Kevin Lavery

News Reporter and Host

Kevin Lavery is a general assignment news reporter and produces news features and interviews for Current State. He's also an alternate local host on NPR's "Morning Edition."

Prior to coming to WKAR in 2006, Lavery was a reporter at KWMU in St. Louis, Missouri, covering local politics, government, and biotechnology issues.

Lavery's journalism career began in the Navy. He studied journalism at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indiana; worked as news director and television producer for American Forces Network-Japan; and served in Antarctica as radio program director at the McMurdo Station Research Facility on Ross Island.

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ship on ocean
Courtesy / U.S. Navy

One of the most famous incidents of the Vietnam War didn't happen in Vietnam.

 

On January 23, 1968, the USS Pueblo was conducting a surveillance mission off the coast of North Korea when it was seized.  More than 80 men were captured and held prisoner for nearly a year. 

 

One of those men was Michigan native Richard Bame. 

 

WKAR's Kevin Lavery met Mr. Bame at the VA hospital in Ann Arbor to hear his story.

 


two war veterans
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Dozens of Michigan National Guard troops welcomed a Vietnam veteran and Medal of Honor recipient Tuesday at a ceremony in Lansing. 

 


husband and wife on farm
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

UPDATE filed by Cheyna Roth of the Michigan Public Radio Network:

A mid-Michigan farmer that was denied an application to the 2017 East Lansing farmer's market can go to the market for the rest of the 2017 season. The farmer sued the city when he was denied a spot. The city said the farmer's Facebook posts saying the farm would not host same sex marriages went against a city ordinance. The farmer says, this violates his free speech and free exercise of religion. The farmer asked for an order from the judge saying he could sell produce at the market while the case is underway. The judge granted the request saying the farmer has a "substantial likelihood of success" on at least one of his claims.

man in capital
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Lt. Jeff Neville, the Flint airport policeman severely wounded in a thwarted terrorist attack on June 21, is being honored for his swift response by the Michigan House of Representatives. 

 


troops with helicopter
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Three weeks after sending troops to Texas to respond to Hurricane Harvey, the Michigan National Guard is now deploying 1,100 soldiers to Florida. 

 


artist rendering
Courtesy / Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Commission

In Michigan, more than 500 law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty in the state's history. 

 

There’s no statewide memorial to fallen Michigan police, but an effort to create one has lagged for years. 

 

Now, that dream appears closer to reality.

 


orange shopping carts
flickr/Polycart / flickr/Creative Commons

A new online grocery service is making its debut in the Lansing area. 

 


people at podium
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

The city of Lansing is joining the American Red Cross and other service agencies to launch a relief effort for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. 


Courtesy U.S. House of Representatives

Hurricane Harvey temporarily muted some other key national issues in the last few weeks, but they haven't gone away.  As Congress returns to work this week, one issue before its members will be President Trump’s vow to ban transgender recruits from the military.  WKAR’s Kevin Lavery asks U.S. Representative Dan Kildee (D-MI) of Flint if Congress could act to override the commander-in-chief’s proposal.


congressman and water bottles
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Congress returns to work Tuesday after a month-long recess.  The mounting cost of Hurricane Harvey will undoubtedly be on lawmakers’ minds as they set to work on the 2018 federal budget.  WKAR's Kevin Lavery talks with U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (MI-5) of Flint to talk about the task of crafting a national funding strategy.


 

soldier and helicopter
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

More than 20 troops from the Michigan National Guard are leaving for Texas to help assist in the massive rescue and recovery operation following what’s now become Tropical Depression Harvey. 

 


silk threads under microscope
Courtesy / Kraig Biocraft Laboratories

If you’re a fan of Marvel superheroes, you know the story.

Boy meets spider.

Spider bites boy.

Boy develops extraordinary powers.

Boy designs uber-cool spider suit. 

Now, imagine a tough, protective suit worn by real-life heroes that actually comes from a spider. 

 


solar panels
flickr/David Goehring

The Lansing Board of Water and Light is kicking off the construction of what will become the second-largest utility project in Michigan. 

 


men on kayaks
Mark Mulligan / Houston Chronicle via AP

The American Red Cross is sending dozens of volunteers from Michigan to assist in the Hurricane Harvey relief effort. 

 

 


Mike Bishop photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Health and environmental officials in Michigan are calling on Republican Rep. Mike Bishop to vote against President Trump’s proposed 2018 budget. 

 


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