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Steve Carmody

Mid Michigan Reporter/Producer

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting. During his two and a half decades in broadcasting, Steve has won numerous awards, including accolades from the Associated Press and Radio and Television News Directors Association. Away from the broadcast booth, Steve is an avid reader and movie fanatic.

Q&A

What person, alive or dead, would you like to have lunch with? Why?
My wife. She’s the best company I’ve ever had, or expect to, over lunch.
 
How did you get involved in radio?
I started listening to all news radio when I was about 8 years old. In my teens, when other kids were listening to rock stations, I was flipping between KYW and WCAU in Philadelphia. I was fascinated listening to the news developing and changing through the day. When the time came to decide on what I wanted to study at college, I was drawn to broadcasting and journalism. I spent most of my four years in college at the campus radio station, including two years as news director.  
 
What is your favorite way to spend your free time?
I read (usually two books at a time, one book at work, another at home) and I go to see a lot of movies (about 50 or more a year)
 
What has been your most memorable experience as a reporter/host/etc.?
Covering the federal building bombing in Oklahoma City in 1995 was a remarkable experience. It was going to be a quiet day newswise. Not much happening. I was at the state capitol to cover a rally. The earth shattering explosion changed that. I spent the next ten hours wandering around downtown, filing reports to my home station and NPR. For the next six weeks, it was literally the only story my station covered.
 
What one song do you think best summarizes your taste in music?
Zilch. I don’t listen to music.
 
What is your favorite program on Michigan Radio? Why?
This American Life. It’s the best story telling on radio.
 
What's a hidden talent you have that most people don’t know about?
I have no talent. Anyone who knows me well would agree.
 
What is one ability or talent you really wish you possessed?
The ability to cook.
 
What do you like best about working in public radio?
I like having the time to tell a story. I’ve grown tired over time working in commercial radio of trying to tell a complex story in 25 seconds or less. You can tell some stories in less than 25 seconds. But often, a truly interesting story needs a minute, 3 minutes or more to explain.
 
If you could interview any contemporary newsmaker, who would it be?
No one really.
 
Is there a T.V. show you never miss? If so, which one?
The Amazing Race. As a fan and a former contestant, I just enjoy the thrill of seeing different parts of the world.
 
What would your perfect meal consist of?
A light appetizer. A good fish course. A well done steak. A pleasant dessert. A fine 20 year tawny port.
 
What modern convenience would it be most difficult for you to live without?
The computer. It has changed my personal and professional life.
 
What are people usually very surprised to learn about you?
That I not only watch Reality TV, but that I’ve been a Reality TV star (retired).
 
What else would you like people to know about you?
I enjoy living in Jackson, MI. So many Michigan cities and towns are struggling these days. Jackson’s no different. But, the people there are forging ahead. Jackson is also committed to being a community. 

Ways to Connect

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A former Flint emergency manager is scheduled to appear in a courtroom Friday.

Darnell Earley oversaw Flint city hall during the city’s disastrous drinking water switch to the Flint River in April 2014. 

He’s among 15 current and former government officials criminally charged in connection with the Flint water crisis.

Darnell Earley has been waiting for his preliminary hearing to begin for more than a year. Earley and former Flint public works director Howard Croft face a variety of charges, including involuntary manslaughter.

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The state health department is out with a new report on the deadly Legionnaires' disease outbreak in Genesee County.

The Michigan Department Health and Human Services makes an old claim linking most of the legionella cases to Flint’s McLaren hospital.

University of Virginia

Michigan State University is hiring a university official with unique experience to advise on the search of MSU’s new university president.  

The MSU Board of Trustees is hiring University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan to serve as an adviser to the presidential search.

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Michigan’s senior U.S. senator wants the Trump administration to provide more information to Congress about what’s on the table in talks with North Korea.

The on-again/off-again summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jung Un appears to be back on-again.

Trump withdrew from a planned June 12 Singapore summit with Kim last Thursday, then quickly announced that the meeting could get back on track..

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Across Michigan and the United States, people are taking a moment to remember America’s military dead.

