Linda Stephan

All Things Considered Host, Reporter

Linda Stephan has been reporting for the IPR News team for almost a decade. She holds a master's degree in journalism from Michigan State University and has won more than 20 awards for radio news coverage.

Linda believes balanced storytelling can help us all to wrestle with the questions that affect our lives up north, our communities, schools, economy and environment.

Linda grew up in Traverse City. Locally, she is an alumnus of Traverse City Central High School, Northwestern Michigan College and Interlochen Arts Camp (All State division). She speaks Swedish and loves reading or being in the woods and near the lakes. She is a great fan of the northern Michigan jazz scene and a state-licensed foster parent.

Ways To Connect

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In Michigan, people shopping for health insurance are likely to pick cost savings over the chance to keep their current doctor, according to new research from the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation.

Center Executive Director Marianne Udow-Phillips says comparison shopping has gotten easier for people with the healthcare exchange.

Soldiers who left school in the 1960s and early 1970s to fight in Vietnam now qualify for a high school diploma in Michigan.

As graduation ceremonies approach, leaders at Traverse City Area Public Schools are encouraging them to take advantage.

“There’s no course required for the veteran to come back to take. There’s no test that they need to pass,” says TCAPS Human Resources Executive Director Chris Davis. “It is a benefit that they deserve and that we are honored to be able to give to our veterans.”

Officials with the Huron-Manistee National Forest expect heightened fire danger in northern Michigan through Friday. This weekend alone the Forest Service responded to 11 fires, including one in Alcona that burned 470 acres.

“This year has been a much more dangerous fire season,” says Ken Arbogast, public affairs officer for the Huron-Manistee National Forest.

The region saw lower snowfall this winter and the spring hasn’t brought much rain.

“Some areas may have experienced rain yesterday,” he says. “But it wasn’t enough to really saturate the groundcover.”

Utopia Foundation

A foundation in Traverse City is sending money to a children’s center in Nepal. The money goes to a woman raising 48 children in Katmandu. They are left homeless and sleeping in a field after the earthquake.

Paul Sutherland says, because banks are closed in that country, the Utopia Foundation had to hand-deliver cash.

“I want to make sure those children are able to survive this and are fed and safe. And that means you’re trying to act as fast as we can,” he says.

A pair of nonprofits say not enough people have taken advantage of their offer to help pay health insurance premiums.

“We’ve been able to find, I think, about a dozen people who we’re helping,” says Bruce Miller, the executive director of two nonprofits who together serve 18 northern Michigan counties.

Miller says the coverage is for people who have employer-sponsored healthcare, but who can’t afford to add their families to the plan. They also don’t qualify for subsidized plans under Obamacare. He calls it the “family glitch.”