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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Lansing police patrol unit
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

The city of Lansing hosted an online town hall Thursday to gather public input on funding the Lansing Police Department. 


two women with signs
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Dozens of Michigan school employees rallied at the State Capitol Thursday to call for a safe school re-opening strategy. 

Kathie Klages
Cheyna Roth / MPRN

Former Michigan State University women’s gymnastics coach Kathie Klages has been sentenced for her role in the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal. 

East Lansing city hall sign photo
WKAR file photo

The East Lansing City Council has selected its two newest members.  This follows the resignation of two council members, including the mayor, in July.


Ballot and Machine
WKAR File Photo

Several rural mid-Michigan school districts are asking voters to approve multi-million dollar bond proposals on Tuesday. 


bartender with mask
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

For some people, wearing a mask in a place of business has moved from a question of safety to an ideological battle.  In Michigan, two high-profile altercations involving masks just weeks apart turned deadly.  Now, some bar and restaurant owners are taking part in training to learn how to de-escalate mask-related conflicts.

classroom photo
Courtesy / Wikimedia Commons

The superintendent of the East Lansing school district is proposing an online start for the first month of instruction. 

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The Lansing School District is taking a series of measures designed to fight systemic racism and support Black students. 


Kevin Lavery

The City of Lansing has formed a new group to implement a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan, Mayor Andy Schor announced Thursday. 

photo of Eva L. Evans
Courtesy / Michigan Women's History Hall of Fame / Lansing School District

Dr. Eva L. Evans, a pioneering educator and the first Black female deputy superintendent of Lansing Public Schools, died on Tuesday, July 21.