Steve Carmody

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.


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. 

ANN ARBOR, MI (MPRN)--   Business groups are fighting a proposal to keep student academic growth as a smaller percentage of teacher evaluations in Michigan. 

This year the percentage of a teacher’s evaluation that relies on student growth is scheduled to increase from 25 percent to 40 percent. A bipartisan bill would keep the percentage at 25 percent.

Tim Sowton is with Business Leaders for Michigan. He testified against the bill last week, saying higher standards are needed.

FLINT, MI (MPRN)--   Flint Mayor Karen Weaver hopes she’s making progress convincing state officials that their preferred method of checking for lead pipes in Flint isn’t working. 

At a meeting Friday a master plumber showed city and state officials sections of partially repaired lead pipes the Hydrovac system missed.

Weaver believes he made a persuasive argument.

“He really explained it very clearly. He had several pipes to not only explain but to show.  And sometimes, visuals are everything.” 

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FLINT, MI (MPRN)--   It will be another month before a judge decides whether the head of Michigan’s Health Department should stand trial on involuntary manslaughter charges.

Judge David Goggins was expected to decide this week whether there's enough evidence that Health Department Director Nick Lyon failed to act during a deadly Legionnaires Disease outbreak in 2014 and 2015. But instead, defense attorney John Bursch says Goggins asked the prosecution and defense to address some key issues one more time.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The Michigan Civil Rights Commission plans to ignore a recent opinion from the state’s attorney general on LGBTQ rights. 

In May the Commission decided to include LGBTQ individuals as members of a protected class under Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act. Last week Attorney General Bill Schuette issued an opinion that state law does not protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination.

ANN ARBOR, MI (MPRN)--   Several Michigan members of Congress are sending a letter to the Trump administration.

They're requesting stronger safeguards for dangerous chemicals in drinking water.

A recent Harvard study found six million Americans are drinking water contaminated with a group of chemicals known as PFAS. The chemicals have been linked to an increased risk of liver damage and pregnancy problems, among other health issues.

FLINT, MI (MPRN)--   A Genesee County judge heard closing arguments Wednesday in a preliminary hearing related to the Flint water crisis. 

Michigan Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of two men. Prosecutors allege the deaths were connected to a Legionnaires' Disease outbreak linked to Flint’s water crisis.

But Defense Attorney John Bursch argues Lyon delegated the Legionella investigation to subordinates.

ANN ARBOR, MI (MPRN)--   Vice President Mike Pence will be back in Michigan Friday. 

Last month the Vice President delivered the commencement address at Hillsdale College. Friday he’s back in Michigan to help deliver some campaign cash.

He’s speaking at a campaign fundraiser for Attorney General Bill Schuette, who’s running to be Michigan’s next governor. Schuette not only has the Vice President raising money for him he’s also received the president’s endorsement.

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FLINT, MI (MPRN)--   Blood lead levels in Flint children are declining, according to a new study.

The study in The Journal of Pediatrics finds blood lead levels in Flint children were nearly three times higher in 2006 than in samples taken in 2016.

Researchers from the University of Michigan and the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School analyzed lead concentrations of more than 15,000 blood samples of Flint children five years old and younger. 

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Rick Snyder will allow oil to continue to flow through a controversial pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac. 

Last month a state panel created by the governor recommended temporarily shutting down Enbridge’s Line 5. That's until problems with the pipeline’s external coating could be addressed.

Monday Governor Snyder rejected that idea.  He says tests show the oil pipeline is not at “imminent” risk of failing. He says shutting the pipeline down likely would create a propane “supply crisis.”

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