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.


General News
10:40 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Purdue Professor To Run 3,080 Miles For Research And Charity

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A lot of people have “running a marathon” on their bucket list.

But how about running a marathon a day for five months straight?

That’s just what a group of runners, including a Purdue professor, is planning to do starting January 16th.

Biological anthropologist Bryce Carlson says the Race Across USA is designed to raise awareness about childhood obesity as well as gather research on the biological and behavioral responses to extreme physical activity.

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10:40 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Reducing Holiday Waste As You Deck the Halls

But is it recyclable? The trash generated by the average American household jumps by 25 percent during the holidays. With some planning before shopping and wrapping, that doesn't have to be the case.
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The end-of-year holidays aren't just a time filled with more cheer, but also are a time filled with more trash-  although some simple tips can help keep that to a minimum.

Dan Goldblatt, spokesman for the Indiana Department of Environmental Health, said the best way to cut down on the garbage generated is through what's known as "pre-cycling," and thinking ahead before you purchase a gift.

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8:52 am
Tue December 9, 2014

'Die-in' Protests Inaction On Racism At Purdue

Students march to Hovde Hall in protest of what they see as a lack of attention from University administrators to racism on campus.
Credit Kristin Malavenda / WBAA News

Just as the campus community was leaving its offices and classrooms to go out into the midday rain, a group of community members calling itself the Purdue Social Justice Coalition was preparing to interrupt those midday activities.

Emerging from the Purdue Union, several group members walked to nearby State Street and splayed themselves across the busy thoroughfare, forcing campus police to divert traffic.

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10:47 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Change In Starting Lineup Leads To Change In Result For Purdue Men's Basketball

Purdue men's basketball beat IPFW 63-43 Monday night at Mackey Arena. The Boilers improve to 7-2 on the season.
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After a disappointing 73-70 loss to North Florida Saturday, Purdue men’s basketball coach Matt Painter switched things up from the start tonight against IPFW. Painter gave freshmen PJ Thompson and Isaac Haas their first career starts for Purdue, in favor of sophomore Kendall Stephens and junior AJ Hammons.

Painter says the freshmen deserved the starts based on their play.

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General News
1:12 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Robot Will Help Purdue Digitize Its Collection Of 2-Million Insects

Curatorial assistant Gareth Powell and graduate assistant Julie Speelman pose with the robot called BugEye. Using 3-D imaging, BugEye is an automated camera used to scan entire drawers of insects in Purdue's Entomological Research Collection.
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Purdue University's Department of Entomology will showcase a robot that can digitize insects and collection data in an event called "Labelpalooza."

Graduate student Julie Speelman says the robot, called BugEye, is an automated camera that uses 3-D imaging to scan drawers of insects.

There are 1,500 drawers housing more than one-million specimens that still must be digitized.

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