Kyle Norris is from Michigan and spent ten years as a host and reporter with Michigan Radio, the state’s largest NPR-affiliate. He lives in Seattle and works as a producer, reporter and educator.
Norris is known for his sound-rich style of storytelling and conversational, expressive tone. His stories are intimate and character-driven; he explores issues surrounding identity, health, religion, poverty, and arts & culture narratives.
His stories have appeared nationally on All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Marketplace, Here and Now, The Splendid Table, The Environment Report, and World Vision Report.
He currently works as a youth mentor and instructor for KUOW’s RadioActive program and as a producer with the podcast Battle Tactics For Your Sexist Workplace. He’s created an independent podcast with reporter Anna Boiko-Weyrauch called Finding Fixes that looks at solutions to the opioid epidemic in Snohomish County. The series was released in September 2018 and is supported with help from Solutions Journalism and InvestigateWest.
A Michigan artist is creating improvised sculptures out of merchandise inside big box stores. He wants to jolt people out of their everyday surroundings. But store workers have to clean up after him.
The Ruth Ellis Center in Highland Park, Mich., is making an effort to meet its clients where they are — on the dance floor, specifically with the dance form known as "vogue." From there, the center can connect them with counseling, health services, tutoring and clean clothes.
A program based out of Flint, Mich., teaches kids the fundamentals of songwriting and music production. The songs they write, however, are not your typical bubble-gum pop.
An innovative program in Kalamazoo, Mich., is giving children from under-served communities a chance to do something that so many other children take for granted: riding a bicycle. Kyle Norris of Michigan Radio reports.
Though largely forgotten, cartoonist Jackie Ormes lent a strong voice to black women in the decades leading up to the civil rights movement. She was a pioneer in her day, creating smart and independent heroines that challenged the period's stereotypes.