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.

Ways to Connect

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Courtesy / City of Lansing

WKAR's Kevin Lavery talks with Lansing Mayor Andy Schor about his first two weeks in office and some upcoming issues.

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We look ahead to what the Michigan legislature will tackle in 2018; the remarkable singing career of Anita Baker as she prepares for a farewell tour; Jackson's new mayor Derek Dobies; MSU's top ranking in college basketball; an East Lansing place where you can volunteer and more. 


man with bees
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Scientists say one in every three foods we eat is in some way linked with bees.  Aside from making honey, this tiny insect is responsible for pollinating a wide range of fruits and vegetables.  New research led by Michigan State University has  led to the first complete record of every known bee species in the state. 

 

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Courtesy / Lansing Board of Water and Light

The Lansing Board of Water and Light is announcing its biggest-ever project.  The utility will build a new natural gas plant in Delta Township. 

 


homeless shelter
WKAR File Photo

Subzero temperatures are expected in Mid-Michigan over the next 24 hours, so the region’s largest homeless shelter is preparing to house more people than usual. 

 


Gretchen Whitmer photo
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan / flickr creative commons

Michigan gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer is calling on Attorney General Bill Schuette to launch an independent investigation into Michigan State University’s handling of the Larry Nassar case. 

 


clock tower and moon
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

The human body’s circadian rhythm – our inner clock -- regulates our sleep cycle, digestion and temperature.  All those functions can be heavily impacted by sunlight.  In the winter, people who live in the more northerly latitudes like Michigan sometimes feel a bit unhappy when the skies grow dark.  The condition is aptly named SAD: Seasonal Affective Disorder.

 


woman in mosque
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

The founder of America’s largest Arab American newspaper is condemning President Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

 


hospital sign
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

One of mid-Michigan’s largest health care systems will collaborate with Michigan State University to build a new hospital in south Lansing. 

 


police officer and dog
Amanda Barberena / WKAR-MSU

In the animal world, the canine sense of smell is the stuff of legends.  A few specially trained dogs can find explosives that are being carried by a person in motion...and they can do it among huge crowds of people.

 


On the December 2-3, 2017 edition of Current State we explore everything from sexual misconduct investigations to why high speed broadband is scarce in some parts of Michigan to special K-9's to new safety equipment for Michigan drivers this winter.

construction site
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

The Lansing Board of Water and Light has started work on a new project.  The utility will build a seven-mile electricity transmission line designed to provide more reliable service for customers on the north and west sides of its service territory.  The West Side Improvement Project is part of a larger initiative the BWL calls “Lansing Energy Tomorrow.” 

 


WKAR Staff: "What We Are Thankful For"

Nov 22, 2017
WKAR-MSU

This is Thanksgiving week 2017. WKAR hosts, reporters, interns and more are sharing what they're thankful for and a favorite word associated with "Thanksgiving."


congressmen in building
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

One-third of Michigan’s Republican congressional delegation was in Lansing Monday to tout the newly passed House tax reform bill.

 


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