be announced at the annual Michigan APME annual awards banquet May 22 in Lansing. The General Excellence and First Amendment award winners also will be announced at that time.

Sixteen broadcasters submitted 218 entries in the contest, which featured news, sports and weather reporting as well as features, documentaries and photography from 2015.

Michigan Radio has been selected as a winner of the 2016 Wade H. McCree Award for the Advancement of Justice.

Michigan Radio and Literati Bookstore are pleased to welcome public radio host Diane Rehm to Ann Arbor for a reading and conversation in support of her memoir, On My Own. Joining Diane for a post-reading conversation will be Cynthia Canty, host of Michigan Radio’s Stateside. The event will take place on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 7 pm at Rackham Auditorium in Ann Arbor.

Michigan Radio finished its first December membership drive on Tuesday evening with over $400,000 raised from more than 3400 donors. The additional drive this month was the result of a need to get more first time contributors. Station donors have been extremely generous over the years, however the number of people giving (about 6% of the station’s total listeners) hasn't risen fast enough to produce the funding needed to address the increases associated with a multi-platform news organization.

Members of the Detroit Journalism Cooperative will present a special event today entitled Detroit Bankruptcy: One Year Later. This free community event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, at Wayne State University’s Community Arts Auditorium in Detroit. Key figures in the bankruptcy case, including Gov.

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Michigan Radio is pleased to welcome Astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson to Michigan for four live multi-media events in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Ann Arbor and Detroit, March 21-24, 2016. Dr. Tyson will present an evening of engaging conversation on science, exploration and the world as we know it.

Michigan Radio is pleased to welcome comedian Paula Poundstone to Cobb Great Hall at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts in East Lansing on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 7:30 PM. Poundstone is a regular panelist on NPR’s popular weekly news quiz show, Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! where she gets to match wits with some of the country’s leading pundits.

Michigan Radio expanded its list of honors in 2015 with two recent awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and the Society of Environmental Journalists.