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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Mid-Michigan voters cast their ballots around the capital region today as Election 2016 entered its final hours. WKAR's Brooke Allen caught up with several area residents who made their choices today, starting with a one Clinton supporter...

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Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with Lansing Lugnuts general manager Nick Grueser about the new upgrades to the playing field at Cooley Law School Stadium.

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It’s November already, and many of us are starting to think about Thanksgiving. It’s also the time of year when people think about donating to local food banks. One of mid-Michigan’s largest operations is trying new ways of targeting food to those most in need. We talk with Joe Wald of the Greater Lansing Food Bank .

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There are plenty of candidates on Michigan ballots this year, and election officials and volunteers want the public to make informed choices. We talk voter education with the co-presidents of the Lansing chapter of the League of Women Voters of Michigan.

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Residents of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation are protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which is designed to carry a half a million barrels of oil each day across four states. We talk with two Native Americans from the MSU community who are watching the developments.

Many Michigan residents who suffered through watching their presidential candidate lose to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton this year are taking a hard look at their choices on election day. We talk with a former Bernie Sanders supporter and a former John Kasich supporter, along with a local pollster who’s reading the data.

Current State talks with three actors involved in a revival of theatrical presentations of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."

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Current State talks with author Kevin P. Keefe about his book on the Pere Marquette 1225 locomotive in Owosso.

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The presidential election on November 8 could smash voter turnout records. We talk with Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum and Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope about their preparations.

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The Michigan Senate has passed a bill that would create a funding board to help pay for infrastructure improvements in Flint. We talk with the Michigan Public Radio Network’s Cheyna Roth about that and the race for two seats on the Michigan Supreme Court .

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We talk with GOP Rep. Tom Barrett about his bid for re-election against the Democrat he narrowly defeated in 2014, Theresa Abed .

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Michigan is in the midst of a growing opioid abuse crisis. We talk with two medical professionals who see the opioid crisis firsthand.

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Two years ago, Democratic State Rep. Theresa Abed lost her seat in Michigan’s 71st House district by less than 150 votes. Now, Abed is trying to reclaim her spot at the Capitol.

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Do you love Halloween but hate the sticker shock of elaborate costumes and decor? Why not try a do-it-yourself approach? We talk with Steve Sneed, co-founder of How To Halloween , a family friendly event this weekend at the Lansing Center. Halloween is a booming retail business in America. Every October, all sorts of seasonal stores rise up out of the proverbial pumpkin patch with an assortment of masks, costumes and Gothic horror decor. Sometimes, just seeing the price tag at the cash...

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New Jersey Democrat Cory Booker turned a lot of heads during his tenure as the mayor of Newark. His popularity helped propel him into the U.S. Senate in 2013. We talk with Sen. Booker about stumping for Hillary Clinton in Michigan.

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