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. 

State health officials are launching an investigation into vaping.  They are looking for a possible link to a serious respiratory illnesses.

The Caro High School band played the school’s fight song as supporters of their hometown’s century-old psychiatric center rallied on the state capitol steps.

Residents of the small community in the Thumb rallied at the state Capitol on Tuesday. They urged state leaders to reconsider a plan to scale back a planned psychiatric facility in their town.

The Caro Center was in line to get a new 200-bed facility. But earlier this year, the Whitmer administration stopped construction of the $115 million facility.   

Marijuana products in Michigan may soon carry a warning label.

Legislation approved by the state House Judiciary Committee Tuesday would slap labels on marijuana products warning against use by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. 

“When you are pregnant, marijuana use is not…the best thing you can be doing. And I believe everyone agrees with that,” says Rep. Graham Filler (R-DeWitt), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee.

Michigan State University attorneys are asking a federal judge to dismiss dozens of lawsuits filed by people who say they're victims of sexual abuse by Larry Nassar.

The lawsuits represent the second wave of plaintiffs filing suit against the university. 

The lawsuits were filed after MSU reached a $500 million settlement with more than 300 victims of Larry Nassar in June 2018.

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters are pushing an expansion of a program designed to protect the Great Lakes.

The current Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is set to expire in 2021.

Michigan’s senior U.S. senator is concerned about what President Trump will do at this weekend’s G7 Summit.

The Group of Seven, or G7, includes the United States, Germany, Japan, Britain, France, Canada and Italy. 

President Donald Trump and other leaders of the world's most industrialized nations will open their annual G7 summit in France by discussing the global economy.

Economists say global economic growth has slowed, amid fears that a recession may be on the horizon. But President Trump insists the U.S. economy is strong.

Flint Junior High was closed Wednesday because of high temperatures inside the school.

Other Flint public school students are getting some relief from the heat.

A new report finds PFAS contamination in about one in ten public water systems in Michigan.

PFAS compounds (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) have been linked to serious health problems.  The chemicals were used in a variety of products, from firefighting foam to food packaging.

The Michigan Department of Education is getting an “incomplete” on its assignment to assign a letter grade to every Michigan school.

The state Department of Education will miss a September first deadline to provide "A to F" grades on Michigan schools.

The law requiring the new accountability system was passed during last year’s lame duck legislative session. But education department officials have struggled to compile all of the necessary data to meet the legislative timetable.

Michigan is joining nearly two dozen other states and several cities suing the Trump Administration over its decision to relax rules on fossil fuels fueled power plants emissions.

This week, voters across Michigan go to the polls to cast ballots in a variety of local elections.

Incumbent mayors in Warren, Jackson and Flint are facing primary challenges on Tuesday.

In Flint, Mayor Karen Weaver is running for re-election after a term that has seen her city plunged into the national spotlight because of the city’s water crisis and the city’s slow recovery.

Orange barrel season in Michigan might be a little longer this year.

Dozens of Michigan construction projects are in limbo as unionized heavy equipment operators went on strike early Wednesday morning.  

The Operating Engineers Local 324 is upset with a stalemate in contract talks with the Indiana-based Rieth-Riley Construction. The company is handling roughly 90 state road projects, including large projects on I-94 and I-75.

Union spokesman Dan McKernan accuses the company of unfair labor practices.

State health department officials say the state of Michigan should keep a psychiatric center in the Thumb open, but scrap plans for a major expansion.

The Caro Center has been operating for more than a century in Tuscola County. Hundreds of people are employed at the center which provides psychiatric care to dozens of patients in a collection of aging buildings.

Officials overseeing the former General Motors’ Buick City site in Flint have submitted a plan to the state to expand their investigation of PFAS contamination discharging into the Flint River.

PFAS has been linked to numerous public health issues. 

A pair of Democratic presidential campaigns swung through Flint Wednesday.

Former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke spoke to an enthusiastic crowd at a downtown Flint office building.   

O’Rourke talked with the crowd about a variety of issues, including immigration and entrepreneurship.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she’ll take a close look at a proposal that would create a graduated income tax in Michigan.

A graduated income tax would increase the tax burden of wealthier Michiganders. 

Environmentalists are calling on presidential candidates to commit to doing more to protect the Great Lakes. 

The "Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition" has a 5-point action plan they’d like to see candidates adopt. 

Crews are working to restore power after heavy storms over two days knocked out power for hundreds of thousands of Michigan homes and businesses.

Time is running out for an online fundraising campaign for a program that uses Flint teenagers to test their neighbors' tap water.

State and local health officials are investigating multiple cases of a gastrointestinal illness in southwest Michigan. caused by a microscopic parasite in southwest . 

Chanting “Nine Years, No Plan, No Action,” Oscoda residents rallied on Tuesday outside a town hall meeting reviewing the cleanup of PFAS contamination seeping from the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base.

The chemicals are from firefighting foam used by the U.S. Air Force (USAF) for decades. PFAS have been detected not only on the former air field, but in the groundwater and in nearby waterways.

  

 

A scion of the Meijer family is running to unseat U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich.

Thirty-one-year-old Peter Meijer, grandson of the late retail industry titan Fred Meijer, is the latest Republican to line up to challenge maverick Congressman Justin Amash.

Recreational marijuana sales in Michigan are a step closer to reality.

Wednesday, Michigan’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency released emergency regulations for businesses planning on entering the recreational marijuana retail marketplace. 

The regulations establish temporary rules governing Michigan’s recreational market, which is expected to be worth billions of dollars.   

Detroit and Flint both rank low in a new report on the Best and Worst Run Cities in America.

The report was produced by WalletHub, which is a personal finance website.

Analyst Jill Gonzalez says they based their ranking on 2018 data looking at a variety of topics, including crime, pollution and the fiscal health of cities.

She says Detroit (145) and Flint (143) both ranked in the bottom ten of 150 cities.

Attorneys say progress is being made toward potentially settling a class action lawsuit against the state in the Flint water crisis.

The lawsuit is seeking compensation for a variety of issues, including health problems and property damage related to the switch in the city’s water source back in 2014.  

The Palace of Auburn Hills will soon be no more.

The Palace served as the home of the Detroit Pistons and a popular concert venue for decades.  But it will be demolished this fall to make way for a mixed use office park.  

The Pistons organization announced a joint venture between team owner Tom Gores and Livonia-based Schostak Brothers & Company to redevelop the property.

Prosecutors heading up the Flint water crisis criminal investigation will meet with city residents this week.

Friday’s town hall meeting will give residents a chance to better understand why prosecutors decided to drop charges against the remaining defendants in the water crisis probe.

The Flint city council is expected to take up some budget amendments at Monday’s meeting.

Flint’s budget process has been a bit bumpy this year.

Mayor Karen Weaver vetoed changes the city council made to her budget proposal.

The council added about two million dollars to the budget, mainly to add firefighters. Last week, the council voted 6-1 to override the mayor’s veto.

Michigan’s senior U.S. senator says Congress’ role in a potential military conflict with Iran may be debated on the U.S. Senate floor this week.

Tensions between the U.S. and Iran have been rising.

Last week, Iran shot down a U.S. spy drone.   President Trump says he authorized and later cancelled a retaliatory strike. The U.S. did launch a cyber-attack against Iranian military computer systems.

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) says the Trump administration is not “thinking through the consequences” of its action against Iran.

This week, President Donald Trump announced he canceled a military strike on Iranian targets in retaliation for Iran shooting down a U.S. drone.

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