Kevin Lavery

Education Reporter

Kevin Lavery is WKAR's Education reporter. In 2018, he began a year-long focus on the challenges of improving literacy in Michigan schools.  He is also reports general assignment stories 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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Bonnie Knutson and Michael Kaplowitz
Eli Broad College of Business - MSU and MSU College of Agriculture of Natural Resources

Michigan State University has named two new faculty athletic representatives.  


2018 Kids Count in Michigan: A Michigan Where All Kids Thrive
Courtesy / Michigan League For Public Policy

For more than a decade, proficiency skills among elementary students have been in steep decline, particularly in reading.  The 2018 Michigan Kids Count Data Book, released today by the Michigan League for Public Policy, sheds some light on the factors that influence a child's success in school. 


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More than two million children live in Michigan.  Their health, education and overall well-being depends largely on where in this state they live.  The  2018 Kids Count Data Book takes a look at how Michigan kids are faring.  

 

WKAR's Scott Pohl and Kevin Lavery review the findings of the 2018 Michigan Kids Count Data Book.

Kevin Lavery
WKAR-MSU file photo

This week, we’re starting a new reporting focus on education.. We are digging deeper into the numbers, searching for solutions and giving parents, educators and students a voice while holding leaders accountable.


On the April 14-15 edition: WKAR's new education initiatives; the real cost of food waste; new Shingles vaccine; perspective of a submarine pilot; the new Wharton Center season & a new film showing how MSU helped racially integrate college football.


On this edition of Current State: Michigan lawmakers findings on MSU/Nassar; the "seduction of an unmarried woman law" in Michigan; Personal memories of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Preparing for Severe Weather Season and getting rid of stink bugs!

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flickr/Adam Bartlett

A Michigan State University alum who was at the center of a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights Movement will be this year’s MSU Homecoming Grand Marshal. 

 


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue says the Trump administration won’t allow American farmers to be pawns in a trade war with China.

 


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Courtesy / U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will kick off a three-state tour Tuesday with a visit to Michigan State University.

 


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U.S. Supreme Court / City of East Lansing

America’s first Hispanic Supreme Court justice will visit East Lansing this summer.

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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Several Mid-Michigan high schools took part in a national walkout Wednesday to protest government inaction against gun violence. WKAR's Kevin Lavery visited Lansing's Eastern High School.


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

It’s been nearly a month since the deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. 

 


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STEM education in mid-Michigan is getting an economic boost from one of the world’s foremost technology companies. 

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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

A district court in East Lansing has arraigned 17 more people charged with criminal conduct following Monday’s disturbance at Michigan State University. 

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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

The Michigan State University Police Department says 25 people were arrested Monday during a violent protest against white nationalist leader Richard Spencer. 

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