Kevin Lavery

News Director

Kevin Lavery has been news director at WKAR since September 2006.

Just prior to coming to WKAR as news director, 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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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
12:01 am
Mon February 27, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Unemployed Veterans Need Help Transitioning to Civilian Careers

Michigan Army National Guard Captain Amanda Falor is working on a master's degree in management. She says civilian employers sometimes find it difficult to understand her experiences in the military.
Kevin Lavery WKAR

The military is a unique sub-culture of American life: it speaks in acronyms, it has its own justice system, and it places great responsibility on its members.  Yet despite their high level of training, thousands of veterans who leave the military struggle to find a job.  A new initiative in mid-Michigan is designed to bring warriors to the workplace. 

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NewsRoom
4:33 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Byrum Announces Candidacy for Ingham County Clerk

Democratic State Rep. Barb Byrum (left) will run for Ingham County Clerk in August. Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope is expected to announce his candidacy later this year.
Kevin Lavery WKAR

State Representative Barb Byrum (D-Onondaga) is announcing her candidacy for Ingham County Clerk.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Mid-Michigan Voters Add Steam to Primary Pressure Cooker

Kevin Lavery WKAR

The battle among Republicans in next week's GOP primary has created a pressure cooker in Michigan.  

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NewsRoom
3:17 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Lansing Promise To Offer Scholarships This Fall

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Starting this fall, leaders of the Lansing Promise Zone will offer college scholarships to high school graduates who live within the Lansing School District.  The program applies at two local institutions. 

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In Michigan
4:17 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Merchant to lead community playground rebuild

East Lansing, MI – Civic leaders in East Lansing are appealing to residents to renovate a playground in a popular city park. They've set an ambitious fundraising goal.

In 1995, East Lansing residents built a playground in Patriarche Park. It was later realized that the pressure-treated wood contained levels of arsenic. No children are known to have been injured, but now civic leaders are spearheading an effort to raise $400,000 over the coming year to replace the equipment with safer materials.

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NewsRoom
2:16 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Lansing to host inaugural marathon April 22

Organizers in Lansing are counting down to April, when the city will hold its inaugural marathon.  

The Lansing Marathon will take place April 22 and cover a standard 26.2 mile course.  The race will start outside the Accident Fund Insurance building in downtown Lansing, cross into East Lansing near Michigan State University, turn south to Holt, back into Lansing via Potter Park and end at the Capitol.  Race director Owen Anderson says he's studied marathons in similarly sized communities, and finds they bring strong economic benefits.

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reWorking Michigan
3:06 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

State offers reimbursements for exporting companies

KTM Industries in Lansing processes corn starch into sheets of biodegradable packing foam.
Kevin Lavery WKAR

ReWorking Michigan examines our evolving economy, as the people of the Great Lakes State explore new ways to make a living and build a future.

Today, our reWorking Michigan Monday report looks at Michigan’s “STEP” program.  That’s short for State Trade and Export Promotion.  The initiative uses federal dollars to help Michigan companies with fewer than 500 employees enter or expand into the export market.  The funding helps businesses pay for things like overseas trade missions and foreign language translation services.   

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NewsRoom
3:48 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Eaton Rapids foundry to create up to 200 jobs

EATON RAPIDS, MI (WKAR) - Plans are underway to build a new foundry in mid-Michigan that will make components for wind turbines. Business and civic leaders say the plan will create about 200 new jobs for the region.

Dowding Industries and Astraeus Wind Energy make wind turbines in Eaton Rapids. The foundry that will be located at the plant will cast the 20-ton hubs that attach to the blades.

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