Jacob Meschke | Stateside

Jacob Meschke is a production assistant on Stateside. He is a rising senior at Northwestern University, where he studies journalism. Jacob originally hails from Williamston, Michigan. Previously he was the editor of North by Northwestern magazine and a reporter for the Medill News Service in Washington. He loves the Michigan outdoors, and everything about the sport of soccer.

Recent stories by Jacob Meschke:

  • TriRhena 1000km/13.000hm, 57h Komplett/43h Fahrzeit
    Die Eckdaten stehen im Titel und es geht um Rad fahren. Nun aber der Reihe nach ein paar Eindrücke, Fakten und den Aufruf, sich auch diese Tour zu greifen, zu fahren. TL;DR Eine der schönsten Radtoure …
  • Nachwehen LEL2017
    Die besonders schönen Seiten kommen doch durch die Familie, was für ein Empfang – egal ob Sieger oder Teilnehmer. Ich habe drei echte Fans 😉
  • London Edinburgh London 2017: Eindrücke eines Laien
    Seit drei Wochen bin ich nun wieder aktiv im Job und Familie. Die Eindrücke von LEL2017 sind aber präsent – einige Eindrücke werden erste verarbeitet und auch der Körper hat noch ein paar Wunden, die …
  • n+1 oder eine neue Leidenschaft
    Das Radfahren war schon immer ein Teil von mir, aber die Vielfalt und die Möglichkeiten des Bezugs machen die Liebe zum Rad vielschichtiger, erlebbarer, veränderbarer. Daher habe ich es mal wieder get …
  • Open Source verstehen, leben
    Aktuell konzentrieren sich viele Menschen in meinem Umfeld eher auf geschlossene Pakete, keine Transparenz und möglichst wenig Mitarbeiter. Weihnachten ? steht vor der Tür und genießt den "Sommer …

Update: CPB Included in Final FY 2017 Omnibus Spending Package

As you may have heard, President Trump has signed the fiscal year 2017 omnibus spending bill, which funds the government for the remaining five months of Fiscal Year (FY) 2017.

We can now report that the package includes full funding for all of public media’s programs. The spending package was passed and signed before the Continuing Resolution funding of the government expired on Friday, May 5, 2017.  This is phenomenal news for all public radio and television stations.

As a reminder, the spending package only resolves FY 2017.

Later this month, we expect the House of Representatives to start working on their FY 2018 budget and a full version of the President’s FY 2018 budget to be released. We will also closely monitor those items as well.

As you may know, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting provides funding to stations annually via the Community Service Grant (“CSG”).  For Michigan Radio, this year’s CSG grant amount is $ 449,000, representing about 6% of our income.  The CPB also helps to defray other expenses for public radio stations like ours, such as music license fees and satellite interconnection service, which means we don’t have to make additional cash payments for these basic and necessary services.

In summary, we are very pleased to retain the value and continuity of the CPB-funded Community Service Grant.  The CSG direct dollars and other indirect support remain critical to our financial health.  Thank you for your support and belief in this funding source as we continue to extend our excellence in public media service to the citizens of Michigan.


Steve Schram
Executive Director and General Manager

Bryce Huffman | 2016 Intern

Reporter and producer at Michigan Radio

Bryce Huffman is Michigan Radio’s West Michigan Reporter. Huffman has been serving as a reporter for Michigan Radio since Fall 2016. He has covered a variety of Michigan stories, including immigrants facing deportation, the Detroit-area doctor involved in the female genital mutilation case, and residents concerned about a massive sinkhole in Macomb County. A Detroit native, Huffman graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in Journalism. He joined Michigan Radio as a newsroom intern in May 2016.

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.

Emmarie Huetterman | 2008 Intern

Washington-based reporter for The New York Times

A graduate of the University of Michigan with degrees in political science and anthropology, Emmarie served as an intern for Jack Lessenberry’s daily show in 2008, calling it her “first valuable experience in political reporting.”  This experience gave her opportunities to not only generate and research story ideas, but also interview experts who were “all too happy to answer the phone for NPR.”

Of her time at Michigan Radio, Emmarie reports, “I still think about the lessons I learned from the journalists there who were willing to take the time to teach their craft.”