In Washington, President Donald Trump is marking his second Memorial Day as Commander in Chief with a planned visit to Arlington National Cemetery and a salute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Before the late-morning activities at Arlington, Trump said in a tweet that "those who died for our great country would be very happy and proud at how well our country is doing today."

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A new survey shows most Michigan high school students are not aware of a potential option after graduation.

A Michigan Talent Investment Agency survey found only 13% of high school students consider apprenticeships a good postsecondary career option.  

Roger Curtis is the director of Talent and Economic Development for the state of Michigan. He says, even among students who were aware of apprenticeship programs, most only associated them with construction jobs.

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In the next month, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to overturn a ruling in a precedent-setting Michigan case.

In 1977’s Abood versus Detroit Board of Education decision, the Supreme Court ruled that public-sector workers could be compelled to "support legitimate, non-ideological, union activities germane to collective-bargaining representation."

The ruling allowed government employee unions to require fees from workers, whether they want to pay fees to the union or not.   

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Democrats are hoping for a “Blue Wave” in state legislative races in November. 

But Republicans are seeing a “green wave” of campaign donations.

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Demolition crews have nearly completed tearing down Flint’s Hamilton Dam.

The crumbling 95-year-old landmark became a backdrop for many national television stories about Flint’s water crisis during the past few years.

However, the dam will soon be no more.

Crews have been demolishing the dam for the past few months. They expect to finish next month.

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New research from Michigan State University finds children develop language and literacy skills at a young age, in part due to their ability to “self-regulate.”

Self-regulation refers to a child’s ability to pay attention to tasks. 

Lori Skibbe is an associate professor in MSU’s Human Development and Family Studies department. She led a study of language and literacy skills among more than 300 children.

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AAA predicts more than a million Michiganders will be on the roads this holiday weekend, and paying a lot more at the pump.

Gasbuddy.com pegs the statewide average price for a gallon of gasoline at about $3.15.  That’s more than a half dollar more than last Memorial Day weekend.

Don Holecek is a professor emeritus at Michigan State University.  He’s studied tourism trends for four decades.

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There’s a new tool that Michigan cities can use to better understand their health care needs.

The NYU School of Medicine has developed what they call the City Health Dashboard, which looks at 36 key measures and drivers of health.   

Marc Gourevitch is the Dashboard’s principal architect. He says health problems like opioid abuse and obesity are tracked on the dashboard.

“Not only looking at health itself,” says Gourevitch, “but some of the things that cause health, like housing and transportation and air quality. So we try to bring all that together.”

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It’s back to court Monday for four defendants in the Flint water crisis investigation.

At the time of Flint’s ill-fated drinking water switch, district supervisor Stephen Busch, Community Drinking Water Unit specialist Patrick Cook, district engineer Michael Prysby, and chief of the office of Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance Liane Shekter Smith were responsible for overseeing Flint’s water system for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.  

They are now facing a variety of charges related to the city’s water crisis.

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After another light voter turnout in the May election, the Genesee County clerk says it’s time to consolidate future elections to August and November.

There were elections May 8 in 66 of Michigan’s 83 counties. Voters were mostly asked to decide school millages and bond requests. 

Clerk John Gleason says the May election in Genesee County drew less than 10%, and in some cases much less.

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Vice President Mike Pence talked about faith, traditional values, and the Trump administration in his commencement address at Hillsdale College Saturday afternoon.    

Pence spoke to more than 300 graduates, as well as their friends and family at the small liberal arts school in southern Michigan.

“Let’s be honest, no one comes to commencement to hear the speaker,” Pence joked. But the vice president was well received by the audience at the school that is influential in conservative political circles.

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Students graduating Saturday from a small Michigan college will hear from the Vice President of the United States.

Vice President Mike Pence will deliver the commencement address at Hillsdale College’s graduation.

Hillsdale College is influential in conservative political circles.  So it should come as no surprise that the small liberal arts school should be able to nab the vice president as its commencement speaker.

Pence is no stranger to the Hillsdale campus. 

