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. 

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."

ANN ARBOR, MI (MPRN)--   Across Michigan local clerks are preparing for the challenges of November’s general election.

The COVID-19 pandemic is driving a sharp rise in absentee voting and concerns for the health of people who will be manning the polls on Election Day.

Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope is the president of the Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks. He says the August primary helped prepare them for the challenges ahead.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson expects results for the August primary and November’s general election will be delayed because so many voters are casting ballots.   

Still, Benson says state election workers are ready for next week's primary election.

She concedes all those absentee ballots will take time to count.

“All data would suggest that we’re talking about at least one or two days before we get results in most races in our August primary,” she says.

ANN ARBOR, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer is shutting down indoor bar service in Lower Michigan to slow the spread of coronavirus. 

For some bar owners it could be “last call.”

Scott Ellis is the executive director of the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association.  He says the governor’s order is “devastating,” and could force 50 percent of bars in Lower Michigan to close permanently.

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FLINT, MI (MPRN)--   The last Flint water crisis criminal defendant had the case against her dismissed Wednesday. 

Liane Shekter-Smith was an official in the Department of Environmental Quality during the time Flint’s drinking water became contaminated with lead.

In court Michigan Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud criticized the plea deal that's allowing her to walk free.

“This plea deal...allows the defendant to walk away without a blemish without anything on her record today,” she said.

ANN ARBOR, MI (MPRN)--   President Donald Trump will be campaigning in Michigan Wednesday, on the same day Congress debates impeaching him. 

President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General William Barr will all be in the state.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer does not see a problem with the spotlight on Michigan, even with the impeachment debate going on in Washington D.C.

“The world’s going to be watching Michigan and you know what that’s a good thing,” she says.

DETROIT, MI (MPRN)--   Vice President Mike Pence brought a spirited defense of the Trump administration’s economic policies to a speech in Detroit Monday. 

Speaking to 300 members and guests of the Detroit Economic Club, Pence said the U.S. economic outlook remains strong. He accused those saying otherwise of “irresponsible rhetoric.”

The vice president said the Trump administration’s economic policies are helping Michigan’s top industry.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   House Speaker Lee Chatfield says he has asked state Representative Larry Inman to resign. 

Inman—a Republican from Traverse City—was indicted this week on federal charges, including attempted extortion and soliciting a bribe.

Chatfield says Inman’s actions are not what the people of Michigan deserve.