Join WGVU Public Media on Saturday, March 10 at 11 a.m. for Brunch at the Gardens: A Toast With Your NPR Hosts as we honor the work of our local NPR team with special guest, NPR Newscaster, Lakshmi Singh.

Guests will enjoy highlights from some of our favorite stories of the past year as well as giving our hosts a chance to discuss what stories have them excited about 2018. We’re excited to have Shelley Irwin of The Morning Show and Jennifer Moss of Morning Edition West Michigan sit down for a conversation with Lakshmi Singh about the importance of local and national news partnerships as well as the issues facing media outlets today.

$75 ticket includes 3 drink vouchers, brunch buffet, silent auction, admission to the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park after the event (it’s butterfly time!).

Proceeds benefit WGVU 88.5/95.3 FM, your local NPR station.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is located at 1000 E. Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Photo credit: Stephen Voss / NPRedit: Lakshmi Singh is midday newscaster for NPR.

Special Guest NPR's Lakshmi Singh

Lakshmi Singh is midday newscaster for NPR. She joined NPR's award-winning Newscast Unit in 2000. Singh's experience extends beyond the studio booth to domestic and international field reporting. From comprehensive coverage of the infamous sniper shootings in the Washington, DC, area to in-depth feature reporting on immigration from both sides of the border, Singh's stories reflect the magic of radio. In her pieces, Singh tries to get the right mix of rich sound and descriptive narrative to transport listeners to a place hidden deep in one's imagination. That was never more challenging for Singh than during her time in Haiti as a documentary producer for Soundprint. She uncovered compelling stories of women struggling to live with HIV/AIDS while their politically embattled government in Haiti was on the verge of collapse. As a regular contributor to NPR's Latino USA, Singh is passionate about issues that affect Hispanics today. The diversity questions Singh has faced due to her biracial background (Singh's mother is Puerto Rican, her father is from Trinidad) have led her to take unconventional approaches to many stories.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is located at 1000 E. Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525