With a new year upon us, it's a good time to reflect on the past year here at Michigan Radio. In 2011, our reporters brought you stories from across the state dealing with Michigan's economy, politics, arts & culture, environment, and much more. Our Michigan Watch investigative unit helped change the dialogue in Lansing about the Earned Income Tax Credit, and also investigated efforts to end mandatory no fault auto insurance, problems with the state's public defender system, and natural gas "fracking." Our Newsmaker Interviews brought you weekly conversations with state and federal legislators and policy makers about issues that affect Michigan citizens, while Jack Lessenberrycontinued to offer his unique perspectives on Michigan politics and government. (Read more)
Each week, The Environment Report continued to cover critical statewide environmental issues, from the clean-up of the Kalamazoo River oil spill to the collapse of the salmon economy in Lake Huron. And our "Culture of Class" series looked at how class differences play out in many of the issues we grapple with as a society--from our education system to crime and punishment.
And while a lot of the news in Michigan is not good news, we've made a special effort to highlight some of the positive things in our weekly "What's Working" series. And our Changing Gears initiative continues to look at efforts to transform the economy of Michigan and the Great Lakes region.
We've also added new ways for you to add your voice to our stories. The Public Insight Network lets you share your ideas and insights on our Changing Gears stories, and our Issues and Ale forums encourage informed in-person discussions on important Michigan issues, like renewable energy, the state budget, and our education system.
While many media outlets have cut back on their reporting, Michigan Radio has expanded our service and coverage of issues affecting the state. Day in and day out, Michigan Radio is dedicated to covering the news stories that affect our lives as citizens of Michigan, and helping you better understand your state, nation and world.
Thanks for your continued loyalty and financial support that allows us to present and produce these important programs and initiatives.We are proud to be your NPR news station, and look forward to bringing you the news and information you count on in 2012 and the future.
Director of Broadcasting