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A message from Michigan Radio's Steve Schram

I am writing this to inform you that political commentator Jack Lessenberry is ending his relationship with Michigan Radio. His on-air commentaries for the station will end immediately, with his resignation effective July 31.

Like many of you, we recently learned of allegations of inappropriate behavior against Jack in his role as a Wayne State University lecturer. As a result of those allegations, Wayne State has begun an independent investigation into the accusations. Although Jack has denied any wrongdoing, he offered his resignation on Wednesday to “avoid distracting listeners from the fine work of Michigan Radio.” 

We appreciate the trust that listeners and donors place in Michigan Radio and personal and organizational integrity is an important part of that trust. While we are not aware of any complaints against Jack from our staff, Michigan Radio is committed to a workplace free of offensive or demeaning behavior and we take all reports of misconduct seriously.

We wish Jack the best in his future endeavors and thank him for his past service to the station.


Steve Schram

Executive Director & General Manager

Steve is Michigan Public's Marketing Director. His job involves coordinating the station’s marketing, communication and public relations efforts, special events, car donation program and community & media partnerships.