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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Fort Mackinac photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

At the end of the War of 1812, the British fort on Mackinac Island was returned to the United States. This weekend, the Mackinac State Historic Parks system is celebrating Fort Mackinac’s bicentennial.


Donna Rich Kaplowitz photo
Courtesy MSU Residential College in the Arts and Humanities

MSU professor Donna Rich Kaplowitz visited the South Carolina church where nine people were slain last month just hours before the shootings. She offers her thoughts on the current state of race relations in America.


book cover
Courtesy Harper Collins

Our book reviewer Scott Southard dives into the much anticipated "Go Set A Watchman" by Harper Lee.

After Harper Lee published her iconic novel To Kill a Mockingbird, one of America’s most beloved authors became one of its most reclusive. She never published again. But last year, Lee’s attorney found a manuscript of Lee’s first novel, Go Set a Watchman, which takes place 30 years after Mockingbird. Our book reviewer Scott Southard gives us his take on Lee’s first novel in over 50 years.

The state is cutting ties with Aramark and starting fresh with a new company to provide food service to Michigan prisons. Current State talks with Michigan Public Radio Network Statehouse Bureau Chief Rick Pluta.


Lansing home demolition
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Ingham County officials are using a $6-million federal grant to remove more than 200 blighted homes around the city. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with county land bank executive director Jeff Burdick.


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