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

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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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Law enforcement officers in mid-Michigan are expanding their efforts to help care for victims of opioid addiction.


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flickr/shawn rossi

Two days after a deadly attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, President Donald Trump denounced the actions of white supremacist groups.  The president largely criticized for failing to blame them specifically in the hours after the incident.

 

WKAR’s Kevin Lavery speaks with Dr. Ron Hall, a professor of social work at Michigan State University, about what motivates people to join hate groups. 

 


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

The 2017 Great Lakes Folk Festival gets underway at 6 pm Friday.  Stage crews are checking their wires and vendors their wares before it all begins.  WKAR’s Kevin Lavery strolled around downtown East Lansing to check it out.

 

 

Phil Denny photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Lansing saxophonist/recording artist Phil Denny will host his inaugural Smooth Jazz Fete on Saturday, August 11. He talked with WKAR's Kevin Lavery about the lineup, venue and music on "Morning Edition."


Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

The Jackson County Animal Shelter is back in business after closing earlier this week because of a contagious canine illness.

 


WKAR File Photo

Democrats Andy Schor and Judi Brown Clarke will face each other in November in a contest that will decide which one will become the next mayor of Lansing.


Front of Lansing City Hall building
WKAR Photo / WKAR-MSU

Lansing City Pulse publisher Berl Schwartz talked with WKAR's Kevin Lavery a day before the August 8, 2017 Lansing Mayoral Primary. He talked about the expected turnout for the mayoral and city council candidate races. 

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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI) was back home in Flint Thursday to see how the city is continuing to recover from its ongoing water crisis.

 


 

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WKAR File Photo

All this week, WKAR has reported on the 50th anniversary of the 1967 uprising in Detroit.  The disturbance brought many civil rights issues to the forefront...beliefs and values that extended far beyond Detroit.


Detroit street
Detroit Public Television / DPTV

Fifty years ago today, Detroit was in devastation.

 

The police raid of an after-hours bar on July 23, 1967 triggered a massive wave of arson, looting and sniper fire across much of the city.

 

The Detroit Police Department, the Michigan State Police, the Michigan National Guard and even U.S. Army troops were deployed to bring order to Detroit.  Their presence, however, only seemed to escalate the anger.

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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

In the early 1960’s, Detroit had one of the highest standards of living in the country. 

But not everyone shared in the wealth. 

In 1967, Detroit’s undercurrent of unrest burst to the surface.  The riot that began on July 23 was the start of the worst civil disturbance in American history. 

 


Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

The Capitol region communities of Charlotte and Potterville experienced a power outages following overnight storms, and businesses are working to adapt.  


political candidates
Skyler Ashley / WKAR-MSU

Four candidates vying to become the next mayor of Lansing fielded questions on city issues at a public forum Thursday night.

 


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