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.

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. 

Michigan businesses have been struggling to find new employees, despite the recent end of federal expanded jobless benefits 

A recent job fair at Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth drew a slow, but steady line of applicants. The iconic Michigan holiday outlet is looking for 100 to 150 seasonal employees for its big Christmas sales season. 

Michiganders will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks Saturday in small town parks and city plazas. Hundreds of people will mark the anniversary at an annual blood drive at Michigan International Speedway.

Over the years, the event has collected more than 10,000 blood donations.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer continued to shy away from a statewide school mask mandate Wednesday, despite a viral video showing some Michigan parents defying a local mandate in Washtenaw County.

The video making the rounds on social media shows parents urging their mask-less children to enter Manchester High School this week, after school officials step aside.

One parent can be heard on the video telling the children, “They can’t touch you, just go ahead and go in.”

One of the men accused of plotting to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday. 

25 year old Ty Garbin is the only federal defendant in the kidnapping case to plead guilty. He’s cooperating with the investigation, which is why prosecutors are asking the judge to only sentence Garbin to nine years in prison.

Officials in Michigan are encouraging entertainment venues to take advantage of a special federal relief program to help them through the pandemic.

The U.S. Small Business Administration has distributed nearly 10,000 grants, worth more than $7.6 billion, through the Shuttered Venues Operators Grant program.    

State and local health departments are stepping up efforts to get Michiganders to wear masks amid rising COVID-19 cases.

On Wednesday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services updated recommendations for schools, including universal indoor masking for all teachers, school staff and students.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is among a growing number of Democrats calling on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign.

The New York Attorney General's office released a report this week documenting a pattern of alleged sexual harassment by Cuomo of female members of his staff.

The investigation, conducted by two outside lawyers, found that the Cuomo administration was a hostile work environment "rife with fear and intimidation."

Shiawassee County residents vented their anger Sunday over the county board’s decision to give themselves COVID-19 hazard pay bonuses.

More than 200 people attended the standing-room only special meeting in Corunna. 

But before they could start addressing the Shiawassee County Board of Commissioners, Vice Chairman Brandon Marks kicked off the meeting with a special announcement.

A judge will hear arguments this fall over whether to quash the decision to bind three men over for trial on state charges that they planned to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

Pete Musico, Paul Bellar and Joseph Morrison are charged with gang membership, providing material support for terrorist acts and felony firearms.  

Flint continues to make progress in reducing lead in its drinking water.

In 2016, tests showed Flint’s drinking water contained high levels of lead contamination (20 parts per billion). Government standards require action to be taken if lead levels top 15 parts per billion. 

Governor Gretchen Whitmer is trying to reassure tens of thousands of Michiganders who’ve been warned they might have to pay back federal jobless benefits.

This affects nearly 650,000 people who initially qualified for the "Pandemic Unemployment Assistance" program. 

The problem is the state included four ways a person could qualify that ultimately were not approved by the federal government. 

On Monday, a federal judge held the first of three days of hearings into objections to a $641 million settlement of Flint water crisis civil lawsuits.

More than 50,000 people have registered for a piece of the settlement of claims against the state of Michigan, the city of Flint, McLaren Flint Hospital and Rowe Engineering.

People will have the opportunity this week to raise objections to a proposed settlement of civil claims tied to the Flint water crisis.

Starting Monday, a federal judge will hold the first of three days of hearings.

The Michigan Supreme Court will not give more time for a commission created to draw the state’s new political maps.

Tired of politicians drawing maps for Congressional seats and legislative districts, Michigan voters in 2018 decided to hand the job over to an independent commission.

Michigan U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow wants to remind people living below the poverty line that they qualify for an expanded federal child tax credit.

Families with children and earning up to $150,000 qualify for the monthly payment starting July 15.

The city of Flint’s lead service line pipe replacement program is entering a critical next few weeks.   

Flint’s water crisis prompted the city to begin inspecting the service lines connecting homes and businesses to city water mains.  Aging pipes were the primary source of lead in the city’s drinking water.

There’s new legislation to give people in public housing more protections, and provide them with help to improve the quality of their homes.

