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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police station and car in snow
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Michigan State University is preparing for a visit from a prominent national “alt-right” leader. 

flooded street
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Emergency management officials in Lansing are hosting the first of three public meetings tonight to provide follow-up information for residents affected by the floods.  The meeting will be at the Allen Neighborhood Center at 1611 E. Kalamazoo starting at 7 p.m.

 


East Lansing city hall photo
WKAR File Photo

Tonight, the East Lansing City Council is expected to make a symbolic gesture that’s taken 50 years to materialize.

 


rendering of project
WKAR File Graphic / Courtesy / LEAP

A long-anticipated economic development project will be formally introduced at tonight’s Lansing City Council meeting.

 


On the Feb. 24-25 edition of Current State: neighbors struggling with floodwaters & how you can help; learn where Michigan's gubernatorial candidates stand on gun debate; learn about Dolores Huerta and why she's coming to MSU; two Lansing men make sure dozens of children see Black Panther movie and helping feed fish thanks to whiskey by-products.


water and dam
Jason Vlahos / WKAR-MSU

The city of Lansing is assessing the damage wrought by this week’s flooding.  Officials are working with the state and federal government to bring resources to the community.

 


 

ship
Courtesy / Bryan Myrkle

The 2018 Michigan Nordic Fire Festival begins Friday evening at Lincoln Park in Charlotte.  It’s a celebration of Scandinavian culture, which of course includes the Vikings.

 


 

bridge and flood
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Help centers have been set up in Lansing and Meridian Township to assist people displaced by this week’s floods. 

 


playset in water
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Flood insurance is mandatory for people who live in well-established floodplains.  For decades, the federal government has helped homeowners make those payments.   But that’s changing.

 


flooded river
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Much of the Lansing area is contending with floodwaters today.  The water is forcing street closures and threatening to inundate homes and yards. 

 


Courtesy / Jackson County, MI

The mayor of Jackson and three members of the city council are calling for the resignation of Jackson County Sheriff Steve Rand.  Their demand follows reports of racist and discriminatory remarks by the sheriff.

 


On this edition of Current State: an update on restructuring at Michigan State University following the Larry Nassar Scandal; two Michiganders share their views of attending a Historically Black College or University; see how the Lansing Lugnuts are preparing for Spring Training; we'll remember late MSU President Cecil Mackey, Jr; a Spartan athlete gives a record gift to MSU; and find out where you can celebrate Chinese New Year this weekend! 


sign at hospital
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

One of mid-Michigan’s largest health care providers is about to get smaller.


university president
Courtesy / MSU University Archives & Historical Collections

Cecil Mackey, who served six years as the 16th president of Michigan State University, has died. 


people in room
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Faculty members at Michigan State University are claiming a moral victory.  By an overwhelming majority, the MSU Faculty Senate approved a Vote of No Confidence in the Board of Trustees. 

The statement carries no legal weight.  It’s not a mandate for the board to act, nor does it prompt the resignation or removal of any of the trustees.  However, MSU professors see their vote as a  symbolic show of force.

 


 

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