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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HANDL photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

A team of students at Williamston High School is building an electronic device that helps people with autism or neurological impairments open their lockers. We look at Williamston’s Project HANDL.


Today on Current State: MSU uses a $2 million grant to help bolster K-12 education in Flint; the Michigan "swamp gas" UFO incident of 1966; the 2016 Kids Count survey and March Sadness descends on East Lansing.

Courtesy Michigan MUFON

The vernal equinox came and went quietly yesterday on a clear, blue Sunday in mid-Michigan.

But fifty years ago, the first day of spring in Michigan was not so quiet.

On March 20, 1966, dozens of people claimed to have spotted a UFO hovering around Dexter, MI, near Ann Arbor.

The next day, a similar report came out of Hillsdale.

The rash of sightings made national news, and even caught the attention of veteran newsman Walter Cronkite.

But what was the thing all those people saw?

Kevin Lavery / WKAR

In an election year, third party presidential candidates seldom get much attention. We talk about what third parties add to the national political discussion with Bill Mohr, chairman of the U.S. Taxpayers Party of Michigan.


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III faces 15 criminal counts, most of them involving soliciting prostitutes and pandering, a felony. We talk with Lansing City Pulse reporter Todd Heywood about the charges and how the City Pulse became aware of police concerns about Dunnings going back to last summer.


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Courtesy photo / MSU Cell and Molecular Biology

Stem cells are the raw materials the body uses to build any specific type of cell. Researchers at Michigan State University say they’ve found a new type of stem cell that may be used to regenerate healthy cells. Current State talks with Dr. Amy Ralston and graduate student Anthony Parenti.


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Courtesy photo / Brian Roth

You may not know his name, but you’ve probably heard his music. Michigan native Brian Roth made his career in L.A. composing TV and film scores for the likes of ABC and filmmaker Ken Burns. Now, he's back home and giving back to budding young musicians. Kevin Lavery visits the Roth Academy of Music in Grand Ledge.


Judge Steven Rhodes
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan / flickr creative commons

Current State talks with Judge Steven Rhodes, the new transition manager of the public school system in Detroit.


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Courtesy photo / www.berniesanders.com

Yesterday, Bernie Sanders brought his presidential campaign to the MSU campus. Current State's Kevin Lavery was there. We also talk with Matt Grossmann of the MSU Institute for Public Policy and Social Research about the campaigns, the debates and where the process may be headed.


Detroit house
Courtesy photo / http://auctions.buildingdetroit.org/home

Current State talks with Frank Altman of the Community Reinvestment Fund about the Detroit Home Mortgage Program.


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR

The new president of the American Farm Bureau, Zippy Duvall, is in Michigan this week. He speaks with Current State about the farming workforce, water rights and more.


Hannah Menne photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

There was plenty of horsing around this weekend at the MSU Pavilion. Thousands of people turned out for the 2016 Spartan Stampede Rodeo. Current State’s Kevin Lavery was there too.


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Eric Norris / Flickr Creative Commons

Nearly 20 years ago, the Michigan legislature established Michigan Virtual University to promote online education. We learn more from MVU president and CEO Jamey Fitzpatrick.


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR

When private buildings become public burdens, they’re usually demolished and sent to landfills. But what if there was a way to re-purpose those old materials when a building outlives its usefulness? That’s the idea behind “domicology.” Current State’s Kevin Lavery has the story.


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John Kasich / flickr

Ohio Gov. John Kasich received a strong welcome from a crowd at Michigan State University yesterday. Current State’s Kevin Lavery reports on Kasich’s stump speech at MSU.


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