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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Darnell Earley photo
Michigan Municipal League / flickr creative commons

Were the recent “sickouts” staged by dozens of Detroit Public School teachers actually an illegal strike? 

David Hollister, Mark Bashore, Eric Scorsone photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

In his annual State of the City report, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero said the city is financially strong. But that’s in the short term. Officials say in the coming year, Lansing must gain control of its $600-million in unfunded retiree health care and pension debt. Wel talk with two members of the Lansing Financial Health Team.


Plumber's union sign
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

The Flint Water Crisis is impacting thousands of people in the city. Some can’t afford or are unable to install new faucets and filters that could screen out lead. On Saturday, some 400 plumbers from across the state volunteered their time to help a city in need. Current State’s Kevin Lavery reports from Flint.


Windmills at sunset
Portland General Electric / flickr creative commons

Michigan business leaders will meet in Detroit on Tuesday to study advanced energy. Can renewable energy be good for the environment and the economy? We talk with two business energy experts.


Today on Current State: the Flint Water Crisis dominates our January Month in Review; a Lego exhibition in Jackson; a travel resource for persons with disabilities; and Sally Potter returns for our Live Music Friday.

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