Josh Hakala | Stateside and Online News Intern

Josh Hakala, a lifelong Michigander (East Lansing & Edwardsburg), comes to Michigan Radio after nearly two decades of working in a variety of fields within broadcasting and digital media. Most recently, he worked for Advance Digital where he managed newspaper websites from across the country, including While his resume is filled with sports broadcasting experience (Big Ten Network, 97.1FM The Ticket, 610AM WIP etc.), radio reporting (90.1FM WRTI) and odd jobs (Editor for the FIFA video game series for EA Sports), he brings a passion for news and storytelling to the Stateside staff.

Josh is also a proud graduate of Lansing Community College where he got his radio start as the sports director and on-air music host at WLNZ. He also received his BA from Temple University where he majored in Broadcasting, Telecommunications, and Mass Media. While he loved his five years in Philadelphia, he returned to his home state of Michigan in 2008.

When he is not at Michigan Radio, he runs, a media outlet that covers the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, one of the oldest soccer tournaments in the world where amateur teams and the top professional teams all compete in a March Madness-style competition. He also does freelance play-by-play announcing for just about any sport and has a massive music collection as he clings to his CDs and vinyl records. He currently lives in Ann Arbor with his wife and three kids. Continue reading

Lyse Messmer | Stateside Production Assistant

Lyse (pronounced “lease”) grew up in Portland Oregon, where she was surprised to learn as a teen that the radio played music and not just Fresh Air and All Things Considered. While she officially studied painting, history, and urban planning at Brigham Young University, she made a much more comprehensive study of This American Life. After graduation, she moved to Detroit to see what all the Brooklynization was about.

For the past three years, she worked as a graphic designer, unofficial podcast curator, and a novice conversationalist, badgering friends and neighbors with questions to understand the complex dynamics of identity, poverty, race, and spatial politics in Detroit Metro.

Four months ago, she became a real Michigander when she and her husband bought a house (and spent a summer weekend “Up North”).

Right back where she started, she lives in a mini-Portland (Ann Arbor) and still forgets that the radio can dial past 91.7 FM.

She is excited to work on Stateside this semester!

Kaye LaFond | Online News Intern

Kaye is an alumna of Michigan Tech’s environmental engineering program. She got her start making maps for the Traverse City-based water news organization Circle of Blue, and, since then, she has been devoted to science communication and data visualization.

Kaye has created info-graphics for a variety of organizations, including government science agencies, universities, and nonprofits.

She lives in East Jordan, Michigan with her husband and fur children. East Jordan is in fact about 4 hours north of Ann Arbor. She does a lot of working from home and makes bi-monthly trips downstate. She enjoys living in rural northern Michigan, and spends her free time running, kayaking, drinking wine, and spending time with her four kids.

Kathleen Davis | Newsroom Intern

Kathleen Davis is currently completing her senior year at the University of Michigan, where she studies Political Science and International Studies. She previously worked at the Michigan Daily for four years, where she wrote about art and culture and was the 2015 Managing Arts Editor.

Kathleen is from Birmingham, Michigan, a northern suburb of Detroit. Growing up in a bilingual household, she quickly developed a sense for the power of words. The three loves of Kathleen’s life are coffee, dogs, and oxford commas, the latter of which she was forbidden to use at her previous place of employment.

Highlights of Kathleen’s journalistic career thus far include interviews with Miami design icon Craig Robins, drag superstar Bianca Del Rio, and founder of the Kronos Quartet David Harrington.

Emma Winowiecki | Online News Intern

Emma is currently an online news intern at Michigan Radio. In addition to covering news, she assists with The Environment Report and other programs. Emma is a senior at the University of Michigan, majoring in Communication Studies and Screen Arts & Cultures, and she plans to pursue radio and digital journalism in the future. When she is not at Michigan Radio, Emma can be found at various coffee shops around Ann Arbor. Continue reading

Cass Adair | Stateside and The Next Idea Intern

Cass Adair is a production assistant on Stateside. Originally from Virginia Beach, VA, he moved to Ann Arbor to pursue a PhD in English Language and Literature at University of Michigan. At school, he specializes in contemporary writing, digital culture, and the relationship between literature and public policy. At Stateside, he works on a little bit of everything, which is awesome. Continue reading

Tyler Scott | Operations Intern

Tyler Scott

Tyler reports stories and occasionally hosts overnights for Michigan Radio. He holds a degree in political science from the University of Michigan, where he graduated in 2016.

Prior to Michigan Radio, Tyler was a sports reporter for The Michigan Daily, morning host at WMLM 1520am in Alma, Michigan, and news intern at WDET in Detroit.

Tyler was born-and-raised in Michigan and still enjoys spending time in Michigan’s state parks and nature areas. He also enjoys watching Michigan sports, reading, and binge-listening to music and podcasts.