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)--   Some Michigan hospitals are postponing some scheduled surgeries as the number of COVID-19 patients they're treating is rising. 

In recent weeks the number of COVID patients in Michigan hospitals has increased to the point where hospitals say they're dealing with "extremely high hospital occupancy."

A Michigan Medicine spokeswoman says University of Michigan hospitals made the decision to reschedule a small number of scheduled surgeries late this week and next week in order to maintain safe occupancy levels.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan’s Secretary of State is at odds with State Senate Republicans over appearing before a committee to testify on election security. 

The state Director of Elections has agreed to appear before the Senate Oversight committee, but not Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. The committee is scheduled to meet later this month. 

State Senator Ed McBroom says he’s extended another invitation to Benson to appear at the hearing.  McBroom says he would like Benson to appear before the committee to discuss the 2020 election.

Snyder case on hold

Mar 31, 2021

ANN ARBOR, MI (MPRN)--   The legal case against former Governor Rick Snyder is in a holding pattern.

Snyder is facing two misdemeanor charges tied to the Flint water crisis.  On Tuesday a judge agreed to put the case on hold for a few months while the defense asks a higher court to review the judge’s decision not to dismiss the case.

Defense Attorney Madelaine Lane:

“It would be, we believe, a waste of this court’s time and resources, and taxpayer resources, to continue litigating a matter which ultimately may be dismissed.”

ANN ARBOR, MI (MPRN)--   A new report shows more than a third of Michigan households were struggling even before the COVID-19 pandemic.

The United Way report documents the challenges facing Michigan’s working poor families. These so-called “ALICE” (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) families have limited assets and make minimal, typically hourly working wages that do not cover the basic costs of living.

Mike Larson is the CEO of the Michigan Association of United Ways. 

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A resolution calling on state wildlife officials to authorize a wolf hunting season this year passed a state senate committee Wednesday.

At the hearing Rory Mattson with the Delta Conservation District spoke in favor of a hunt.

“We keep hearing about Michigan’s wolf population.  For us in the UP, it’s not Michigan’s wolf population, it’s definitely the Upper Peninsula’s population.”  

State wildlife officials prefer to wait until the legal status of wolves is more permanently settled.

ANN ARBOR, MI (MPRN)--   Groups fighting against a state ban on high school sports have filed suit against the state health department.

Michigan officials suspended winter and spring contact sports as part of the effort to stem the spread of COVID-19. But a lawsuit filed in the Court of Claims Tuesday seeks to have the ban lifted immediately.

Attorney Peter Ruddell says it’s time to allow student athletes to play again.

ANN ARBOR, MI (MPRN)--   Nine former government officials, including former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, have been formally charged with crimes connected to the Flint water crisis.

They were arraigned Thursday morning on charges ranging from willful neglect of duty to involuntary manslaughter.

State Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud stressed the importance of holding government officials accountable.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   On Tuesday Michigan marks one year of legal retail sales of recreational marijuana.

Robin Schneider is the executive director of the Michigan Cannabis Industry Association. She says the industry is still expanding.

“I would say we’re not even close to market saturation yet.”

Since sales began last December roughly $450 million worth of recreational pot products have been sold in the state.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Enbridge has filed suit to try to stop Governor Gretchen Whitmer from revoking the company’s easement to operate an oil and natural gas liquids pipeline through the Straits of Mackinac.

Earlier this month, the governor and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources informed Enbridge that its easement allowing the current pipeline is being revoked. The easement dates back to 1953.

But Enbridge is now asking a federal court to intervene.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan’s Attorney General’s Office will investigate allegations against those behind a petition drive to strip Governor Gretchen Whitmer of her emergency powers. 

This Friday Unlock Michigan plans to deliver 500,000 petition signatures to state officials.

But there are allegations that members associated with the campaign may have engaged in criminal activity in collecting petition signatures.

Fred Wszolek is Unlock Michigan’s spokesman. He calls the investigation "a partisan political farce."