About Us

State of Opportunity is a special project produced by Michigan Radio with major financial support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

The project features documentary reports, first-person storytelling, youth journalists, an online portal, and Michigan Radio’s Public Insight Network.

The goal is to expose the barriers children of low income families in Michigan face in achieving success.

Michigan Radio reporters Sarah Alvarez, Dustin Dwyer, and Jennifer Guerra examine the impact healthcare, schools, family, the local community, and public policy have on child development…from cradle to college.

Throughout the project, diverse voices are heard, including families and youth struggling with these issues, community leaders, legislators, and experts.

State of Opportunity also engages community members and people directly affected by poverty. It provides opportunities to share concerns and connect with community resources. The project also helps teach people to better advocate for themselves and their children through town hall discussions, panel events and several planned youth policymaker forums.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has dedicated a $995,000 grant to allow Michigan Radio to move beyond traditional radio reporting to reach a wide variety of audiences about the plight facing Michigan’s most vulnerable children.

About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Established in 1930, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. Grants are concentrated in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and southern Africa. For more information on the foundation, please visit www.wkkf.org.

About Michigan Radio

Michigan Radio is “Your NPR News Station” and the state’s most listened-to public radio service. We simulcast programming on three FM transmitters…WUOM 91.7 FM in Southeast Michigan, WFUM 91.1 FM in Flint, and WVGR 104.1 FM in West Michigan, with a broadcast signal that reaches 80% of Michigan’s population. Our stations serve approximately 500,000 listeners each week across the southern half of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, and a worldwide audience through our online audio stream. Michigan Radio also provides an in-depth online news service that provides updated news stories throughout the day to over 100,000 unique users per month at michiganradio.org.

Michigan Radio is dedicated to covering the news stories that affect our lives as citizens of Michigan, and helping our listeners better understand their state, nation and world.  While many media outlets have cut back on their reporting, Michigan Radio has expanded its service and coverage of issues affecting the state. Michigan Radio has an awarding-winning team of reporters, and news bureaus located in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Jackson and Grand Rapids.In addition to carrying a full range of programming from NPR, American Public Media, and the BBC, we also produce local features like The Environment Report, Michigan Watch investigative reports, Jack Lessenberry’s Essays, hourly newscasts, feature reports and in-depth special news series and documentaries. 

In the past year, the Michigan Radio news team has been recognized with more than 45 awards from numerous organizations including the award for General Excellence from the Michigan Associated Press, and Station of the Year Award from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.  Michigan Radio has also received national awards from the Public Radio News Directors, Inc., Radio Television Digital News Association, UNITY: Journalists of Color, and the Association for Women in Communications.

Licensed to the University of Michigan, Michigan Radio broadcasts from studios located in Ann Arbor. Our flagship station, WUOM, first began broadcasting on the newly-designated FM band in 1948, and WVGR and WFUM followed in 1961 and 1985, respectively. See the link below for more details on the station’s history.


60 Years of Public Radio at the University of Michigan



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The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

91.7 FM Ann Arbor/Detroit, 104.1 FM Grand Rapids, and 91.1 FM Flint: Michigan Radio is looking for organizations that regularly distribute information about employment opportunities to job applicants or have job applicants to refer. If your organization would like to receive notification of job vacancies at our stations, please notify:

Cindy Payne
Michigan Radio

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