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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Hamilton Dam in Flint
Courtesy photo / Flint River Corridor Alliance

On Tuesday, WKAR and the Flint Institute of Arts will host a screening of a new PBS documentary on the Flint Water Crisis.  "Poisoned Water" is a new production from the acclaimed "NOVA" series. WKAR's Kevin Lavery spoke with NOVA senior executive producer Paula Apsell, who will be moderating the panel discussion at the screening.

two flags
Wikimedia Commons

Michigan workers will keep a close eye on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) this summer, when the Trump administration prepares to renegotiate the 25-year-old deal.  Michigan's largest foreign trading partner says change is overdue.


man near bus
Skyler Ashley / WKAR-MSU

A small rolling hospital that debuted in Lansing last summer is expanding its reach in 2017.

Larry Nassar photo
File Photo / WKAR-MSU

Former gymnasts testified that a Michigan sports doctor molested them at a hearing to determine if he will face trial on sexual assault charges. (NOTE: graphic details within the article)


city seal with flags
WKAR File Photo

The city of Lansing continues to struggle under mounting debt obligations to its retirees.  Now, an outside review is shedding light on the numbers.


Lou Anna Simon photo
Courtesy / Michigan State University

MSU launches new website to communicate updates on two high-profile sexual assault investigations. 

people with award
Courtesy / Michigan Dept. of Corrections

Oakland County Probation Agent Candice Dunn, who was selected as the Michigan Department of Corrections’ 2017 Parole/Probation Agent of the Year, was killed Tuesday night in a traffic crash in Livingston County.

state lawmaker
Courtesy / Michigan House of Representatives

Michigan State Rep. John Kivela (D-Marquette) was found dead Tuesday in Lansing of an apparent suicide.  The discovery comes one day after Kivela was arrested for the second time on a drunk driving charge.

automotive plant
Courtesy / General Motors

The United Auto Workers in Lansing is preparing hundreds of its members for an impending layoff this week. 

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WKAR File Photo

A Washington-based civil rights organization is suing the state of Michigan over what it says is a case of "wealth-based" discrimination.

tractor on farm
WKAR File Photo

The road leading to America’s next national farm bill stops in Michigan this weekend.  On Saturday, farmers will testify on the proposed bill in Frankenmuth.


people with shovels
Courtesy / Matthew Dae Smith / Lansing State Journal

The Lansing School District has officially launched the first in a series of school improvement projects funded by a 2016 bond issue. 

Ingham County Courthouse
WKAR File Photo

Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum says she’s confident in the security of today’s special election.  The county is trying to resolve a malware attack on its IT network first detected over the weekend.  

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Courtesy / flickr/League of Women Voters

Mid-Michigan voters will decide several bond proposals and millage renewals today. 


police officer driving car
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Lansing is bolstering its fight against crime. The city has become the latest to join the Michigan “Secure Cities” program. 


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