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. 

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Education
12:33 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Back to school anxiety expected among some Michigan students today

A memorial for the victims at Sandy Hook elementary school.
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Many Michigan school children may be feeling anxious about returning to school today in the wake of Friday’s school massacre. 

More than two dozen people died in the shooting spree at a school in Newtown, Connecticut.

A school counseling expert says teachers and other staff will have to be ready to help students with their concerns about safety.

Shawn Bultsma is the former president of the Michigan School Counselors Association. He also teaches school counselors at Grand Valley State University.

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Politics & Government
11:48 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Michigan Governor Snyder greeted with boos and applause at MSU commencement

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder delivers the fall commencement address at Michigan State University
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Michigan State University graduates had to pass thru a line of  anti-Right to Work picketers to attend  today’s commencement ceremony.

The focus of the protest was the commencement speaker.

Governor Snyder was greeted with a mixture of boos and applause, as  MSU officials draped the symbol of his honorary degree on his shoulders.


Snyder briefly acknowledged the Right to Work controversy that has dominated the news from the state capitol this week.

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Politics & Government
6:43 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Gov. Snyder to deliver Michigan State University commencement speech

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, (R)
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Governor Rick Snyder will deliver the commencement address at Michigan State University’s December graduation this morning.    

Some 23 hundred undergraduates and graduate students will receive their degrees during the mid-morning ceremony at the Breslin Center.

Thousands of family members and friends are expected to attend.   And maybe a few protesters as well.

Several groups unhappy with Governor Snyder’s quick signing this week of Right to Work legislation have talked about showing up at the M-S-U commencement which is open to the public.

Politics & Government
12:08 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Donations pour into Lansing's 'Hot Dog Man' after Right to Work melee destroys his cart

Clinton Tarver aka The Hot Dog Man
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

An online fundraising campaign has collected thousands of dollars to help a Lansing man whose hot dog cart was destroyed during Tuesday’s anti-Right to Work rally at the state capitol.

Clinton Tarver’s hot dog cart has long been a fixture in Lansing, usually set up across the street from the state capitol.  But on Tuesday he was set up inside a tent on the capitol grounds. 

Union members tore down the tent, which housed right to work supporters.

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Politics & Government
4:41 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Right-to-work supporters say their 1st Amendment rights were violated

Union members yank down a tent set up by Americans for Prosperity, a pro-Right to Work group, during Tuesday's rally at the state capitol in Lansing
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Supporters of Michigan's new Right-to-Work law say they were attacked on the Capitol grounds Tuesday by union members.   Now they want a formal investigation.

During Tuesday’s anti-Right to Work demonstration on the state capitol grounds, union members tore down a tent set up by the legislation’s supporters.    About a dozen members of Americans for Prosperity were caught in the tent as it collapsed.   They claim they were punched and kicked and had property stolen and destroyed. 

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Politics & Government
10:45 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Lansing tries to silence fireworks

Lansing has joined other Michigan cities in clamping down on the use of exploding fireworks.

Last Summer, neighborhoods in Lansing and many other  Michigan cities sounded like mini- war zones, as many residents took advantage of a new state law allowing larger, consumer grade fireworks to be bought in the state.

But while the fireworks were very popular among those setting them off, many other residents were upset that their summer nights were disturbed by constant bangs, whizzing and explosions, long after the Fourth of July.   

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Politics & Government
12:35 am
Mon December 10, 2012

'Right to work' protests expected to be a major disruption in Lansing Tuesday

Last Thursday, union protesters took to the streets in Lansing. More demonstrators are expected Tuesday.
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Downtown Lansing is preparing for another big protest day at the state capitol tomorrow.   

The impact could be bigger than last week’s protest against so called "Right to Work" legislation.

Organizers expect several thousand union members and their supporters will descend on Lansing on Tuesday.   Its part of a protest against the legislature’s expected votes on Right to Work bills.

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Politics & Government
12:21 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Unions spend the weekend working to stop 'right to work' bills

(file photo)
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Opponents of so called "Right to Work" legislation labored over the weekend to attack what they see as an assault on unions.

We Are Michigan, a coalition of unions and related groups, held a news conference Sunday featuring small business owners who oppose the Right to Work legislation expected to pass the Michigan legislature this week.

Unions complain the legislation would weaken organized labor in Michigan.

Chris Jordan runs an insurance company and is a union member.    He says Right to Work laws will hurt small businesses and Michigan’s middle class.

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Politics & Government
4:24 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

"Right-to-Work" passions running high outside the state capitol

Union workers picket outside the Michigan Chamber of Commerce
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Passions grew hot inside the state capitol building in Lansing as lawmakers debated "Right-to-Work" legislation.    Those passions also spilled into Lansing’s streets.

Hundreds of union members and their supporters spent much of the day milling around the state capitol grounds, unable to get into the building itself and unwilling to leave.

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Economy
9:17 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Pre-foreclosed homes selling briskly in Michigan

(file photo)
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Michigan continues to see homes in the foreclosure process selling at a brisk rate.

About 24% of the homes sold in Michigan during the third quarter of the year (July-September) were in some stage of the foreclosure process.

Realty Trac reports that’s about 5% higher than the national average.

Georgia had the highest percentage of pre-foreclosure homes among residential sales at 38%.

