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Ed Ronco

News Director

Ed Ronco joined IPR as its news director in the summer of 2022, after eight years with KNKX Public Radio in Seattle/Tacoma, where he was the local host of All Things Considered.

He’s an experienced reporter, interviewer and broadcaster, whose career has also included work in rural Alaska and northern Indiana.

Originally from Michigan, Ed is delighted to be back in his home state — and at Interlochen, no less, which he only ever dreamed of attending as a band and theater kid growing up in Wyandotte.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University.

Send news tips, feedback, or clever haiku to Ed at ed.ronco@interlochen.org.

Twitter: @edronco

  • This week, the Up North Lowdown is all about where you look: at a dark patch of sky, upward from the path of totality, in a vernal pool deep in the woods, or into yourself for exactly the right words.
  • One is the state's first poet laureate since the 1950s. The other will represent Michigan in a poetry competition in Washington, D.C., later this month. They spoke in IPR's studio.
  • Come with us this week to a pro wrestling event in Kalkaska. Also, a new film explores the quest to restore an old movie theater marquee in Marquette.
  • The film's production team is entirely based in Traverse City, and plans screenings around Michigan throughout the year.
  • Why the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians did NOT tap their sugar maples this year. Also, get ready for "Maritime Time!" And we drop in on the Soo Locks.
  • Tech trouble at IPR means we'll hear the BBC World Service starting at 7 tonight, instead of at 10.
  • This week: Dealing with construction along U.S. 31 in downtown Traverse City, new apartments get a warm reception in Boyne City, and impersonating Charlie Chaplin.
  • This week: An impasse over the future of the air show at the National Cherry Festival. And Elk Rapids high school students make the prom a little more climate friendly.
  • This week: Michigan tribes say a federal lawsuit out of Wisconsin could affect their sovereignty, summer roadwork already getting started in Traverse City, and Kate Botello takes us to the spelling bee.
  • Two stories about pressure: One on youth mental health in the Grand Traverse region, and the other about a local singer-songwriter feeling pressure to produce new work.