While earning a master’s degree in public affairs journalism at Northwestern University, she was part of a team that won an Online News Association award for an investigative project on the national security implications of climate change.  In 2011, she moved to the New York Times.  Emmarie also spent two months in Germany as a 2015 Arthur F. Burns Fellow, primarily reporting on the growing migrant crisis.

Clare Toeniskoetter | 2013 Intern

Producer at Marketplace’s New York City bureau

A graduate of the University of Michigan with degrees in sociocultural anthropology and French, Clare began her internship as a part-time student finishing her thesis at U-M and continued after graduation.

Clare proudly reports, “Interning at Michigan Radio launched my career in public radio.  I would not be working in the field now if I did not get the chance to intern in Ann Arbor.  I got hands-on production experience and met a wonderful network of accomplished colleagues and now lifelong friends.”

Today, Clare creates two Marketplace podcasts: Codebreaker, which explores the technology that consume us every day, and Actuality, which focuses on the inner-workings of the new global economy.

This Michigan native has also worked with Radiolab, On the Media, and Slate’s The Gist.

Lucy Perkins | 2013-2014 Intern

Producer at NPR headquarters in Washington DC

A graduate of the University of Michigan with degrees in English language and literature/communication studies, Lucy interned during her senior year and continued for another year after graduating, working on Stateside’s website and writing copy for the newsroom.

Following her departure from Michigan Radio, she worked as a Joan B. Kroc Fellow at NPR’s Washington headquarters and, in 2015, became a producer for programs including All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Weekend Edition and Here and Now.

Lucy says her experience at Michigan Radio made her “fall in love with radio.”

Paige Pfleger | 2013-2015 Intern

Associate producer at WHYY’s health and science show, The Pulse

A graduate of the University of Michigan’s Residential College with a degree in communications, creative writing, and literature, Paige explains, “When I started working at Michigan Radio, I was really convinced I wanted to be a newspaper reporter.  I started working on the web team…  I fell in love with the culture at the station, but more than anything, I fell in love with the quality of the journalism.”

In the summer that followed her junior year at Michigan, Paige worked at a Nashville newspaper and realized how much she missed public radio.  When she returned to Ann Arbor for her senior year, she resumed her Michigan Radio internship, and she credits the station’s newsroom staff with helping her learn the radio and multimedia journalism skills that she still uses in her job today.

An internship at NPR headquarters following graduation led to her current position at WHYY in Philadelphia, home of Fresh Air with Terry Gross.  Paige proudly exclaims, “I can easily say I owe my career to Michigan Radio.”

Samara Freemark | 2007 Intern

Senior producer and correspondent with American Public Media’s investigations and documentary unit

A graduate of Swarthmore College, Samara interned with Michigan Radio while working on her master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Michigan.

Of her experience at Michigan Radio, Samara said the station “offered me my first job in public radio – indeed, in any kind of media at all.  I did not study journalism in college, and I had no experience working in the field.  For some reason, the station decided that a completely inexperienced master’s student/waitress was a good choice for an intern, and they gave me my first foot in the door.  Vince Duffy and the other reporters and editors taught me a tremendous amount about radio and about journalism, and I will be – truly – forever grateful to them.”

Samara joined American Public Media’s Investigations and Documentary unit in 2013.  She has covered veterans’ issues for the Public Insight Network and worked as a reporter and producer with Radio Diaries, where she helped ordinary people tell extraordinary stories.  Her work at Radio Diaries received the George Foster Peabody Award.  Samara has also worked as an environmental reporter.

Richie Duchon | 2003-2004 Intern

News editor and producer for NBC News online

While earning his B.A. in English literature at Eastern Michigan University, Richie reports, “I cut my teeth in journalism under the guidance of sharp, thoughtful, compassionate and experienced news editors and producers [at Michigan Radio].”

“I want people to know how enormously lucky I feel to have had the experience,” Richie explains.  “They taught me what makes a good story and how to write and report it out with passion but also balance and integrity.  I’ve worked in some of the nation’s largest newsrooms, including the Los Angeles Times and NBC News, and none compares to the support, camaraderie and friendship I experienced at Michigan Radio.”

Richie believes the investment in the station’s internship program that management and donors are making is helping to build the next generation of trusted reporters, editors, producers, and anchors.


Richie also holds an M.A. from the University of Southern California Annenberg School for communication and journalism.