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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Today on Current State: the Michigan Environmental Council's James Clift on Enbridge Line 5; the Durufle Requiem; MSU carves out national landscaping title; a review of "My Name is Lucy Barton," by Elizabeth Strout and the 150th anniversary of the Grand Army of the Republic.

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The Grand Army of the Republic fought the Confederacy in the Civil War.  When the war was over, thousands of soldiers kept the name and formed their own fraternal organization.  The G.A.R. cared for veterans and their families decades before the creation of the Veterans Administration. 

On April 6, 1866 – 150 years ago this week – Union soldiers who’d fought in the Civil War came together to form one of the world’s first veterans organizations.

Today on Current State: Michigan's economy impacts voter allegiance; an exhibit in Lansing highlights the education of Helen Keller; Gateway Youth Services and the A2SO performs Holst's "The Planets."

Today on Current State: the Detroit News' Nolan Finley on the fractured state of the GOP; helping trauma survivors through fashion; U-M study studies risks of oil spill in the Straits of Mackinac and the carillon at MSU's Beaumont Tower.

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There’s a lot of redevelopment happening in mid-Michigan.  Often, before anything new comes up, the old must be cleaned up.  Officials are using a $500,000 EPA grant to clean up and redevelop former brownfields.

Current State’s Mark Bashore talks with Keith Lambert with the Lansing Economic Area Partnership.

INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS:

How has the money been spent since the $500,000 grant was awarded one year ago?

Today on Current State: an MSU study on soil-based lead in Flint; the Capital City Film Festival; brownfield redevelopment in mid-Michigan and MSU coach Tom Izzo makes the Hall of Fame.

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Julian Van Dyke has been connected with Lansing’s Old Town arts scene for 20 years. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with the artist about his new exhibit in Old Town.


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This week, 11 participants of East Lansing's inaugural sobriety court class graduated from the program. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with District Court Judge Andrea Larkin.


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After more than five decades of political isolation, Cuba is building new ties with the United States. We talk with a Michigan State University professor and Cuba expert, as well as one of her students who’s recently returned from the island nation.


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On March 28, 1941, a small army of construction workers began clearing a five-square mile patch of land near Ypsilanti. The Willow Run bomber plant was the largest aircraft manufacturing facility ever built. Now, 75 years later, Willow Run’s proud legacy of innovation continues.


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A team of students at Williamston High School is building an electronic device that helps people with autism or neurological impairments open their lockers. We look at Williamston’s Project HANDL.


Today on Current State: MSU uses a $2 million grant to help bolster K-12 education in Flint; the Michigan "swamp gas" UFO incident of 1966; the 2016 Kids Count survey and March Sadness descends on East Lansing.

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The vernal equinox came and went quietly yesterday on a clear, blue Sunday in mid-Michigan.

But fifty years ago, the first day of spring in Michigan was not so quiet.

On March 20, 1966, dozens of people claimed to have spotted a UFO hovering around Dexter, MI, near Ann Arbor.

The next day, a similar report came out of Hillsdale.

The rash of sightings made national news, and even caught the attention of veteran newsman Walter Cronkite.

But what was the thing all those people saw?

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In an election year, third party presidential candidates seldom get much attention. We talk about what third parties add to the national political discussion with Bill Mohr, chairman of the U.S. Taxpayers Party of Michigan.


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Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III faces 15 criminal counts, most of them involving soliciting prostitutes and pandering, a felony. We talk with Lansing City Pulse reporter Todd Heywood about the charges and how the City Pulse became aware of police concerns about Dunnings going back to last summer.


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