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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.

Katie Heid

Anchor/News Director

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 UncomfortableGrace.com and enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons.

Cheryl Fritze

Radio News Anchor

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

Sports Reporter

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.

Our Affiliates

WBCK FM 95.3 Battle Creek News Talk
WAAM FM 90.1 Chelsea News Talk
WAAM AM 1600 Ann Arbor News Talk
WFNT AM 1470 Flint News Talk
WGLM AM 1380 Greenville Country
WGLM FM 106.3 Greenville Top 40
WBCH AM 1220 Hastings News Talk
WBCH FM 100.1 Hastings News Talk
WMIQ AM 1450 Iron Mountain News Talk
WKMI AM 1360 Kalamazoo News Talk
WJNL AM 1210 Kingsley News Talk
WJIM AM 1240 Lansing News Talk
WLCO AM 1570 Lapeer News Talk
WLDN FM 98.7 Ludington News/ Sports
WLCS FM 98.3 N. Muskegon Classic Hits

WMLQ FM 97.7 Manistee News Talk
WYPV FM 94.5 Mackinaw City News Talk
WDMJ AM 1320 Marquette News Talk
WMMI AM 830 Mt. Pleasant News Talk
WQXO AM 1400 Munising Oldies
WKLQ AM 1490 Muskegon News Talk
WVIB FM 100.1 Muskegon R&B
WLAW FM 92.5 Newaygo Country
WHAK AM 960 Rogers City News Talk
WJML AM 1110 Petoskey News Talk
WAKV AM 980 Plainwell Adult Standards
WWMN FM 106.3 Thompsonville News Talk
WJNL FM 101.3 Traverse City News Talk
WWSN FM 97.5 Whitehall Adult Contemporary
WCHY FM 97.7 Cheboygan News Talk/Hits