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)--   There’s one more month for Michigan’s combative Attorney General race.

Democrat Dana Nessel and Republican Tom Leonard have been trading shots at each other for weeks.

Nessel ties Leonard to drug companies and corporate polluters.  Leonard’s campaign has implied Nessel has protected sexual abusers and is “unfit” for office because she allegedly mistreated her campaign staff.

Yet Leonard says he doesn’t think the race has been “nasty.”

ANN ARBOR, MI (MPRN)--   Future Michigan school administrator evaluations will probably not put a greater emphasis on student growth. 

The percentage of the evaluation tied to student test scores is set to increase this year to 40 percent.  

But the House Education Reform Committee Thursday voted to keep it at its current 25 percent.

Peter Spadafore is the executive director of the Michigan Association of School Administrators.

ANN ARBOR, MI (MPRN)--   State House Democrats have sent a letter asking the state auditor to investigate the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s handling of the state’s PFAS problem. 

PFAS is a group of man-made chemicals linked to human health problems. Numerous PFAS contamination sites have been discovered across the state in recent years.

State Representative Winnie Brinks hopes the state auditor can find answers.

ANN ARBOR, MI (MPRN)--   Environmental groups are stepping up their concerns about a potential plan to build a tunnel to house a controversial oil pipeline that passes through the Straits of Mackinac.

In Lansing Monday Sean McBrearty with the group Clean Water Action attacked the idea of building a tunnel.

ANN ARBOR, MI (MPRN)--   According to a new study, legalizing recreational marijuana would net half a billion dollars in new state tax revenue over its first five years. 

The study was commissioned by the group behind the November ballot question to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan. The tax revenue projection is based on the size of Michigan’s potential marijuana customer base paying a 10-percent excise tax and a 6-percent sales tax on marijuana purchases.

Economist Andrew Livingston says 4.5 million Michiganders are potential customers.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (MPRN)--   Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow says it’s time for Congress to come together to protect the Russia investigation. 

On Thursday President Trump is expected to either fire or accept the resignation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Rosenstein has been overseeing the Mueller investigation.  

Stabenow says there is still time for Congress to act before someone else is appointed to oversee the Mueller investigation.

“We can do things very quickly,” she says. “You can do things in a day. If Republican leadership wanted to do that.”

ANN ARBOR, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan’s economy is expected to feel the pinch as the next round of tariffs between the U-S and China take effect next week.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates a billion dollars’ worth of Michigan exports are being targeted by China, primarily affecting the auto industry. But China may respond with tariffs on more Michigan products in response to new tariffs the Trump administration is imposing next week on about $200 billion worth  of Chinese exports.

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.” 

Clarence Tabb, Jr. / The Detroit News

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.