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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Business
12:01 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

No big spike in gasoline prices expected this week

Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

AAA predicts 1.4 million Michiganders will travel during the Fourth of July holiday.

Most of them will be driving. GasBuddy.com says drivers should not expect to see a big spike in gasoline prices.

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Business
11:01 pm
Sun July 1, 2012

Michigan State University study finds Americans don't like to haggle online

More than a million Michiganders will be traveling during the Fourth of July holiday period. Many of them made hotel reservations online.

A Michigan State University professor says making online hotel reservations is an unsatisfactory experience for many people.

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Flint
4:01 pm
Sun July 1, 2012

Flint using special tax break to encourage downtown development

Flint's vacant Genesee Towers building
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

A public hearing Monday morning will begin a process that could help renovate some long-vacant buildings in downtown Flint.

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Law
1:01 am
Sat June 30, 2012

Michigan's ban on K2 and other synthetic drugs starts Sunday

Michigan's ban on K2 and other synthetic drugs starts July 1st, 2012
missionunity.org

Starting July 1, Michigan head shops and convenience stores will have to stop selling K2, Spice and other popular synthetic drugs.

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Politics & Government
1:17 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Federal aid coming to parts of Michigan hit hard by flooding in May

Genesee County residents hard hit by a May flood will soon get some help from the federal government.

More than 5 inches of rain fell on parts of Genesee County on May 3 and 4. 

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Lansing
10:35 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Lansing casino plan critic wins tribal chairmanship election

Artist conception of the proposed Kewadin Lansing casino
Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

A critic of part of the plan to build a casino in downtown Lansing has just been elected to lead one of the groups involved in the project. 

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Law
5:26 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Michigan Supreme Court rejects claim jury was not impartial in Kent County rape case

Ramon Bryant
Michigan Dept. of Corrections

The Michigan Supreme Court has reinstated the conviction of a Kent County man who claimed he was denied a fair trial because of the racial makeup of his jury.  

 

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Economy
12:26 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Michigan cities continue to lose population

Here's a clue to where to find some former Michiganders.
citygirlgc.blogspot.com

Michigan cities continue to see their populations shrink.Where’s everyone going?  Texas, it seems.

The U.S. Census is out with new numbers today that show population shifts in the nation’s 715 largest cities. And the data is not good for Michigan.

Seven Michigan cities ranked at the bottom of the list of the nation’s cities with more than 50,000 residents.

According to the report, Dearborn, Detroit, Livonia, Westland and Taylor all saw their populations drop 1 percent from 2010 to 2011.

Flint, Battle Creek and Saginaw also posted sharp population declines.

These latest population losses come after Michigan posted a slight population decline between the 2000 and 2010 censuses.  

Meanwhile, Texas had eight of the top 15 fastest-growing cities during the past year, according to the U.S. Census.

Environment & Science
1:01 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Triple digit temperatures in the forecast for parts of Michigan today

charlesandhudson.com

Electric utilities in Michigan are expecting to see a big spike in demand today, as temperatures are expected to climb to 100 degrees in parts of Michigan.

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Flint
4:07 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Michigan's governor asks (again) for federal help for Genesee County flood victims

A stranded trucked on southbound I-75 near Flint. He was recused by a boat from the roof of his cab.
courtesy of WDIV/Youtube

Gov. Snyder is trying again to get some federal help for people in Genesee County hard-hit by spring floods.  

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East Lansing
12:00 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

East Lansing moves on from City Center II

The former site of East Lansing's city Center II project
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

East Lansing city leaders are trying to decide what to do now that the city has decided to drop plans for a $105 million development project downtown. 

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Economy
12:58 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Michigan takes another step toward expanding casino gambling

courtesy of EHow

The group behind a push to allow eight new private casinos in Michigan handed in more than a half million signatures today to put the issue on the November ballot. 

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Environment & Science
11:56 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Enbridge Energy holds open house on oil pipeline plans

During an open house in Marshall, a couple looks at a map of the proposed route of a new crude oil pipeline that would travel along a diagonal line across southern Michigan
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Last night, dozens of people in Marshall had a chance to look at plans for a new oil pipeline that would run through their mid-Michigan community.

The new pipeline would replace an older one that ruptured two years ago, resulting in a massive oil spill.

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Lansing
11:40 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Lansing city council approves fiscal year end deficit elimination plan

Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Last night,  a reluctant Lansing City Council approved a plan to eliminate a nearly two million dollar budget deficit.   Lansing's fiscal year concludes at the end of this week.

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Environment & Science
1:01 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Enbridge will outline plans for new oil pipeline tonight in Marshall

Marshall's idyllic downtown park
city of Marshall

Enbridge Energy officials will to meet tonight with people in Marshall to lay out their plans for a new oil pipeline.

Two years ago, an Enbridge pipeline ruptured near Marshall, leaking more than 800 thousand gallons of crude oil.   Only last week, state and federal officials announced the reopening of most of the Kalamazoo River, which has been closed to the public so crews could clean up the oil spill.

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Flint
4:01 pm
Sat June 23, 2012

Learning a new way to defuse youth violence in Michigan's cities

Two dozen Flint teenagers will be in Lansing this week learning leadership skills.

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Education
11:31 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Michigan State University hikes tuition 3.5%

Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

It’s going to cost the average Michigan State University student $210 more to attend the fall semester.

The MSU Trustees today approved a 3.5 percent tuition increase for next year.  

The increase will be slightly higher for out-of-state students.

Lou Anna Simon is president of MSU. She says no one wants to raise college tuition.

“There are stories about students who are definitely in debt at a higher level than they should be,” Simon told the MSU Board of Trustees before the vote.

Other Michigan public colleges and universities also approved tuition hikes this week, including the University of Michigan and Michigan Tech.

Lansing
11:17 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Lansing to rehire laid off firefighters with money from a federal grant

Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

The city of Lansing is getting a federal grant that will allow the city to rehire firefighters laid off last year.

The $2.3 million grant will allow the city to rehire eight firefighters laid off last summer, as Lansing dealt with a large budget gap.

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Environment & Science
12:40 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Most of the Kalamazoo River, closed since a 2010 oil spill, is being reopened

Signs like this are coming down along a 34 mile stretch of the Kalamazoo River.
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Much of the Kalamazoo River, closed to the public since the 2010 Enbridge oil spill, is now reopened.

It’s been nearly two years since a broken pipeline near Marshall leaked more than 800,000 gallons of crude oil that eventually fouled more than 30 miles of the Kalamazoo River.

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Education
12:28 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Davenport University finds a new home in Lansing (again)

Davenport University president Rick Pappas (left) embraces Lansing mayor Virg Bernero during an announcement that the private college has found a new home in the capitol city.
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Davenport University announced plans today to spend $10 million on a new campus in downtown Lansing.

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