Kevin Lavery has been news director at WKAR since September 2006.
Just prior to coming to WKAR as news director, Lavery was a reporter at KWMU in St. Louis, Missouri, covering local politics, government, and biotechnology issues.
Lavery's journalism career began in the 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.
Every year a vintage steam locomotive in Michigan takes thousands of festive families to the North Pole. With some imagination and hot cocoa — the spirit of Christmas is still on track.
A small group of students attends Eastern Flex Academy in Lansing, Mich., which is designed to accommodate part-time job schedules, internships and even family responsibilities.
As most students at the school are leaving, a second wave trickles in. They're part of a public school experiment: evening classes. The flex students are on the same track as their daytime peers.
In Michigan, an unusually hands-on training program helps some school bus drivers be more attuned to the struggles of students with physical or emotional challenges by trying to be in their shoes.