Detroit Evening Report: May 11, 2022: MSU economist becomes first Black woman to serve on Fed’s board of governors

The Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C.


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Michigan State economist Lisa Cook has become the first Black woman to serve on the Federal Reserve’s board of governors in its 108-year history. Cook was approved on a narrow party-line vote of 51-50. Vice President Kamala Harris cast the tie-breaking vote. Senate Republicans argued that she is unqualified for the position, saying she doesn’t have sufficient experience with interest rate policy. Cook has a doctorate in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and has been a professor of economics and international relations at Michigan State since 2005.

Other headlines for May 11, 2022:

  • Detroit’s ACE department launches new app to identify murals, artists
  • Six new projects have been selected for funding through the Engage Detroit Workshops grant program
  • Duggan taps assistant police chief Todd Bettison as deputy mayor

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  • Tia Graham
    Tia Graham is a reporter and Weekend Edition Host for 101.9 WDET. She graduated from Michigan State University where she had the unique privilege of covering former President Barack Obama and his trip to Lansing in 2014.