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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Courtesy / U.S. Dept. of Interior

The U.S. Supreme Court began its new term last week with a case that’s destined to make history.  For the first time, the court will decide if partisan gerrymandering is, in fact, constitutional. 

In the meantime, a citizens group in Michigan is hoping to bypass the traditional legislative process and put the job back in the hands of the people.

 


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This week, the Michigan Humanities Council kicks off the 2017 Great Michigan Read.  It’s a statewide literacy program that encourages people to learn more about our Michigan culture by reading a selected book. 

 

This year’s choice is “X: A Novel,” by Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of civil rights activist Malcolm X.

 


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WKAR File Photo

In the wake of Sunday’s deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas, Michigan law enforcement agencies are reminding the community to be aware of their surroundings at public venues.


 

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The Williamston Community Schools will take public comments Monday evening on a proposal regarding accommodations for transgender students. 

 


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

In January 1973, the Paris Peace Accords brought a formal end to the Vietnam War.  But in April 1975, the North Vietnamese Army ignored the terms of the treaty and captured Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam. 

As the army approached, the U.S. hastily evacuated some 6,000 American citizens and South Vietnamese nationals.  Many climbed a ladder on the roof of the American embassy to flee by helicopter.  That ladder is on display at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids. 


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

More than 52,000 Americans died in the Vietnam War.  Virtually all who survived came home with some level of emotional trauma.  Decades after the fall of Saigon, thousands of veterans continue to live with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 

 


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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.

 


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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. 

 


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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.

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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. 

 


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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. 

 


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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.

 


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

 


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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.


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