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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Philip Parmelee photo
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In the history of aviation, Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart get most of the glory as pioneering pilots. But this year, as you’re getting ready to ship your Christmas gifts to loved ones far away, take a moment to think about a hometown hero.  Current State’s Kevin Lavery brings you the story of Philip Parmelee, who made the very first air cargo flight.

man smoking electronic cigarette
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Health care providers say there’s been a big spike in the number of minors using electronic cigarettes in recent years.  The Ingham County Health Department wants to require e-cigarette vendors to obtain a tobacco license and refuse sales to those under 18.  Current State talks with Ingham Health Officer Linda Vail about the proposal, which could go before the county commission next week.     

Dana Nessel photo
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Dana Nessel is the attorney who represented April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse in their legal fight to jointly adopt their children. Their case became part of the U-S Supreme Court’s watershed ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. Current State talks with Nessel about a ballot campaign to provide LGBT protections under the Michigan constitution.

Dr. Dele Davies photo
Courtesy photo / The Davies Project

Parents who care for chronically ill children face enormous challenges. Often, simply getting their child to the doctor or hospital is one of them. A program in Lansing seeks to connect volunteer drivers with families in need, but organizers say their work is about more than mere transportation. We talks with two members of The Davies Project.

Michigan Avenue Tower photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

There’s an old, rundown wooden building in mid-Michigan that’s part of local train lore, and the Lansing Model Railroad Club wants to save it from destruction. Current State’s Kevin Lavery has the story.