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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Chris Thronson FRIB photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams continues to rise on the Michigan State University campus. MSU will shed some light on this gigantic project by hosting an open house this weekend. Current State’s Kevin Lavery tours the site.


Mike Yankowski photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

In November, the city of Lansing will ask its residents to renew a millage that currently funds police and fire services, plus road maintenance. We talk with Lansing Police Chief Mike Yankowski.


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Scott Penner / flickr creative commons

The Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame is coming to Dearborn next weekend to induct some big names in the industry. Its founder hopes to build his shrine in the hometown of Motown. Current State’s Kevin Lavery takes us on a tour through the history of R & B.


Kirtland's Warbler photo
Dan Kennedy / Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources

The Kirtland’s Warbler is an icon of northern Michigan.  With a brilliant yellow breast and distinctive song, the bird makes its home in young jack pine trees.  Once on the verge of extinction, a long-running conservation program is helping to restore the Kirtland’s Warbler population. Current State’s Kevin Lavery takes us up north in search of this endangered yet beloved bird.


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Aldan Morgan / flickr creative commons

It’s not easy to tell an elderly parent that it’s time for them to stop driving. We talk with Wynn Esterline of Home Instead Senior Care in East Lansing about the “Let’s Talk About Driving” program.


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR

The food truck phenomenon in America is often seen as a novelty, literally a vehicle to offer specialty cuisine or as a mobile culinary classroom, but a new truck getting ready to roll in Flint is at the heart of a much more basic mission. Current State’s Kevin Lavery reports on the impending debut of “Flint Fresh.”


Michael Beebe garden photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Current State’s Kevin Lavery reports on the inaugural Old Town Garden Tour this Sunday.


Poweshiek Skipperling photo
Dave Cuthrell / MSU Extension

A rare butterfly that once thrived on the Great Plains is fighting for its survival in Michigan. Current State’s Kevin Lavery braves the backcountry in search of the Poweshiek Skipperling.


Courtesy Ryan Latourette / Capitol Drones

Drones have been around for a long time.  The first true remote-controlled aircraft were developed a century ago.  Today, drones have evolved from reconnaissance patrols to recreational past times. 

Chris Riesbeck photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Medical marijuana has been legal in Michigan since 2009, and there’s currently an effort to legalize it for recreational use, but local governments across the state have struggled to create consistent laws to regulate cannabis. We talk with an advocate who envisions a national organization to set those standards.


Rev. Jeremy Hall photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

On Sunday, a new church held its first public meeting in Lansing. The First Cannabis Church of Logic and Reason is an agnostic group of followers bound together by their common enjoyment of marijuana. Current State’s Kevin Lavery takes us inside.


Flickr - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

All eight of the Great Lakes states have given their blessing to the city of Waukesha, Wisconsin to tap Lake Michigan for it's water supply. We talk with Great Lake commentator Gary Wilson and Grant Trigger, Michigan's representative to the talks.


State Christmas tree
WKAR photo

Somewhere in our state is a magnificent pine that will stand in full holiday glory later this year in front of the Michigan Capitol building in Lansing. We talk with Steve Doty of the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget, the agency leading the search for Michigan’s official Christmas tree.


M. Emin Kutay photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

MSU researcher Dr. Emin Kutay is looking for ways to use rubber from scrap tires in asphalt. Will his work lead to better roads in Michigan?

Katie Cook / WKAR

A new report finds that only one in eight Michigan children who are eligible for free and reduced lunches during the school year are participating in summer meal programs.  That means nearly 500,000 children are not accessing summer meals.  

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