Susanne (Susi) Elkins

Susanne (Susi) Elkins
  • Director of Broadcasting and General Manager
  • WKAR
  • MA, Educational Technology, Michigan State University
  • BA, Telecommunication, Michigan State University
  • 404 Wilson Rd., Room 212
  • Communication Arts & Sciences Building
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • 517.884.4700



In collaboration with MSU, Elkins is currently leading initial steps towards launching a test ATSC 3.0 broadcasting station. This is the first proposed ATSC 3.0 test station by a public media organization and will be designed to explore the potential of NextGen TV to build stronger communities through education, news and information, arts, science and culture.

Under Elkins' leadership, WKAR has solidified its reputation as a community institution through strategic partnerships and collaborations. Securing major support from MSU Federal Credit Union, WKAR has significantly increased its commitment to early childhood education. University partnerships at Michigan State have increased the station's capacity for providing award-winning research-based content, as well as experiential learning opportunities for students.


WKAR is home to public radio and television for the Michigan capital region, bringing the best of PBS, PBS Kids, NPR and award-winning original content to more than 500,000 mid-Michigan residents each week. Through expanded broadcast, online, and community engagement, plus new efforts in education, research and NextGen TV, WKAR is developing a national model for the impact public media can have in local communities and beyond.