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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Courtesy / City of Lansing

Less than 40 days into his new job, Lansing Mayor Andy Schor delivered an upbeat message in his first State of the City address Wednesday night

 


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

John Engler has been interim president of Michigan State University for just two full days...but his appointment is already generating animosity.  On Tuesday, a student march on the Hannah administration building culminated with the delivery of a letter calling for Engler’s resignation.

 


man at sentencing
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

An Eaton County judge has sentenced disgraced sports physician Larry Nassar to 40 to 125 years in prison. 

 


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Derrick Turner / Michigan State University

On Feb. 5, former Michigan Governor John Engler officially takes over as the interim president of Michigan State University.  In  accepting the post, Engler vowed to “treat every survivor and every student as I would my own daughter.”

That pledge is on the mind of every parent with a child now attending MSU...and everyone who will send their own daughters – and sons – to campus as an incoming freshman.

 


people at podium
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Michigan State University has a new interim president. On Wednesday, the MSU Board of Trustees named  John Engler to that post.  Engler is a former Republican governor of Michigan who served from 1991 to 2003. 


fire trucks
WKAR File Photo

First responders in mid-Michigan are testing their skills in such a scenario.  On Tuesday, crews from six area fire departments took part in a training session in East Lansing.

women at rock
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Larry Nassar photo
Screen shot from WDIV Live Stream / WDIV

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Courtesy / City of Lansing

WKAR's Kevin Lavery talks with Lansing Mayor Andy Schor about his first two weeks in office and some upcoming issues.

UPDATED: 6:55 AMThe following schools are closed Friday, January 12:Calhoun ( 2 )

We look ahead to what the Michigan legislature will tackle in 2018; the remarkable singing career of Anita Baker as she prepares for a farewell tour; Jackson's new mayor Derek Dobies; MSU's top ranking in college basketball; an East Lansing place where you can volunteer and more. 


man with bees
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Scientists say one in every three foods we eat is in some way linked with bees.  Aside from making honey, this tiny insect is responsible for pollinating a wide range of fruits and vegetables.  New research led by Michigan State University has  led to the first complete record of every known bee species in the state. 

 

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Courtesy / Lansing Board of Water and Light

The Lansing Board of Water and Light is announcing its biggest-ever project.  The utility will build a new natural gas plant in Delta Township. 

 


homeless shelter
WKAR File Photo

Subzero temperatures are expected in Mid-Michigan over the next 24 hours, so the region’s largest homeless shelter is preparing to house more people than usual. 

 


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