Kristin Malavenda

Morning Edition Host & News Producer

Prior to moving to the Lafayette area in 1998, I lived most of my life in Connecticut. I graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1991 (Go Huskies!) with a bachelors degree in communications and absolutely no intention of going into radio.

After working in childcare for about one year, and quickly realizing that I did NOT want to work with children, I landed my first job in radio. The news director at a small commercial station near UConn hired me basically because his wife told him to. I worked at WILI AM/FM for a little over 5 years before moving to Lafayette.

I took 6 years off to be a stay-at-home mom to the two cutest kids ever, Max and Zoe.

Despite having to get up before the sun (and most farm animals!) I love working at WBAA and look forward to being here for a long time.

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General News
6:00 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Purdue Device Could Standardize Test For Pacemakers

The SafePace device tests pacemaker leads to make sure they are implanted securely.
Credit Purdue University

Cardiac surgeons could use a Purdue invention to standardize a test that determines if a pacemaker is implanted securely.

WBAA’s Kristin Malavenda spoke with biomedical engineering graduate students Johnny Zhang  and Elizabeth Mercer about their device, known as SafePace.

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General News
6:00 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Purdue Technology Identifies Patients Most At Risk Of Falling

Purdue doctoral student Albert Kim, right, wears a smartphone modified so that it can be used to measure a person's walking gait. This is to prevent falls in people with compromised balance, such as the elderly or those with Parkinson's disease. Looking on is Babak Ziaie, a professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering
Credit Purdue University photo/Mark Simons

Researchers at Purdue are using smartphones to help detect which people are most at risk of falling.

WBAA’s Kristin Malavenda spoke with Purdue professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering Dr. Babak Ziaie and Health and Kinesiology associate professor Dr. Shirley Rietdyk (REE dike) about the technology known as SmartGait.

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General News
6:00 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Tippecanoe County Coroner Discusses Increase In Deaths, Future Of Her Budget

Credit Alan Cleaver / https://www.flickr.com/photos/alancleaver/

Earlier this week, the Tippecanoe County Coroner requested, and received, and additional $80,000 for her budget.

WBAA’s Kristin Malavenda spoke with Donna Avolt about the problems she says are contributing to the increase in deaths in the county and whether the corresponding increase in the budget is a trend that will continue.

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General News
1:07 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Coroner Says Increased Caseload Prompted Request For More Money

Credit Tony Webster / https://www.flickr.com/photos/diversey/

The Tippecanoe County Council has appropriated an additional $80,000 for the Coroner’s Office.

Coroner Donna Avolt says they have already spent more than $78,000 on autopsies this year, compared to roughly $64,000 for all of last year.

She says she doesn’t expect the caseload to ease up at all.

Avolt says this has been a rough year, with numerous drug-related deaths, fatal fires, and a homicide.

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General News
5:05 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Future Of Americus Quarry In Question After Commissioners Approve Ordinance

Dozens of members of the Americus Area Community Coalition show their support for an ordinance that establishes a buffer zone between quarries and residential areas.
Credit Kristin Malavenda / http://wbaa.org/

Tippecanoe County Commissioners have given final approval to an ordinance that bans a new quarry if 100 residences are within a two-mile radius of the proposed operation.

The move puts the future of a proposed limestone quarry near Americus in question.

WBAA’s Kristin Malavenda reports.

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General News
1:10 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Commissioners Approve Ordinance Designed To Stop Americus Quarry

Dozens of members of the Americus Area Community Coalition show their support for an ordinance that establishes a buffer zone between quarries and residential areas.
Credit Kristin Malavenda / http://wbaa.org/

Tippecanoe County Commissioners have given final approval to an ordinance that bans a new quarry if 100 or more residences are within a two-mile radius of the proposed operation.

The move puts the future of a proposed limestone quarry near Americus in question.

More than 100 members of the public attended a public hearing at this morning’s Commissioners meeting.

Five spoke out against the ordinance that establishes a buffer zone between quarries and residential areas. All were associated with Rogers Group— the company seeking to establish the quarry.

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Election & Politics
6:00 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Tippecanoe County Democrats Fill Some Spots On The November Ballot, Leave Others Open

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Tippecanoe County Democrats have slated six candidates for the November General Election.

At their caucus June 28th, Democrats slated Judge Tom Busch for Circuit Court Judge, Eric Grossman for county assessor, Ashley Smith for Fairfield Township Board, Larry Funk for Lauramie Township Board, Michael Childress for Wea Township Board, and Michael Oxenrider for Wabash Township Board.

WBAA’s Kristin Malavenda spoke with party chair Heather Maddox about how the candidates were chosen…and why the party historically has had difficulty filling all the spots on the ballot.

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General News
5:01 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Purdue Energy Camp Sparks Interest In STEM for Students, Teachers

Students at the Duke Energy Academy at Purdue test wind turbines they built themselves.
Credit Kristin Malavenda / http://wbaa.org/

About 50 high school students and 30 teachers spent the past week on the Purdue campus learning about energy related topics.

It was part of a program designed to spark their interest in fields related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

WBAA's Kristin Malavenda has more.

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General News
2:05 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Tippecanoe County Begins Issuing Marriage Licenses To Same-Sex Couples

Daniel Peo (left) and Douglas Taylor (right) become the first same-sex couple to receive a marriage license in Tippecanoe County.
Credit Kristin Malavenda / http://wbaa.org/

A moment that many same-sex couples in the area have been waiting for happened around 9:45 this morning at the Tippecanoe County Courthouse.

WBAA’s Kristin Malavenda reports.

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Breaking
9:49 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Tippecanoe County Issues First Gay Marriage License

County Clerk Christa Coffey had opted to wait for more direction before issuing any licenses.
Credit Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

2:40 p.m. UPDATE:

Indiana Public Broadcasting Statehouse Reporter Brandon Smith has received this communication from a Department of Health spokesperson regarding the forms the state uses to grant marriage licenses:

"The state is working to comply with Judge Young's order in regards to new marriage licenses forms that allow more than just one male and one female applicant."

Some clerks had claimed they could not grant the licenses because the forms would not allow for two partners of the same sex.

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