Mackinac Center Communications Specialist Kathy Hoekstra will guest-host “The Frank Beckmann Show” on WJR 760AM on Monday, May 9. The show can be heard live from 9 a.m. to noon.

“I’ve long been a fan of Frank Beckmann and his show, so it is a real honor to fill in for him,” Hoekstra said. “He secures top-notch guests, and his listeners know they have to tune in to stay up to date on the latest news in Michigan and across the country.”

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Hoekstra spent 15 years in broadcast journalism before joining the Center in 2008. For more than three years, she was an anchor and reporter for radio stations in Port Huron and Saginaw, and she worked for nearly 12 years as a reporter and an anchor in television news in the Saginaw-Flint market. A graduate of the University of Michigan, she is a Hall of Fame member of the Specs Howard School of Broadcasting.

Confirmed guests for the show include online media entrepreneurs Andrew Breitbart of and Henry Payne of The Detroit News’ Michigan View. Hoekstra will also interview Dr. Christine Beardsley, superintendent of Oscoda Area Schools, about her district’s innovative merit-pay system.

A comprehensive list of Hoekstra’s work for the Mackinac Center appears here.