Meet Our Staff

Rick Pluta

Rick Pluta

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.
  Colin Jackson

Colin Jackson

Colin Jackson joined the Michigan Public Radio Network as a Capitol bureau reporter in September of 2021.  Prior to MPRN, he was a reporter and Morning Edition host at WKYU in Bowling Green, KY. Colin grew up in nearby Okemos, graduated from Michigan State University and interned for a while at WDET in Detroit. He also has experience as a host and producer with Townsquare Media in Lansing, Michigan and Impact 89FM in East Lansing.

Colin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Relations & Policy and Spanish from MSU.



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Rick Pluta: 517-899-3596

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