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

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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Imagine the pain of a pounding toothache. Now imagine driving up to 100 miles to get it fixed. That’s the situation that once faced some residents of a tiny town in the Upper Peninsula. Now, after a nearly two-year closure, the clinic is back in business, and so is the Lansing-area dentist who treks 300 miles one way to work there. We talk with Dr. Richard Martzke.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

We talk with journalist and MSU professor Eric Freedman about the election and environmental issues. He’s recently back from a week in Nairobi, Kenya.


Kevin Lavery / WKAR

It's Veterans Day, and we at WKAR would like to thank all service members, past and present, for their contributions to our country.

Of the more than 21 million U.S. military veterans, more than two million are women.

Despite their accomplishments, many women who've served feel marginalized and voiceless.  They say women in uniform have to work harder than men to gain respect.

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Courtesy photo / 'Invisible Wounds'

In World War One, soldiers called it “shell shock.” Today, the terminology is changing from PTSD to simply Post Traumatic Stress. As Veterans Day nears, we talk with the co-producers of a new MSU-produced film about veterans and the ongoing fight they live off the battlefield.


Brooke Allen

Mid-Michigan voters cast their ballots around the capital region today as Election 2016 entered its final hours.  WKAR's Brooke Allen caught up with several area residents who made their choices today, starting with a one Clinton supporter...

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Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with Lansing Lugnuts general manager Nick Grueser about the new upgrades to the playing field at Cooley Law School Stadium.


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It’s November already, and many of us are starting to think about Thanksgiving. It’s also the time of year when people think about donating to local food banks. One of mid-Michigan’s largest operations is trying new ways of targeting food to those most in need. We talk with Joe Wald of the Greater Lansing Food Bank.


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There are plenty of candidates on Michigan ballots this year, and election officials and volunteers want the public to make informed choices. We talk voter education with the co-presidents of the Lansing chapter of the League of Women Voters of Michigan.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Residents of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation are protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which is designed to carry a half a million barrels of oil each day across four states. We talk with two Native Americans from the MSU community who are watching the developments.


Many Michigan residents who suffered through watching their presidential candidate lose to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton this year are  taking a hard look at their choices on election day. We talk with a former Bernie Sanders supporter and a former John Kasich supporter, along with a local pollster who’s reading the data.


Current State talks with three actors involved in a revival of theatrical presentations of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."


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MSU Press

Current State talks with author Kevin P. Keefe about his book on the Pere Marquette 1225 locomotive in Owosso.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

The presidential election on November 8 could smash voter turnout records. We talk with Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum and Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope about their preparations.


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Michigan Supreme Court

The Michigan Senate has passed a bill that would create a funding board to help pay for infrastructure improvements in Flint. We talk with the Michigan Public Radio Network’s Cheyna Roth about that and the race for two seats on the Michigan Supreme Court.


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We talk with GOP Rep. Tom Barrett about his bid for re-election against the Democrat he narrowly defeated in 2014, Theresa Abed.


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