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Katie Arvia

Katie Arvia
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Katie is a lifelong Lansing native who currently works full-time in marketing while also freelance reporting for The Lansing Journal. In 2015, she graduated with high honors from Saint Xavier University in Chicago with a BA in English, and she plans to pursue a Master's degree in the near future. Her favorite Lansing Journal assignments include coverage of TF South High School's walkout ("Demonstrating the possibilities") and her St. Patrick's Day interview with her grandma ("St. Patrick's Day traditions: reflections of an Irish granddaughter").

Family Nights begin at Lansing McDonald’s

Aiming to support family and community, the Lansing McDonald’s franchise has recently launched a series of fun, family-friendly events...

April 8 solar eclipse – what it is, and how to safely watch

On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will be visible from the United States, beginning over the Pacific Ocean, crossing North America...

Marlene Cook wins awards for Journal articles, nominated for “Communicator of Achievement”

By Katie Arvia — The latest honor in a successful career of journalism, Journal writer Marlene Cook has been nominated for a Communicator of Achievement...

Heather’s Foster Dogs has fostered over 700 pets in 10 years

Lansing resident is devoted to giving pets a better quality of life LANSING, Ill. (April 24, 2023) – For nearly a decade, a local nonprofit organization has been working tirelessly to help area animals in need. Founded by Lansing resident Heather Risser, Heather’s Foster Dogs has fostered and adopted out...

Lansing native to appear in Wheel of Fortune WWE Week

Ben Clark and Big E's episode to air Wednesday, March 29 LANSING, Ill. (March 24, 2023) – Fans of the long-running game show Wheel of Fortune are well-versed in the program’s many theme weeks. One theme, brand new in the Wheel world, is WWE Week, which will make its debut...

Chamber Candy Cane Hunt brings residents to businesses across Lansing

Finished hunters enter for a chance to win $100 at the Chamber Pancake Breakfast with Santa By Katie Arvia LANSING, Ill. (November 13, 2022) – Every year, the Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors a Pancake Breakfast with Santa. This year, they’ve added a fun, festive twist: an immersive Candy Cane...

Greco Nut & Candy’s Renee Ryan celebrates 40 years of satisfying sweet tooths

By Katie Arvia LANSING, Ill. (October 22, 2022) – A staple among Lansing’s diverse shopping options is Greco Nut & Candy, and one of Greco’s staples is Renee Ryan. A long-time employee, Ryan celebrated her 40th anniversary with Greco earlier this month. Her tenure began in Calumet City, at the...

When I See You aims to inspire children to enter medical field

Local authors hope children of color will be inspired to enter medical field By Katie Arvia LANSING, Ill. (October 10, 2022) – Two Chicago Southland authors are celebrating the release of their new children’s book, When I See You. The book, co-written by Dr. Mide Adeleye, MD, MPH, and Bria Jackson,...

How to run for office – first steps

By Katie Arvia LANSING, Ill. (October 4, 2022) – Lansing residents will be called to action this coming April for local elections. Though the election is still months away, now is the time for aspiring candidates to get started.Basic steps when running for office The Illinois State Board of Elections recommends...

‘Reading buddies’ and Community Bookshelf most recent projects of Ainsley Grant, Girl Scout extraordinaire

Lansing teen on track to earn Gold Award, greatest Girl Scout honor By Katie Arvia LANSING, Ill. (September 30, 2022) – Since its founding in 1912, the Girl Scouts have been making a lasting impact on its members and their communities, and Lansing is no exception. For more than a decade,...