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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vaccination syringe
Andres Rueda / flickr/Creative Commons

In the days leading up to his inauguration, Donald Trump asked activist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to lead a federal commission on vaccine safety.  Kennedy is an outspoken critic of vaccines. 

 

We wanted to know what it takes to actually manufacture and test a vaccine.  Any vaccine. 

 

woman in MSU student lounge
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Many Michigan State University students are trying to come to grips with President Trump’s executive order banning certain immigrants from entering the U.S.

 

The order affects people arriving from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Sudan. 

 

 

Ghazal Mehrani, a Lansing attorney of Iranian decent is helping area students to try and navigate their way through the ban. 

 

MSU student Faezah declined to give her full name.  She's Iranian.  She says the ban has everyone in her community “feeling new aspects of pain.”

 


three astronauts at NASA
Courtesy / NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Fifty years ago today, the U.S. space program suffered a terrible loss.  Three astronauts -- Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee -- died in a fire during a training mission inside the Apollo 1 capsule.

Roger Chaffee grew up in Grand Rapids.


man standing near vegetables
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

We may be going through a mild patch now, but Michigan winters can be pretty fierce.  Sometimes it’s a little challenging picking up your favorite locally grown food.

But our ag industry doesn’t just stop cold when the snow flies.  Winter farmers’ markets are on the rise.

 


woman near computer screen
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Is it a school?  Is it a bus?  Is it a school bus?  The answer to all those questions is yes -- sort of.


The Ingham County Prosecutor's Office has issued what it calls "numerous" charges against an East Lansing man in last weekend's double homicide in Meridian Township.

chairs and desks
WKAR File Photo

Unionized teachers in the Waverly School District are weighing their next move in the wake of Monday’s abruptly ended school board meeting.  The  teachers are now in their sixth month without a contract.

Union crisis chairperson Gini Larson calls the board’s sudden exit “dismissive,” though board members say they legally called a motion to adjourn.  The union is fighting for set class sizes, a less arduous advancement scale and changes to teacher insurance contributions.  Larson says she believes the community itself will advance the teachers’ cause.

Inaugural watch party photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

On Friday, Donald Trump took the oath of office as our 45th president. We sent Scott Pohl and Kevin Lavery out to hear what local people thought of the ceremony.


man standing in front of house
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Michigan might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think about clear, sunny skies.  Still, our state is fostering a growing solar industry.  The new energy reform package signed into law last month by Governor Rick Snyder calls for more aggressive renewable energy production targets, including from solar power.

A public-private partnership in mid-Michigan is trying to capitalize on this trend by building a solar park in East Lansing.


state capitol building
WKAR File Photo

Donald Trump’s rise to the presidency has become one of the most polarizing events in modern American history.  While some will celebrate his inauguration Friday, others will protest the social climate for which they believe Trump is largely responsible. 

 

As thousands march in Washington on Saturday, Lansing will see a similar demonstration at the State Capitol.  WKAR's Kevin Lavery reports on the "March on Lansing."

 

scientists in lab at MSU
Courtesy Yungqui Cao

Electricity is an abundant power source.  But harnessing it for everyday use is sometimes tricky. 

But what if you could charge your phone with your own body?

 

That question is being studied at Michigan State University with a device that uses nanotechnology.

 


WKAR PBS logo
WKAR File Photo

We’re celebrating an anniversary here at WKAR and we’re giving you the birthday gift.

 

WKAR-TV turns 63 years old this weekend.  And on Monday, January 16, we’re launching a new project:  “WKAR-PBS Kids 24/7.”


photo of Jane Aldrich
Courtesy / WLNS

An icon of local TV news in mid-Michigan is leaving the anchor desk and setting sail for retirement.  Jane Aldrich began her post at Lansing CBS affiliate WLNS 31 years ago, on October 14, 1985.


marijuana plants
mark / flickr/creative commons

Michigan State University will soon provide training to local governments to help them navigate a new state law concerning medical marijuana operations.


food co-op interior
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

After 40 years in business, the East Lansing Food Co-Op is closing its doors.  The customer-owned enterprise is losing money to bigger competitors.  But the little store is hoping for a big comeback someday. 


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