BREAKING NEWS from Breaking the News: New voices joining our panel of Michigan media experts

InterCom’s May 19th community forum on local news is just days away — and we have some late-breaking news of our own:

  • We’re pleased to welcome WMUK’s news director, Andy Robins, to our panel this week. Andy has been a full-time radio journalist since 1980, and worked as a reporter, anchor and news director at stations in Benton Harbor-Saint Joseph and South Haven prior to joining WMUK in 1985. He was a reporter and news producer for WMUK before taking on his current role in 1998. Having started his radio career right out of high school in 1974 at WKPR-AM in Kalamazoo, Andy adds local context and a long-term view of changes in broadcast news to the discussion. Operated by Western Michigan University, WMUK 102.1 FM is a charter member of National Public Radio. The station is celebrating its 65th anniversary on May 18.
  • Due to a scheduling conflict, Phil Power of The Center for Michigan is unable to participate after all. We’re sad to lose Phil’s perspective, but we’re thrilled that Bridge’s senior editor, David Zeman, is available to take his place. With two decades’ experience as an investigative reporter and editor at the Detroit News (where his team won the Pulitzer Prize among other national honors), David brings to the panel an in-depth perspective on the power of journalism.

David and Andy both add unique and valuable perspectives to our forum, so we’re excited to welcome them as panelists, says InterCom president Gretchen Johnson. With such a diverse (and sometimes competing) mix of media voices on board, it promises to be a highly informative and lively discussion.

Registration and more information about the event are at BreakingtheNews.Eventbrite.com.

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Andy Robins has served as WMUK’s news director for nearly 20 years. Under his direction, WMUK has received numerous awards for news reporting. Robins has worked as a radio journalist full-time since 1980, after beginning his broadcasting career right out of high school in 1974 at WKPR-AM in Kalamazoo. Robins held reporter, anchor and news director positions at stations in Benton Harbor-Saint Joseph and South Haven prior to joining WMUK in 1985. He was a reporter and news producer for WMUK before taking on his current role in 1998.

David Zeman is senior editor at Bridge. Previously, he was director of content and communication at Education Trust-Midwest. Zeman worked for two decades at the Detroit Free Press as an investigative reporter and editor. As editor, his reporters won some of the nation’s highest honors, including the Pulitzer Prize, the George Polk Award, the Worth Bingham Prize and the National Headliner Public Service Award. Zeman also worked as a reporter at The Miami Herald and The (Raleigh, N.C.) News and Observer, and spent two years as an attorney at a law firm in Miami. He holds a law degree from the University of Miami, a master’s in journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.