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Education Policy Fellowship Program

How the Media Shapes and Influences Public Opinion and Policy

April 27, 1998
2:00 pm
Kellogg Center

Resource Person: Dr. Sue Carter
Professor of Journalism
Michigan State University
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Sue Carter is an Associate Professor in the School of Journalism at Michigan State University where she is directs the Victims and the Media Program. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University.

Professor Carter received a B.A. (1984) in Humanities from Michigan State University, and a J.D. (1988) and an M.A. in History (1991) from Wayne State University.

Her professional experience as a journalist includes 20 years as a radio and television reporter, anchor, editorial director, and talk show host at stations in the U.S. and Canada. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press, United Press International, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, the Detroit Press Club, and the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

She was a Press Secretary to former Michigan Governor James Blanchard. In 1990, she was awarded the National Sportscast Award by United Press International for broadcasting the Detroit Free Press International Marathon while running it.

Resource Person: Gretchen Millich
Capitol Correspondent - WKAR-AM/FM
Braodcasting Services
Michigan State University
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Gretchen Millich is a familiar voice to WKAR Radio and Michigan Public Radio listeners. She is currently the State Capitol Correspondent for WKAR-AM/FM and is a regular contributor to Michigan Public Radio's "State Edition," the weekday public affairs program.

She left WKAR in 1979 to pursure broadcast opportunities in Washington DC. For several years she hosted "Morning Line" at WAMU-FM before joining National Public Radio (NPR) in 1985. While at NPR, Millich was an editor on the Network's National Desk where she planned and coordinated news coverage for the eastern states. She also provided editorial guidance to NPR and member-station reporters and free-lancers. Prior to returning to WKAR Radio in 1990 she served as a producer on NPR's evening newsmagazine "All Things Considered," where she was responsible for the development of story ideas and the production of interviews and new features.

Gretchen received her Bachelor's Degree (1975) in Communications from the University of Michigan. She went on to receive a law degree (1985) from American University in Washington DC, and she was admitted as a member of the Michigan Bar in 1986.

Since returning to WKAR-Radio Gretchen has received numerous awards for her reporting. In the Michigan Associated Press (AP) Broadcast Competition, she has been honored with a general excellence award for individual reporting (1994), two first place awards for documentaries (1991, 1992), first place for individual reporting (1993), and an honorable mention for individual (1991) and feature (1992) reporting. In 1995 she won first place in the broadcast category of the 21st annual Wade H. McCree Awards for the Advancement of Justice, sponsored by the State Bar of Michigan. In 1997 Gretchen won the top award in the 20th annual Ben East Prizes for Excellence in Conservation Journalism, sponsored by the Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC).

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