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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Economy
3:54 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Report: Lower paid men in Michigan have seen big income erosion since 1979

Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

A new report shows it’s getting harder for people in Michigan at the lower end of the pay scale.

Yannet Lathrop is a policy analyst for the Michigan League for Public Policy.

Her study finds the bottom 20% of Michigan's male wage earners have seen their real income, adjusted for inflation, drop by nearly a third since 1979.

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Education
3:25 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Lansing is launching a special neighborhood watch-style program at city schools

Leon Bounds stands outside Lansing's Sexton High School. He's among a handful of volunteers taking part in the city's 'school watch' program this fall
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

When the final bell rings, students stream out of Lansing’s three public high schools. And sometimes that’s when the trouble begins.

In 2013, an after-school shooting outside Lansing’s Sexton High School injured four students.

City officials are hoping a new team of volunteers may help head off problems in the future. 

Police Chief Mike Yankowski says the “school watch” program will operate similar to a “neighborhood watch”, keeping an eye out for trouble during the hours after school.

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Politics & Government
11:43 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Pro and anti-wolf hunting groups square off at Michigan's Capitol today

Many wolf hunt opponents complain state lawmakers are circumventing November's two referendums.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

People for and against a wolf hunt in Michigan are at the state Capitol today.

Orange-wearing hunters are mixing with people waving signs calling for protecting Michigan’s wolves.

The state House is poised to vote on the Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act. The act would open the door once again to wolf hunting. The state Senate has already voted in favor of the act.  

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Politics & Government
8:05 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Battle Creek military base may host U.S. missile base

People at last night’s public expressed some concern about making Battle Creek a military target. But more were interested in the potential jobs the missile complex may deliver.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

A decade from now, Battle Creek could be a key component of the nation’s missile defense program. 

Fort Custer is one of several sites in the eastern U.S. being reviewed for an expansion of a missile interceptor system.

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Politics & Government
5:42 pm
Sun August 24, 2014

State House votes on hunting bill this week; another wolf hunt could take place this year

On Wednesday, state lawmakers take up the Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act. The act would give the Natural Resources Commission the authority to set hunting seasons.
Credit USFWS

Michigan hunters could find wolves in their crosshairs again later this year, if the state House approves legislation on Wednesday.

Last year, hunters killed 22 wolves in a state-sanctioned hunt in the Upper Peninsula.

Plans for another wolf hunt this fall were shelved after opponents collected enough signatures to put the issue on the November ballot. They did so again when state lawmakers passed another law to authorize a wolf hunt.

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Families & Community
2:00 pm
Sat August 23, 2014

Salvaging homes and lives in Flint

Lynette Delgado handles some of the items volunteers removed from a blighted home.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

A non-profit group in Flint hopes salvaging parts of some of the city’s blighted homes will help salvage the lives of some of Flint’s most in-need residents.

Lynette Delgado is with the B-Light Restoration Center. She says they are working with private property owners to salvage bits and pieces of homes to be demolished. She says they’re training local homeless and other at-risk individuals to remove architectural features of blighted homes.

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Politics & Government
5:14 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Gov. Snyder defends key aide amid calls for his firing

Rick Snyder and Rich Baird’s relationship goes back a long way. Baird hired Snyder after the future governor graduated from college.
Credit State of Michigan

Gov. Rick Snyder is standing by his longtime friend and key adviser, Rich Baird, amid calls for his firing by state Democratic Party officials.

Rich Baird has played an important behind-the-scenes role for the governor since Snyder took office.

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Politics & Government
3:56 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Flint, state officials discuss return to local control

State officials met with Flint’s emergency manager, mayor and city council members this week to discuss a possible plan to transition the city back under local control.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Flint is making progress toward possibly beginning the process of emerging from state oversight next spring. But there’s still a lot to do.

Flint’s been under an emergency manager since 2011.   

State officials met with Flint’s emergency manager, mayor, and city council members this week to discuss a possible plan to transition the city back to local control.     

Emergency manager Darnell Earley says the city still has to show it’s ready to be run in a financially responsible way. 

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Health
5:51 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Michigan lawmakers score poorly in report on dealing with cancer

The American Cancer Society-Cancer Action Network’s annual “How Do You Measure Up” report says Michigan state lawmakers should be doing more to reduce cancer risks.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Michigan state lawmakers need to do more to help protect people from cancer. That’s the finding of a new study by the American Cancer Society.

The American Cancer Society says 58,610 people in Michigan will be diagnosed with cancer this year;  20,800 will die.

Nationwide, the society estimates 1.6 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in 2014, and 580,000 will die from the disease. 

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network’s annual “How Do You Measure Up” report says Michigan state lawmakers should be doing more to reduce cancer risks.

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Education
9:18 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

It's time for Michigan kids to start preparing to return to school

A big crowd turned out today for Grand Rapids Public Schools Back to School kickoff event
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Michigan school districts are gearing up for the beginning of the school year.

Many school districts are holding kickoff events, including Grand Rapids Public Schools which drew hundreds of grade-school students and parents today.

Teresa Weatherall-Neal is Grand Rapids' school superintendent. She says it’s important for parents and children to realize summer is almost over.

"We need people to now switch gears. Summer is over. We need you to start thinking about school,” says Weatherall-Neal. “It’s time to come back.”

