Rick Pluta has been the managing editor and state Capitol bureau chief since 1996. His beats include the Legislature and courts, as well as environmental and legal issues. Pluta has covered the Michigan Capitol since 1987. His radio work has aired on “Morning Edition,” “All Things Considered,” “Marketplace,” “Marketplace Money,” “Justice Talking,” and “Soundprint.”
Before joining MPRN, he covered the Capitol for WJR-AM in Detroit, The Oakland Press, and United Press International. His first full-time news job was with The Elizabeth (N.J.) Daily Journal. He has also written for The Chicago Tribune, The Toledo Blade, and some magazines and specialty publications. He is a lousy guitar player and an excellent parallel parker.
Jake Neher is a state Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network.
He joined MPRN in September of 2012. Before that he served as a reporter and anchor for WFUV Public Radio in the Bronx, New York, and as News Director for KBRW Public Radio in Barrow, Alaska. He has been working in radio in some capacity since he was 15 years old.
A native of southeast Michigan, Jake graduated from Central Michigan University in 2010. He has a master's degree in public communications from Fordham University.
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