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A controversial company will provide some Flint residents with bottled water for the next several months.

Nestle has been criticized for its deal to pump more water from rural Michigan for its bottled water business.

The company has agreed to distribute thousands of those bottles for free to Flint residents.

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2,000 Detroit public school teachers are getting a bonus.

It’s part of the district’s plan to attract and retain teachers.

Bridge Magazine

State officials say a top Democratic candidate for governor is eligible to run.

Abdul El-Sayed was registered to vote in New York state from 2012 until 2015. Michigan’s Constitution requires candidates for governor to be a registered voter in Michigan for at least four years prior to taking office.

But despite that, the state Bureau of Elections says El-Sayed, the former Detroit health department director, is still eligible to run for governor.

Michigan Dept of Education

The state Board of Education has named an interim replacement for state schools superintendent Brian Whiston, who died suddenly this week.  

Before he left on disability leave last week, Brian Whiston named chief deputy superintendent Sheila Alles to act in his place. He died of cancer on Monday.

Today, Board of Education members voted to name Alles as Whiston’s interim replacement.

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Voters will go to the polls across Michigan on Tuesday.

School millages and bond issues dominate the May ballot.

A few examples of what’s on the ballot:

At more than $96 million, the largest bond Kalamazoo Public Schools officials have ever put before voters is on the ballot.  If approved, the bulk of the money will be used to replace or repair roofs, boilers, parking lots, lighting, windows, and buses.

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Two figures in the Flint water crisis are due in court Monday.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services director Nick Lyon returns to district court in Flint for the 21st day of his preliminary hearing on a variety of charges, including involuntary manslaughter.

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State lawmakers are debating a change to the way the future teacher retirement fund’s growth is projected.

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The site of a formerly run-down apartment complex on Flint’s north side may soon become a mixed-residential development.

This week, the Genesee County Land Bank announced it’s working with developers to create 78 units of affordable rental housing for low-income residents.

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Michigan gas prices are expected to take at least one more bounce toward three dollars a gallon between now and Memorial Day.

The statewide average has dropped a few pennies since hitting a four-year high ($2.94 for a gallon of regular unleaded) over the weekend.

“Gas prices should peak in the month of May and we may be very close,” says Patrick DeHaan, with GasBuddy.com.

DeHaan credits shrinking oil reserves, refineries changing over to summer fuels and OPEC drawing down supplies for the latest uptick in prices.

ENBRIDGE INSPECTION VIDEO SHARED WITH THE STATE OF MICHIGAN

Michigan’s economy would take a big hit from an oil spill in the Mackinac Straits, according to a new study.

A study by Michigan State University ecological economist Robert Richardson estimates Michigan’s economy would lose $6.3 billion if there’s a significant oil pipeline break in the Straits of Mackinac.

The study is based on a scenario where more than 2 million gallons of crude oil leaks from the Enbridge Energy Line 5 pipeline.  

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The Environmental Protection Agency is being pulled into a conflict between the city of Flint and Governor Snyder related to the end of bottled water distribution.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver has sent a letter to EPA Director Chris Korleski, informing him of a decision by state officials to cancel a multi-agency meeting on the city’s water crisis.

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President Trump’s Saturday night speech in northern Macomb County became the latest skirmish in Michigan’s Republican race for governor.

During his speech, President Trump made it clear who he supports in Michigan’s governor’s race.

“We’re honored to be joined by a great friend of mine and a great Attorney general, the next governor of Michigan, Bill Schuette,” Trump told the cheering crowd packed into the Total Sports Park indoor soccer field.

President Trump
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President Trump spent Saturday night rallying his supporters in Michigan.

The president told his Macomb County audience he had another invitation for Saturday night.

“You may have heard I was invited to another event tonight. The White House Correspondents Dinner,” Trump told the crowd, which began booing. “But I’d much rather be in Washington, Michigan than Washington, D.C. right now.”

The president talked about a wide range of topics, from de-nuclearization on the Korean Peninsula to Michigan’s auto industry.

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