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Law
12:49 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

UM Innocence Clinic & two retired cops fighting to free man convicted of double murder

Jeff Titus is currently serving two life terms. He was convicted in 2002, after a ‘cold case’ squad reopened the decade old investigation into murders of two hunters.
Credit Michigan Department of Corrections

Jeff Titus is currently serving two life sentences for a double homicide in 1990.

Two men believe Titus’ alibi that he was hunting in a different part of the state at the time the shootings took place.     The two men are the original detectives who investigated the crime.

On November 17th, 1990, Doug Estes and Jim Bennett were hunting in the Fulton State Gaming Area.  Both were shot in the back at close range.  

The shooting occurred near the property of Jeff Edward Titus.  

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Health
4:41 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Hunger in Michigan remains a problem

Michigan’s food banks will be marking Hunger Action Month in September.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

A new report says one in seven Americans gets some of their food from the nation’s food banks.

The Hunger in America study finds demand remains high at the nation’s food banks despite an improving economy. Demand is high in Michigan as well.

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Law
5:56 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Big changes coming to police radio systems

The 2012 Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act calls for using part of the proceeds from the sale part of the broadcast spectrum to create a nationwide public safety communications network.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Police chiefs in Michigan are concerned that changes coming to the way the U.S. manages its broadcast spectrum may negatively affect their radio systems.

The Federal Communications Commission hopes to auction off part of the broadcast spectrum next year to meet growing demand for personal electronic devices.

The auction is expected to generate more than $20 billion dollars. 

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Politics & Government
4:38 am
Mon August 18, 2014

State officials try to head off possible propane shortage this winter

10% of Michiganders use propane to heat their homes and businesses.
Credit propane.pro

It’s warm today, but state officials are urging Michiganders who use propane to heat their homes and businesses to act now and fill their tanks.

In January, Governor Snyder declared an energy emergency. Propane supplies had dropped after farmers were forced to use a large amount of propane to dry soggy crops during the previous fall.

The polar vortex forced temperatures down and people turned up their thermostats to heat their homes.

High demand & low supply =a shortage of propane. 

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Economy
3:33 pm
Sun August 17, 2014

Michigan gasoline prices entering 'volatile' next few weeks

“I think for the next few weeks we could see some pricing volatility. But then some lower prices should return come late September,” says Patrick DeHaan of GasBuddy.com
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

An analyst predicts Michigan’s gasoline prices will be ‘volatile’ during the last few weeks of Summer.

GasBuddy.com’s Patrick DeHaan says a quiet Atlantic hurricane season and little disruptions to world oil supplies are keeping Michigan’s gasoline prices relatively low.

But DeHaan says some oil refinery issues in Illinois and Indiana may boost prices.

“I think for the next few weeks we could see some pricing volatility. But then some lower prices should return come late September,” says DeHaan.

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Business
5:25 pm
Sat August 16, 2014

The growth of the gourmet food truck industry is charted in new UM study

It's estimated there are about four thousand ‘gourmet’ food trucks, in U.S. cities with more than 100,000 residents.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Gourmet food trucks have seen remarkable growth in recent years.

A new University of Michigan study looks at the phenomena.

Researcher Todd Schifeling is a doctoral candidate in sociology at UM.  He’s also a big fan of food trucks. In fact, he says he was spending so much time eating at his local food truck, he thought he might as well get some research done at the same time.

Schifeling says gourmet food trucks tend to grow in communities with active locally grown food scenes and more than the average number of college graduates.

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Health
3:17 pm
Sat August 16, 2014

New poll finds some suprising answers concerning children's health

Obesity, smoking and drug abuse top the list of health concerns adults have about children.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Adults surveyed for a new poll rank childhood obesity as the top health concern for kids. 

More than two thousand adults were surveyed for the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health.

Director Matt Davis says obesity, smoking and drug abuse top the list of health concerns adults have about children.

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Politics & Government
4:48 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Michigan congressman worries about future U.S. military action in Iraq

“I think that before we would ever commit troops again (in Iraq) the president would have to present a case that we would have to sign off on,” says Rep. Fred Upton (MI-R)
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Michigan Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, says President Obama should be more open about his plans for U.S. military involvement in Iraq.

The U.S. has been dropping bombs on Islamic militants in northern Iraq for a week.

The group, commonly known as ISIS, has been expanding its hold on the region and destabilizing the Iraqi government and forcing Christians to flee.

Congressman Fred Upton is concerned President Obama may expand the U.S. role in Iraq without congressional approval.

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Law
10:27 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Michigan lawmakers tackling the child custody rights of active duty servicemen

“This is common sense,” says State Senator Rick Jones, “When men and women are serving our country, they need to know they are not going to lose their rights while they are serving.”
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Michigan soldiers and sailors may soon have new protections in child custody cases.

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Law
9:16 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Michigan lawmakers take steps to help victims of sexual assault

State Senator Rick Jones says these bills will close existing loopholes in the system.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Legislation is moving through the state Legislature to improve the way law enforcement agencies handle evidence in sexual assault cases.

In 2009, more than 11,000 rape kits were discovered unprocessed in a Detroit police storage facility. Some of the sexual assault cases dated back more than 20 years. 

In the years since the discovery, testing has linked the DNA of 100 serial rapists to the kits. A national database has linked samples to crimes committed in about two dozen other states. 

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