Kendra Carr

All Things Considered host

Kendra Carr joined IPR as the All Things Considered host in 2019. She previously worked at WMOM in Ludington as the News Director. In 2017, WMOM received the Michigan Association of Broadcasters "Station of the Year" award. 

Kendra grew up in western Michigan. A proud graduate of Cottey College, she went on to receive her bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University. She began her career as a social worker in eviction prevention and homeless rehousing at Oceana's Home Partnership. 

Kendra is an avid actress, participating in everything from Shakespeare to musical theater and beyond.

Angeline Boulley, a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, released her debut novel, “Firekeeper’s Daughter” in March. The book will also be adapted for a series on Netflix. 

Blissfest draws in bands from all over the world, and focuses on roots music.
Blissfest Music Organization

The Blissfest Music Organization has canceled their festival this summer. 


The ongoing circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic were cited as the reason. 


The board president said in the press release that safety, community, and long-term sustainability will instead be their focus this year.


 Bay Mills Executive Council
Bay Mills Indian Community

Bay Mills Indian Community recently elected a new President. 


Whitney Gravelle started her two-year position as Chairperson last week.


Tribal leadership is now entirely made up of women.


IPR's Kendra Carr caught up with her to talk to her about her hopes for the future of Bay Mills. 






Kendra Carr


John Klapko was able to have his dress rehearsals at the Old Town Playhouse.


Dance concerts will soon happen outdoors in more northern Michigan Communities. The Traverse City Dance Project is getting a mobile stage after receiving a $33,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.


Co-Founder of the TC Dance Project, Jennifer Lott, spoke with IPR’s Kendra Carr about the start of their moving theatre project and adapting their performances in the face of a pandemic. 

Sleeping Bear Inn exterior
Balancing Environment and Rehabilitation

A historic Inn located on the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will begin renovations in anticipation of a reopening next summer.


The Sleeping Bear Inn was built in the mid-1860’s and closed to the public in the 1970’s.

Department of Natural Resources

The Michigan History Center is looking for stories on local history from the public for a trail that will go through Grayling. 

It will connect North Higgins Lake State Park with Hartwick Pines State Park.


Daniel Spegel with the Department of Natural Resources and Michigan History Center says this program began in 2013 when the state was looking for ways to expand recreation.


As winter approaches, some Michiganders are still weathering the pandemic without a home.  

Ashley Halladay-Shmandt, director for Northwest Michigan Coalition to End Homelessness, says anyone unhoused is at a huge risk of catching and spreading the virus, especially during the winter.

“People who are experiencing homelessness are doing community exposure at a different rate than the rest of us,” she said.

Halladay-Schmandt spoke with IPR's Kendra Carr about the current state of homelessness in Northern Michigan and how COVID-19 has impacted housing. 

Search and rescue efforts continue for the pilot of the F-16 that crashed in the Upper Peninsula Tuesday night.
Wisconsin National Guard

UPDATE - 12/11/2020: 
The pilot of the F-16 fighter jet that crashed in the Upper Peninsula Tuesday night has been found dead. According to the 115th Fighter Wing, the pilot's identity hasn't been released yet.

Local, state, and military crews searched in dense woods for almost two days before finding the pilot on Thursday.

Chloe Kimes

West Shore Community College’s Performing Arts series has moved from the Center Stage Theatre to the living room this season.

Their virtual series continues Saturday with a performance by American folk singer-songwriter Chloe Kimes.

She spoke with Interlochen Public Radio's Kendra Carr about the performance.

The free virtual concert will take place Saturday December 5th at 7:30 p.m.

Links to the performances can be found on West Shore Community college’s web site: 

The Village at Grand Traverse Commons

The Northern Michigan Regional Psychiatric Hospital opened November 30th, 1885. It closed 1989, and went on to be redeveloped in the early 2000s.

Today, it stands as the Village at Grand Traverse Commons.

Tour guide Vanessa Vance spoke with IPR’s Kendra Carr about the history of the state hospital.

Charlevoix Downtown Development Authority



City Officials in East Jordan voted to add a student position to their Downtown Development Authority Board Monday. Boyne City Library also decided to join, voting Tuesday to add a student position to their own board. 

