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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Michigan Capitol
Alec Gerstenberger/WKAR-MSU

The state of Michigan has formed a new task force to prosecute people who commit unemployment insurance fraud. 


classroom photo
Courtesy / Wikimedia Commons

Michigan’s largest teachers’ union says its members are greatly concerned about health and safety issues as they prepare for the start of the next school year. 


protesters marching on street
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Protests against police brutality continue across the country.  A large crowd gathered Tuesday in East Lansing to voice their outrage over the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.


stained glass window
Facebook page of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Lansing

Many public religious services around the world are still on hold during the coronavirus pandemic.  Still, people are finding ways to express their spirituality.  Two university professors are capturing the sound of those moments.  WKAR’s Kevin Lavery spoke with Michigan State University professor Amy DeRogatis and Ohio State University professor Isaac Weiner about the American Religious Sounds Project.


Ingham County Courthouse
WKAR File Photo

Historic unemployment levels triggered by the coronavirus pandemic are putting many Michigan homeowners at risk of foreclosure. 


On Thursday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer extended the deadline for making delinquent property tax payments to June 30. 


Holt High School photo
File Photo / Holt Public Schools

Lansing-area high schools are finalizing their plans to honor the Class of 2020.  On Friday, Holt High School will put on its annual Senior Breakfast.  But as the coronavirus pandemic continues, the event will look nothing like it has in the past.

barber pole
Courtesy / flickr/Ron Mader

A coalition of barber shops and hair salons in Michigan is submitting an eight-step re-opening plan for Governor Gretchen Whitmer's approval.

Mackinac Bridge photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Fewer people ventured to Michigan’s getaway hotspots over the Memorial Day weekend, but officials still believe the state will see a strong tourism season this summer. 


dam on Grand River
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

The catastrophic failure of two dams on the Tittabawassee River in central Michigan this week is prompting questions about the safety of the state’s dam infrastructure.  


The Michigan Supreme Court
File Photo / WKAR

A new online resource is making Michigan’s judicial system more transparent.