Bronte Cook

News Intern

Bronte Cook is a rising third year student at Ithaca College pursuing a B.A. in journalism with a minor in women and gender studies. There, she is a recipient of the Park Scholar Award, a competitive scholarship presented to individuals with a passion for media, leadership and community service.

Originally from Minneapolis, Bronte has always been drawn to the art of storytelling. Before arriving at IPR in 2019 as the summer news intern, Bronte worked with a number of radio stations including WRFI (Ithaca, NY) and WKNO (Memphis, TN) to produce feature-length audio pieces and is the co-host of 'In Between,' a podcast that highlights unique individuals and explores the role of college students in today's politically and emotionally turbulent world. 

Aside from journalism, Bronte is passionate about music, art and education. One day, she hopes to report on all three using different audio and visual storytelling techniques. 

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The Huron-Manistee national forest covers nearly one million acres of land in northern Michigan - including the Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness area, one of the most popular wilderness recreation sites in the region.

Nate Peeters, a public affairs officer for the U.S. Forest Service, says trails at the Nordhouse Dunes are really busy during the summer months; and while people are encouraged to use the wilderness as a resource, this presents unique problems. 

According to Peters, littering is one of the biggest human-based problems in the area.

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Suicide rates are the highest they've been since World War II, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

In the last 20 years, suicides in the U.S. have gone up 30 percent. 

But across the country, local crisis hotlines are shutting down and national companies are taking over. 

Locals in crisis turn to Third Level 

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In February, the global United Methodist Church approved legislation strengthening a ban on LGBTQ clergy and same-sex marriages. 

On Tuesday, Central United Methodist Church in Traverse City announced it will join the Reconciling Ministries Network in opposition of that ban. 

Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) is a union of Methodist communities across the country that embrace the full inclusion of LGBTQ members. 

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Across the world, there's been a dramatic airplane pilot shortage. According to Boeing, North America will need over 200,000 pilots in the next two decades.

But as the demand for pilots grows, the number of women in the industry has not — except, locally.

At Northwestern Michigan College, the number of female aviation students is growing — and they are finding new ways to move forward in the industry. 

Female aviator takes flight