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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flickr/Ken

The Michigan Agri-Business Association is assessing crop damage in five counties hardest hit by last week’s flooding. 

 


man with mural
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

What was once a dark highway overpass will soon be awash in colorful light.

On Tuesday night, civic leaders will formally turn on the lights at the U.S. 127 bridge over Michigan Avenue.  That’s the spot many people in mid-Michigan view as a symbolic gateway linking Lansing and East Lansing.

 

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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

An Ingham County judge has ordered former MSU sports physician Larry Nassar to stand trial on 12 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. 

 


 

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Jeff Neville / Facebook page

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WKAR'S Reginald Hardwick breaks down the events of the lone wolf attack at Flint Bishop International Airport. 


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

The Lansing branch of Volunteers of America Michigan is one of the largest homeless services providers in the state.  Now, its director is getting  a promotion.  On July 1, Patrick Patterson will become the next president and CEO of Volunteers of America Michigan. 

 


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Courtesy / VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System

The Veterans Administration Healthcare System in Ann Arbor is holding a town hall to take questions from veterans about their medical care.


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flickr/Snapmann

Four Michigan congressmen will take the field tonight at Washington Nationals Park, one day after a gunman wounded five people at a practice game for the annual charity baseball game.  Rep. John Moolenaar (R-MI 4) will be among them.

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flickr/Carlos Gracia

The path of medical marijuana regulation in Michigan is a road full of potholes.  Since 2008, many local governments have struggled to enact ordinances to control medical marijuana production, safety and sales.  Starting in December, the state will begin accepting applications for medical marijuana dispensary licenses.  

 


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flickr/Democracy Chronicles

 

The petition drive to place legalized marijuana on the November 2018 ballot in Michigan is underway. 


river and buildings
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

The Flint River was once the site of buzzing auto factories and tranquil parks.  Urban planners are hoping a new project will bring people back to the river once again.  


cars on highway
WKAR File Photo

Michigan has no long-term plan to repair its crumbling infrastructure.  That’s the message a coalition of engineers, businesses and public policy experts is telling state lawmakers gathering this week on Mackinac Island.

woman and photograph
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

On this Memorial Day, WKAR is remembering all American veterans who've given their lives in the service of our country.  Today, we're proud to honor a U.S. Air Force officer from Lansing.


Hamilton Dam in Flint
Courtesy photo / Flint River Corridor Alliance

On Tuesday, WKAR and the Flint Institute of Arts will host a screening of a new PBS documentary on the Flint Water Crisis.  "Poisoned Water" is a new production from the acclaimed "NOVA" series. WKAR's Kevin Lavery spoke with NOVA senior executive producer Paula Apsell, who will be moderating the panel discussion at the screening.

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Wikimedia Commons

Michigan workers will keep a close eye on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) this summer, when the Trump administration prepares to renegotiate the 25-year-old deal.  Michigan's largest foreign trading partner says change is overdue.


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