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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people with shovels
Courtesy / Matthew Dae Smith / Lansing State Journal

The Lansing School District has officially launched the first in a series of school improvement projects funded by a 2016 bond issue. 

Ingham County Courthouse
WKAR File Photo

Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum says she’s confident in the security of today’s special election.  The county is trying to resolve a malware attack on its IT network first detected over the weekend.  

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Courtesy / flickr/League of Women Voters

Mid-Michigan voters will decide several bond proposals and millage renewals today. 


police officer driving car
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Lansing is bolstering its fight against crime. The city has become the latest to join the Michigan “Secure Cities” program. 


Allen County, Indiana Sheriff's Dept.

Former Michigan State University football player Auston Robertson has been arraigned in Ingham County on a sexual assault charge. 

Auston Robertson
Courtesy / msuspartans.com

Former Michigan State University football player Auston Robertson is due in Mason today arraigned on a criminal sexual conduct charge.


Auston Robertson
Courtesy / msuspartans.com

A Michigan State University football player has been formally charged with sexual assault following an April 9 incident in Meridian Township.  


public meeting
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Rep. Mike Bishop (R-Brighton) spent some time in Ingham County Thursday to meet with small groups of constituents.  The Republican congressman held a series of "listening sessions" in Stockbridge.

But a few people who felt left out believe their man in Washington isn't listening to them.


City of Flint water tower
Ben Gordon / flickr creative commons

The mayor of Flint recommended the Great Lakes Water Authority as a future source of drinking water for her city. It comes years after a pipe switch resulted in children ingesting lead from corroded pipes.

two girls playing
Catholic Diocese of Saginaw / flickr/Creative Commons

A new report from the Michigan League for Public Policy reveals some striking facts about the well-being on Michigan children.  In 2015, more than one in five children were living in poverty -- a 15 percent increase since 2008. 

council members
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

People who liked Lansing's "sanctuary city" status are upset that the council rescinded the status after only a week. 

bullet shells
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

The Michigan House is considering a series of bills that would alter the state’s firearms licensing system.  The legislation would remove the penalty against people who carry concealed pistols without a state-issued permit.  Supporters say Michigan citizens don’t need a license to exercise their Second Amendment right.

 


men with helmets
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

In the worlds of sports, TBI is becoming as familiar an acronym as NFL and NBA. Traumatic brain injury can abruptly end a player’s career.  On the playing field, it can be hard to tell the severity of the impact.  Now, a newly-marketed invention created by two Michigan State University chemists is helping to give those answers immediately.


portrait
courtesy / PBS

President Trump's proposed 2018 budget would eliminate all funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  CPB helps financially sustain public radio and television stations across the U.S., including WKAR.  PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger is trying to prevent that loss of funding. She speaks to the Detroit Economic Club on Friday.


drone and trees
Courtesy / flickr/Michael MK Khor

The United Nations recognizes March 22 as World Water Day.  Michigan State University is observing the event with a speaker series.  Dr. Bruno Basso, a University Foundation Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, uses drones to study how seed crops consume water. 

 


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