Fair and Accurate Journalism for Michigan
Great Lakes News is dedicated to enriching the conversation with accurate, timely, and essential reporting.
We help citizens more fully understand the issues in our great state, one story at a time.
Shadrach Strehle is the Senior Capitol Reporter for Great Lakes News and helped launch the website greatlakesnews.org. He graduated from Hillsdale College where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in History and Journalism. While at Hillsdale, Shadrach wrote for the student newspaper and was the Program Director of the student radio station WRFH Radio Free Hillsdale 101.7. While under his leadership, the station won the Michigan Association of Broadcaster’s prestigious “College Station of the Year” award. In his free time, Shadrach plays the bass guitar and produces his own audio documentaries.
Katie Heid works as an anchor and news director of Great Lakes News and has been with the company since its launch in 2015. She’s a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University and holds a Master’s Degree from the prestigious Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She’s a former disc jockey, television reporter, and college professor. Katie also works as a member of her church's speaking team and serves as its communications coordinator. When she’s not scouring the state for news, she blogs at www.uncomfortablegrace.com and enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons.
Cheryl Fritze is a radio news anchor for Great Lakes News Network, as well as a television commercial spokesperson, voice over artist and public speaker throughout the state of Michigan. Cheryl is a former evening news anchor, reporter and assignment editor at WLNS TV 6, the CBS affiliate in Lansing. Cheryl is the former co-host of 'The Morning Blend' on Fox 47, and radio talk show host of 'Fritze and Friends' on WILS, as well as co-host of ‘The Michigan Gourmet’ on WKAR. Cheryl has been called upon by the Ingham County Circuit Court to coordinate media for high profile trials. A graduate of Hillsdale College, Cheryl began her career in media as a disc jockey at WIBM in Jackson, Michigan.
Shawn Liverance graduated from Northern Michigan University before embarking on nearly a 20-year career in the journalism field. He worked for 17 years as a sportswriter for The Muskegon Chronicle mainly focusing on high school sports. He then joined MLive Media Group’s high school sports desk as a sportswriter before joining The Local Sports Journal, a website that focuses on local high school sports in the Muskegon, Michigan area. You can hear Shawn on the radio every Friday night as part of The High School Football Game of the Week on WLCS 98.3 FM co-hosting both the pre-game and post game studio shows.