Capital News Service

of the Michigan State University School of Journalism


Lauren Walker is a journalism senior. She is a correspondent for the Clare Sentinel, Gladwin County Record and the Ludington Daily News. Lauren plans on pursuing a law degree after graduation from MSU. Contact Lauren at


Kathleen Loftus is a journalism major concentrating on editorial reporting.  She has written for Michigan State’s VIM fashion magazine and wants to pursue a career in public relations or magazine writing upon graduation.  Kathleen  is the correspondent for the Lansing State JournalAlpena NewsCounty Press (Lapeer) and the Brown City Banner.  Contact Kathleen at


Paige LaBarge is a journalism senior with an interest in magazine writing. Paige interned at the State News and also shadowed the editor-in-chief at Cosmo Girl in New York City. She currently works for the Odyssey greek newspaper at Michigan State University. She is from Wisconsin and hopes to move to a city and work at a magazine. Contact Paige at


Matt Walters is a journalism senior at Michigan State University from Royal Oak, MI.  He currently covers the Michigan Citizen, Macomb Daily, Royal Oak Tribune, and Jackson Citizen-Patriot.  He would like to work for a music magazine or become a professional musician after he graduates.


Dan Smallwood is a journalism senior with a specialization in political science and is the correspondent for the South Bend TribuneSturgis Journal and Three Rivers Commercial-News. He worked for the State News as its opinion writer and as a columnist, and later as a senior freelance writer for the paper. He hopes to work in political journalism following graduation, either online or in print. Contact Dan at


Yanan Chen is a graduate student in journalism with a specialization in environmental journalism. She is a correspondent for and the Big Rapids Pioneer and hopes to work for print media
or online news media after graduation. Contact Yanan at


Emma Ogutu is a 2nd-year master’s student in the environmental journalism program.  She is interested in health and environmental reporting.  Emma is a correspondent for Harbor Light, Petoskey News- Review and Traverse City Record Eagle.  She hopes to work for a nature conservation organization and write a book someday.   Contact Emma at


Sara Qamar is a journalism senior with a specialization in international development. She is a correspondent for the Grand Rapids Business Journal and The Daily News in Greenville. She would like to report on world affairs or work in the non-profit sector after graduation.


Jonathan Ganci is a journalism and business management senior. He hopes to pursue a law degree after graduation. Jon is a correspondent for the Holland Sentinel, Cheybogan Daily Tribune and the Blissfield Advance.


About CNS

CNS reporters cover state government — issues and personalities.

Covering stories of meaning to their member papers, they come in contact with the important newsmakers of the day, from the Supreme Court justices and the governor to members of the Legislature and the people who run the state government departments, to lobbyists and public-interest organizations.

Then they also talk with “real people” — the individual citizens and businesses in communities to get their reactions to what’s happening in Lansing.

In addition to weekly news stories, CNS students write in-depth articles on issues facing state government and their impact on taxpayers.
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