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 also reports general assignment stories, produces news features and interviews for Current State and serves as an alternate local host on NPR's "Morning Edition."

Prior to coming to WKAR in 2006, Lavery was a reporter at KWMU (St. Louis Public Radio), covering local politics, government, and biotechnology issues.

Lavery's journalism career began in the U.S. 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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sheriff at podium
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Several local law enforcement agencies are pushing back against Ingham County Prosecutor Carol Siemon’s decision not to prosecute people for certain non-public safety infractions during traffic stops.

Old Town Lansing mural
Kevin Lavery, WKAR

The city of Lansing and a prominent Latinx community group want to build an event stage and archway at Cesar E. Chavez Plaza in Old Town.

They’ve applied for a $500,000 grant from the Consumers Energy Foundation.

If approved, the project would create a permanent venue for artistic and cultural programs at the plaza on the corner of East Cesar E. Chavez Ave. and Turner Road.

Lansing For Cesar E. Chavez chairman Joe Bermudez believes the project has a good chance of succeeding, with or without the grant.

woman rowing
Courtesy / Kelly Salchow MacArthur

A two-time Olympic veteran from Michigan is participating in this year’s summer games in Tokyo. 

She’s not returning as an athlete, but as an artist.

John Duley smiling in chair
Courtesy / Michigan State University

John Duley, a civil rights and education icon in mid-Michigan, has died at the age of 100.

people outside building
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

All Michigan Secretary of State branch offices are now offering extended hours.

Offices are now open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

picture of Beaumont Tower
WKAR / File Photo

Updated July 16, 2:02 p.m. ET

Michigan State University has revoked an honorary title from two retired professors after determining they engaged in sexual misconduct. 

Meridian Township buildings
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

First responders in Meridian Township will receive an “appreciation” payment for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Front of Lansing city hall

The city of Lansing has lifted its state of emergency.  City Hall is open once again for in-person business.

Scott Wriggelsworth, Ingham County Sheriff
WLNS-TV Lansing (WKAR media partner)

The Ingham County Sheriff’s Office is bolstering its partnership with the Lansing Police Department to fight violent crime.

WKAR - ¿Qué Onda Michigan?
WKAR File Graphic

In May, WKAR launched a new Spanish-language podcast called “¿Qué Onda Michigan?” It’s an effort to bridge the information gap faced by many non-English speakers in mid-Michigan.