Stormclouds loom overhead as Ella Skrocki ventures out onto the Frankfort Pier on Tuesday. According to the National Weather Service, some waves on the lake crested around 13 feet.
Dan Wanschura / Interlochen Public Radio

UPDATE: September 23, 2020 - 11:30am

Around 10 A.M. Wednesday morning, recovery crews located the body of 12-year-old Lane Frame.

Frame was swept off the pier and into Lake Michigan by a large wave on Monday.

The boy's body was found in 10 feet of water and turned over to the medical examiner.


Marie Marfia

Northern Michigan landscapes beg to be painted. 


Ludington artist Marie Marfia has painted her fair share of sunsets. But Marie’s most recent series, ‘What I did on my COVID Vacation” documents the quarantine experiences of skeletons.


In the middle of May, Marie was stuck at home and looking for a new way to engage online. She decided to do a "20 paintings in 20 Days" challenge.


Linda Dewey

On Forest Haven Road by M-22, through stone gates and into the forest, lays the Glen Arbor Township Cemetery. 


But in 2015 a storm brought down surrounding trees, leaving the cemetery difficult to reach and in need of some TLC. 


That’s where Linda Dewey comes in. She partnered with Glen Lake Schools and a tree company to do some work at the cemetery. 


Photo courtesy of Rod Cortright

Boyne City Main Street purchased the Boyne Theater on Sunday from Boyne City Taproom owner, Richard Bergman, for $350,000. 


Before closing in 2003, the theater was used for both movies and as a performance space, according to Boyne City Main Street Executive Director Kelsie King-Duff,


“The main screen is on a heightened stage," she says. "So in the past, even the Boyne City School drama productions and things like that were there.”


The Grand Traverse Mall is welcoming customers for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic shut down businesses across the nation. 


Safety measures have been added, including hand sanitizing stations and frequent cleaning of “high touch areas” by janitorial staff. 


Markings on the floor have been added to help customers keep the six foot distance while in line at the food court. But that's not the only change at the food court, according to the Grand Traverse Mall general manager Jonathan Pittman.

Much of northern Michigan reopened Memorial Day weekend as rates of COVID-19 infections continued to decrease in Michigan. However, some communities Up North were left out of reopening in Governor Grethchen Whitmer's recent order.

As parts of Northern Michigan re-open this weekend, the Mackinac Bridge Authority is preparing for Memorial Day traffic. 


Back in mid-March, the Mackinac Bridge Authority stopped accepting cash in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. 


That means Memorial weekend travellers will need to pay with a credit or debit card or a digital payment, like Google Pay or Apple Pay. 


Cadillac Footliters

Cadillac 4 theatre’s parent company, Goodrich Quality Theaters, is currently in bankruptcy and facing liquidation. 

That’s where the Cadillac Footliters come in. The non-profit theatre company lost their home to a fire 30 years ago and have been looking for a new one ever since, said Board President, Joseph Baumann

Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc.


Correction: In a previous version of this story IPR inaccurately reported that 22 people tested positive for COVID-19 and 14 were asymptomatic, as earlier reported to IPR by the Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc. Please read the following story for the accurate information.

More COVID-19 testing is available in Northwest Lower Michigan, even for those without symptoms.

NMC aviation program

For many Americans, their first insight into Afghan history and culture came from Khaled Hosseini’s 2003 book, “The Kite Runner.”

The book describes the brutality of the Taliban’s reign starting in 1994 that only came to an end as a result of U.S. military action in 2001 following the 9/11 attacks.

Possible Shipwreck Uncovered in Ludington
Mason County Historical Society



Many ships have disappeared on the Great Lakes, leaving their resting location a mystery.

On Friday April 24, the Michigan Shipwreck Research Association started receiving reports that unfamiliar wreckage had been exposed north of Ludington near the state park.


Blessing Ovie

Blessing Ovie was only 12 years old when she left Nigeria seeking a better life. She took a harrowing journey across Africa, ending up not in Europe but in Morocco where she spent the next four years under increasingly desperate conditions.

Raul Gomez / Courtesy

Even before the Coronavirus pandemic hit, farmers on the Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City were already dealing with the one thing they least like to see — uncertainty.

Reduction in export markets, tariffs, an aging farming population, labor shortages, ICE raids… it’s not easy being a farmer these days. If it ever was.