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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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Tannenbaum Farms in Mason has been a fixture in mid-Michigan for 40 years. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with co-owner Mel Koelling about this year’s tree harvest.


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WKAR File Photo

A new report out this week says Michigan should spend at least $4-billion each year for the next 20 years to patch up its aging public infrastructure. We talk about the recommendations with Mike Nystrom of the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association.


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR

It's been 75 years since the Japanese surprise attack at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. One of those fallen sailors grew up in mid-Michigan, and his final act of selflessness earned him our nation's highest military honor. Current State's Kevin Lavery recalls the life of Francis Flaherty, U.S. Navy.


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Hundreds of dogs will compete for glory and a few snacks this weekend at the Winterland Classic Cluster Dog Show at the MSU Pavillion. Current State’s Kevin Lavery has a preview of this long-running mid-Michigan tradition.


The area around the Frandor shopping center is the site of one of mid-Michigan’s most ambitious redevelopment projects. Part of the Red Cedar Renaissance plan would place public art in a re-vamped section of a stormwater drain. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with two organizers of the “Art In the Wild” project.


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WKAR File Photo

The Michigan Farm Bureau is busy planning its  priorities for 2017. We talk with the bureau’s policy development chair, Andy Hagenow.


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR

A retired Michigan State University professor takes us into the woods to listen to what nature has to say. He’s organizing an international conference at MSU this week on ecoacoustics. Current State’s Kevin Lavery has a report.


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR

With Thanksgiving marking the start of the traditional holiday season, we’re entering the peak time for charitable giving. 


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Courtesy photo

Current State talks with Michigan Democratic Party chairman Brandon Dillon about the election of Donald Trump and what's ahead for his party in the state.


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Courtesy photo / Mayor Virg Bernero

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and his cohort in Pittsburgh are in the steel city convening a new Manufacturing Task Force designed to spur job growth in advanced manufacturing. We ask the Mayor what’s involved and if he thinks Donald Trump wants to make manufacturing great again.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Imagine the pain of a pounding toothache. Now imagine driving up to 100 miles to get it fixed. That’s the situation that once faced some residents of a tiny town in the Upper Peninsula. Now, after a nearly two-year closure, the clinic is back in business, and so is the Lansing-area dentist who treks 300 miles one way to work there. We talk with Dr. Richard Martzke.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

We talk with journalist and MSU professor Eric Freedman about the election and environmental issues. He’s recently back from a week in Nairobi, Kenya.


Kevin Lavery / WKAR

It's Veterans Day, and we at WKAR would like to thank all service members, past and present, for their contributions to our country.

Of the more than 21 million U.S. military veterans, more than two million are women.

Despite their accomplishments, many women who've served feel marginalized and voiceless.  They say women in uniform have to work harder than men to gain respect.

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Courtesy photo / 'Invisible Wounds'

In World War One, soldiers called it “shell shock.” Today, the terminology is changing from PTSD to simply Post Traumatic Stress. As Veterans Day nears, we talk with the co-producers of a new MSU-produced film about veterans and the ongoing fight they live off the battlefield.


Brooke Allen

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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