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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election sign
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Facing a record number of absentee ballots, Michigan election officials are urging voters to remain confident in the integrity of the election.

The Lansing Police Department is facing a civil lawsuit in the alleged wrongful death of a man in its custody earlier this year.

Michigan State University outdoor sign
File photo / WKAR-MSU

Michigan State University will increase in-person classes and on campus housing starting in January.


Beaumont Tower
WKAR File Photo

WKAR invited the 10 candidates for MSU Board of Trustees to respond to a five-question survey.

Editor's Note: WKAR News received replies from six candidates: Brian Mosallam (D), Dr. Rema Vassar (D), Pat O’Keefe (R), Tonya Schuitmaker (R), Robin Laurain (Green Party) and Will Tyler White (Libertarian Party).

The other candidates are Brandon Hu (Green Party), Janet M. Sanger (U.S. Taxpayers Party), John Paul Sanger (U.S. Taxpayers Party) and Bridgette Abraham-Guzman (Natural Law Party).

cheering crowd and flags
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

One of President Donald Trump’s sons visited Lansing Tuesday in a bid to shore up support for his father two weeks before the election. 

ballot envelope
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Michigan election officials are bracing for some big challenges on November 3, and a final vote count may take several days.

voter ballot
File photo / WKAR-MSU

Ingham County officials are visiting jail inmates to help them register to vote on November 3. 


governor signing bills
Courtesy / State of Michigan / Facebook

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed a sweeping reform package that will allow thousands to expunge their criminal records after they’ve served their sentences. 


people at ribbon cutting
Courtesy / Flint Development Center

A new public lab now open in Flint offers free water testing for residents and  real-world science training for students. 


people on Capitol steps
Kevin Lavery / WKAR/MSU

Members of a citizens’ coalition rallied at the state Capitol Thursday.  The event came a few hours after news broke of the foiled alleged kidnapping plot against Governor Gretchen Whitmer.