This week, WCMU Public Media hosted National Public Radio special correspondent Renee Montagne. She made an appearance in Midland at the Midland Center for the Arts on March 13 and in Traverse City at the Kirkbride Hall/Grand Traverse Commons on March 14. Both appearances were free and open to the public.
Montagne, who has earned many of journalism’s top honors, was host of NPR’s Morning Edition from 2004 to 2016. Today, her career with the network continues as a special correspondent.
Montagne’s most recent assignment has been a yearlong collaboration with ProPublica reporter Nina Martin, investigating the alarming rate of maternal mortality in the U.S., as compared to other developed countries. The series has won every major award in American journalism, including a Peabody award, a George Polk Award and Harvard’s Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Journalism. The series was also named a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize.
“Renee Montagne has set the standard in journalism through her penetrating tenacity and compassion for people,” said Ken Kolbe, general manager of WCMU Public Media. “As the spotlight on the journalism profession intensifies, Ms. Montagne’s comments are certain to be enlightening.”
“Montagne also will take time during her visit to meet with communication students in Mount Pleasant from Central Michigan University’s College of Arts and Media,” Kolbe said. “She cherishes opportunities to meet with future professionals in the communication field to share her insights and answer their questions.”