The Tenant Empowerment Act is intended to assist residents in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-assisted rental housing. Those residents face ongoing issues with the physical condition of their homes due to chronic underfunding and insufficient federal oversight.

State lawmakers are proposing using one-time federal funds to underwrite a $2.5 billion investment in Michigan’s water infrastructure.

The bill would use grants and loans to help pay for dam repairs, lead pipe replacement and other water related projects.

Senate Bill 565 includes:

-  $680 million for the creation of grant and loan programs to repair the most critical of Michigan’s dams 

A new survey of Michigan small business owners finds many are planning for a more positive future coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The survey by the Small Business Association of Michigan finds 72% of owners say they are optimistic about the survival of their businesses.

Executive Director Brian Calley says their optimism is clear.

“You don’t increase wages and plan to expand staff if you don’t see good opportunity for recovery in the future,” says Calley.

Calley concedes the survey’s results do not include the views of those who’s businesses were went out-of-business during the pandemic.

A court hearing Monday will look at the process of reviewing grand jury documents in the Flint Water Crisis investigation.

Defense attorneys accuse prosecutors of “stonewalling.”

In January, nine government officials including former Gov. Rick Snyder, were charged with crimes ranging from willful neglect of duty to involuntary manslaughter. The criminal counts were handed down by a one-man grand jury.   

Circuit Court Judge Duncan Beagle has been overseeing the process of reviewing evidence presented to the one-man grand jury in the Flint water crisis criminal investigation. 

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says her office will look into allegations of "potentially fraudulent activity" among people making false claims about the 2020 election. 

The allegations were raised in a report, from the Republican-controlled state Senate Oversight Committee, which found no evidence of “widespread or systemic fraud” in Michigan’s election.

Senate Republicans who investigated Michigan's presidential election say there was no widespread or systemic fraud.

The state of Michigan will take a major step toward normal as most state COVID-19 restrictions are lifted on Tuesday. 

But many businesses continue to struggle with one lingering effect of the pandemic: a labor shortage.

At a legislative committee hearing Thursday, state lawmakers heard from representatives from different industries. Tony Daoud operates gas stations in the Flint area. He blames pandemic jobless benefits that pay more than he does for his business’ struggle to recruit and retain hourly workers.

Former Governor Rick Snyder’s defense attorney says its “outrageous” that prosecutors have not given him all the evidence in Snyder’s Willful Neglect of Duty case.

Snyder was charged in January with two misdemeanor counts related to the Flint water crisis.   

The former governor could face a year in prison and up to a $1,000 fine on each count if convicted. He’s entered pleas of not guilty to the charges.

“All I can say is I am sorry.”

That’s what former United Auto Workers president Gary Jones told a federal judge during his sentencing hearing Thursday on embezzlement and tax evasion charges.

State lawmakers are clashing over legislation to restrict the use of so-called ‘No-Knock’ warrants.

Police use no-knock warrants to surprise suspects. But critics complain some police departments are abusing them, putting innocent people at risk.

State Sen. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor) says her bill would require police to consider other options before requesting a no-knock warrant.

“They should have those tools,” says Geiss, “But at the same time, they should be used surgically...very very carefully.”

The state’s top health official says she stands by Michigan’s COVID-19 fatality numbers for the state’s nursing homes. But she concedes other numbers for long-term care facilities “could be low.”

About 30% of all COVID deaths in Michigan during the pandemic are connected to nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

Members of Michigan’s congressional delegation are among those waiting to see if a deal can be cut between the Biden administration and Republican leaders on a major infrastructure bill. 

President Joe Biden met for nearly an hour Wednesday with the top Republican negotiator on infrastructure, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito.

Time is running out to strike a bipartisan deal, but they have agreed to reconnect Friday.

Top state law enforcement officials have announced the launching of an investigation into allegations against the Boy Scouts of America.

The Michigan Attorney General’s office and Michigan State Police are working to obtain information surrounding sex abuse allegations that came to light during recent civil litigation.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she wants to use federal COVID relief funds and a surprise increase in state tax revenue to invest more in public education in Michigan.

Whitmer proposes $1.7 billion in one-time funding and over $900 million for ongoing investment. 

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