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

congressman and water bottles
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Congress returns to work Tuesday after a month-long recess.  The mounting cost of Hurricane Harvey will undoubtedly be on lawmakers’ minds as they set to work on the 2018 federal budget.  WKAR's Kevin Lavery talks with U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (MI-5) of Flint to talk about the task of crafting a national funding strategy.


 

soldier and helicopter
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

More than 20 troops from the Michigan National Guard are leaving for Texas to help assist in the massive rescue and recovery operation following what’s now become Tropical Depression Harvey. 

 


silk threads under microscope
Courtesy / Kraig Biocraft Laboratories

If you’re a fan of Marvel superheroes, you know the story.

Boy meets spider.

Spider bites boy.

Boy develops extraordinary powers.

Boy designs uber-cool spider suit. 

Now, imagine a tough, protective suit worn by real-life heroes that actually comes from a spider. 

 


solar panels
flickr/David Goehring

The Lansing Board of Water and Light is kicking off the construction of what will become the second-largest utility project in Michigan. 

 


men on kayaks
Mark Mulligan / Houston Chronicle via AP

The American Red Cross is sending dozens of volunteers from Michigan to assist in the Hurricane Harvey relief effort. 

 

 


Mike Bishop photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Health and environmental officials in Michigan are calling on Republican Rep. Mike Bishop to vote against President Trump’s proposed 2018 budget. 

 


three police officers
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Law enforcement officers in mid-Michigan are expanding their efforts to help care for victims of opioid addiction.


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flickr/shawn rossi

Two days after a deadly attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, President Donald Trump denounced the actions of white supremacist groups.  The president largely criticized for failing to blame them specifically in the hours after the incident.

 

WKAR’s Kevin Lavery speaks with Dr. Ron Hall, a professor of social work at Michigan State University, about what motivates people to join hate groups. 

 


workers with equipment
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

The 2017 Great Lakes Folk Festival gets underway at 6 pm Friday.  Stage crews are checking their wires and vendors their wares before it all begins.  WKAR’s Kevin Lavery strolled around downtown East Lansing to check it out.

 

 

Phil Denny photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Lansing saxophonist/recording artist Phil Denny will host his inaugural Smooth Jazz Fete on Saturday, August 11. He talked with WKAR's Kevin Lavery about the lineup, venue and music on "Morning Edition."


Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

The Jackson County Animal Shelter is back in business after closing earlier this week because of a contagious canine illness.

 


WKAR File Photo

Democrats Andy Schor and Judi Brown Clarke will face each other in November in a contest that will decide which one will become the next mayor of Lansing.


Front of Lansing City Hall building
WKAR Photo / WKAR-MSU

Lansing City Pulse publisher Berl Schwartz talked with WKAR's Kevin Lavery a day before the August 8, 2017 Lansing Mayoral Primary. He talked about the expected turnout for the mayoral and city council candidate races. 

congressman and water bottles
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI) was back home in Flint Thursday to see how the city is continuing to recover from its ongoing water crisis.

 


 

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