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Politics & Government
6:30 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Michigan's Emergency Financial Manager law survives legal challenge

Ingham County Ciruit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina listens as attorney Herbert Sanders makes his argument that Michigan's Emergency Financial Manager law should be off the books
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Michigan’s controversial Emergency Financial Manager law has survived a legal challenge.

But the judge’s decision may have opened a new door to legal challenges.

Michigan’s old Emergency Financial Manager law (Public Act 72) was repealed when state lawmakers passed a new law in 2011 giving the managers even broader powers.  However that new tougher law was rejected by voters last month.

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Politics & Government
3:39 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

'Fiscal Cliff' worries hit the street in Michigan

A small group protests outside the Lansing office of Michigan Congressman Mike Rogers. They want Congress not to extend the Bush era tax cuts for the top 2% of American taxpayers
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Concerns about the nation’s fiscal cliff crisis have reached the streets of Lansing.

A small band of protesters stood outside of Michigan Congressman Mike Rogers’ local office today to call for the rich to pay higher taxes.

Passing motorists responded to signs asking them to HONK for the end of the Bush tax cuts.

Not all the tax breaks that are scheduled to end at the end of the year.  Just those for the richest two percent of American income earners.

Stephen Wooden is a Michigan State University student.  He thinks it’s about balance.

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Politics & Government
3:42 pm
Sun November 25, 2012

Supporters want the Michigan legislature to vote on a controversial bill on 'foreign laws'

(file photo)
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Supporters of an ‘Anti-Sharia' bill plan to put pressure on Michigan lawmakers this week.

They want a vote on the bill, which would bar Michigan courts from citing ‘foreign’ laws in their decisions.   The bill has sat in the State House Judiciary committee for nearly a year and a half.

Irving Ginsburg is a member of the group that supports the bill.   He’s upset it could die without ever getting a vote.

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Offbeat
3:34 pm
Sat November 24, 2012

Poll shows parents want more online protections for children

A new University of Michigan survey finds most parents want stronger online protections for children under 13.

The poll shows two-thirds of parents say a federal law that protects children's privacy online should be expanded to include handheld devices.

“The hope is that this update of the federal rules can be combined with continuing or maybe even enhanced parent vigilance around what their kids are seeing and where their kids are going on the internet,” says Matt Davis, the director of the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health.

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Business
1:56 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Some Black Friday bargains at Michigan stores are a real steal

Black Friday shoppers in Jackson, Michigan
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Not everyone shopping in Michigan stores this weekend plans to buy.

Some plan to steal.

The hectic nature of the holiday shopping season makes it easier for shoplifters.

Individual shoplifters have always been a headache for Michigan store owners.   But Tom Scott with the Michigan Retailers Association says now store owners are having to deal with organized gangs of shoplifters…

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Business
1:46 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Small Michigan stores are hoping for a big holiday shopping season too

Lansing's Old Town commercial district
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Most of the attention this weekend is on long lines at big box retailers.  But Michigan’s smaller retailers are counting on some shoppers to look to them to kick off their holiday shopping season.

Wedged between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is Small Business Saturday.

Louise Gradwohl is with Lansing’s Old Town Commercial Association.  She says the national campaign should mean an uptick in shoppers checking out Old Town's mix of art galleries and other eclectic stores.

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Business
7:41 am
Fri November 23, 2012

The holiday shopping rush is on in Michigan

(file photo)
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Michigan retailers are optimistic they will have a very good holiday shopping season this year.

Nationally, sales are expected to be up by four percent over last year.

Tom Scott with the Michigan Retailers Association says this is a critical five-week stretch for many store owners.

“It’s probably 20 to 25% of a retailers’ business of the year…depending on what kind of retailer they are,” says Scott,  “If they’re a toy store….it could be 50% or more.”

Business
3:18 pm
Thu November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012 - Turkey with a side of shopping

Target and other big retailers will open this evening, to get a jump on the holiday shopping season (file photo)
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Many Michigander plans to mix turkey and shopping today.   But one Michigan State University professor believes it’s a delicate balance for retailers.

It used to be that large crowds lined up in the early hours the day after Thanksgiving to jam Michigan stores and take advantage of Black Friday sales.

No more.

Walmart, Target and other major retailers plan to open this evening, well before midnight, barely giving many Michiganders time to digest their turkey dinners before starting on their holiday shopping lists.

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Education
3:02 pm
Thu November 22, 2012

MSU study: Novice teachers need a good working relationship with school principals

New research from Michigan State University shows novice teachers need a good working relationship with their school’s principal.

MSU researchers interviewed new elementary and middle school teachers in Michigan and Indiana.   The study found novice teachers don't seem to mind heavy workloads or a lack of resources.

But the researcher did find many teachers who said they were ready to look for another job or quit the profession entirely, if they felt they weren’t getting the support they needed from their school’s principal.

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Politics & Government
4:52 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Michigan's changing view of gay marriage

A new poll shows a majority of Michiganders support gay marriage.

8 years ago, 59% of Michigan voters approved a state constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage and civil unions.

But Michigan State University researchers say a poll has found 56% of Michiganders are now in favor of gay marriage.    The poll of more than a thousand Michiganders turn place between mid-June and mid-August.

Charles Ballard is the director of the State of the State Survey.  He says there remains a core of people ‘Strongly Opposed’ to gay marriage.

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