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

Dan Kildee photo
Courtesy photo / Cong. Dan Kildee

Flint Cong. Dan Kildee says all Americans should be focused on the water emergency in his city. Today, Pres. Barack Obama spends the afternoon in Flint. We talk Cong. Kildee about the visit and about his proposal for tougher federal lead standards for drinking water.


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How do children cope with having a parent behind bars? A new study from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds 10 percent of Michigan children have an incarcerated parent. We talk about the impact on families -and potential solutions- with Alicia Guevara Warren of the Michigan League for Public Policy.

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Michigan State University photo

Michigan State University's “Tomorrow” campaign seeks to explain complex scientific research in more accessible terms.

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Scott Pohl / WKAR

On May 3, Lansing residents will vote on a proposed $120-million millage designed to upgrade the city school district. We learn more about the Lansing Pathways Promise from superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul.


Pop-Up Stories: 'Hidden Genius'

Apr 14, 2016
Jeffery Ford
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR

We have another Pop-Up story from our most recent storytelling event. The theme of the evening was “lucky break.” Today’s selection is from Jeffery Ford, who showed the world he was something far greater than most people thought. 

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Brian Wheeler / Consumers Energy, Inc.

Consumers Energy is working with MSU to build a new substation that will power the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams. At the same time, the utility is retiring seven outdated coal-fired power plants in Michigan. We talk about these issues with Consumers Energy Vice President Garrick Rochow.


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Bob Shrader / flickr creative commons

Red oak trees turn a beautiful, fiery shade every autumn. But sadly, some of those trees die in the middle of summer because of an invasive species. We talk with a forester and an invasive species expert about this problem.


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.

Kevin Lavery, WKAR

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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Kevin Lavery / WKAR

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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Courtesy photo / 54B District Court

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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