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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Courtesy photo / MSU Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering

Michigan State University will hire 100 new faculty members to embark on a long-term effort to expand its scientific research profile. We talk with MSU’s Dr. Steven Hsu, Vice-President for Research and Graduate Studies, and Dr. Andrew Christlieb, chair of the new Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering.

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Angela Waters Austin / One Love Global

Lansing is one of about 200 cities that's taken up the White House's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative. We talk about the future of the My Brother's Keeper program in Lansing with Angela Waters Austin, director of the non-profit group One Love Global, and Men Making a Difference founder Andrew Brewer.

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Kevin Lavery / WKAR

The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring an eight-month long program to train the next generation of civic leaders. We talk with a coach and a participant of the first Leadership Lansing session, starting this month.

Roller coasters by the lake. Summer homes and resort hotels on the shore. If you’re picturing Cedar Point in Ohio, guess again. This was Haslett, Michigan more than 100 years ago. Current State examines the early days of Meridian Township with Jane Rose, executive director of the Meridian Historical Village and author of "Meridian Township."

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Courtesy photo / Nuns on the Bus Movie

Simone Campbell isn’t one to sit in the back of the bus. In fact, the politically-minded Catholic nun is something of an American folk hero. As executive director of the social justice lobby NETWORK, Sister Simone and her fellow nuns criss-cross the country speaking out for health care reform, immigrants rights and wage equality. Current State speaks with Sister Simone about her work.