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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Public Domain

A rare celestial event that some are calling the “Christmas Star” will unfold over the next few days.   


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Today we’re starting a weekly series we’re calling “Messages from the Mitten.” 

This holiday season is unlike any other, and we thought we’d find out how people are adapting – or pressing on – with their holiday traditions. 

Chris Swope with primary election ballots
File Photo

Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope is in Georgia this week to help the state conduct a hand tally of nearly 5 million ballots. 


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Courtesy / Michigan National Guard / Facebook

For months, Michigan military personnel have been supporting state agencies on the front lines in the fight to stop the spread of COVID-19.  WKAR's Kevin Lavery talks with Michigan National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, who says more than 1,100 troops were involved in fighting the pandemic at the height of the response.


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WKAR File Photo

Michigan voters have elected two new members to the Michigan State University Board of Trustees.


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Courtesy / MSU Athletics

The Michigan State University Board of Trustees met Friday for the first time since announcing plans to discontinue the school’s historic swimming and diving program. 


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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.


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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).