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
12:34 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Second Purdue provost candidate highlights challenges of access and affordability

The second candidate for Purdue provost is on campus.

Debasish Dutta spoke to the university community this morning.

He is currently associate provost and dean of the graduate college at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dutta says Purdue is poised to be a global leader in higher education, and he is excited about the opportunity to be part of the administration.

He says one of the challenges facing Purdue is finding alternative sources of revenue in the face of declining state support.

Dutta earned a PhD in from Purdue.

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General News
12:30 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

First provost candidate has three Purdue degrees

The first of three finalists for Purdue provost has three degrees from the university.

Christine M. Maziar earned her bachelors, masters and PhD in electrical engineering from Purdue.

She is currently vice president and senior associate provost and professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Notre Dame.

Maziar is excited about the possibility of being the senior academic administrator at her alma mater.

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General News
1:42 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Purdue seeking public input on bicycle and pedestrian safety

The public has a few more days to provide feedback on pedestrian and bicycle safety for the next phase of Purdue’s campus development.

An online survey on the Purdue Bikes website will close this Friday.

A steering committee of Purdue University faculty, staff and students is working with a consulting team to develop a strategy for the future of pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure on the West Lafayette campus.

The information gained from the survey will help guide the process.

General News
7:45 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Purdue College of Liberal Arts celebrates 50th anniversary

James A. McCann

Purdue's College of Liberal Arts is capping off its 50th anniversary celebration with a daylong event on Thursday, April 10th. WBAA's Kristin Malavenda talks to Professor of Political Science Jay McCann about the Liberal Arts program and the details of the events.

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General News
11:22 am
Wed March 26, 2014

New jet engine plant to bring 200 jobs by 2020

GE Aviation will break ground this year on a new $100-million jet engine assembly facility in Lafayette.

Governor Mike Pence joined company officials along with state and local leaders at the Purdue Airport this morning for the announcement.

The 225,000 square-foot facility will assemble the new LEAP engine, which is now in the development testing phase.

GE will begin hiring at the Lafayette facility once the engine enters the production phase, possibly as early as 2015.

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General News
5:03 am
Wed March 26, 2014

WL creates Facilities Director position

A new department head level position has been created in the City of West Lafayette.

Timothy Clark will assume the position of Facilities Director.

Mayor John Dennis says for years the city has hired contractors to conduct all of the work on the city’s facilities.

He says adding this position will be more efficient and cost effective.

Clark will take the oath of office at next Tuesday’s Board of Public Works and Safety meeting.

General News
12:08 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Governor scheduled to be at PU Airport tomorrow for "major jobs announcement"

Indiana governor Mike Pence will be at the Purdue Airport tomorrow for what is being characterized as a "major jobs announcement."

Our partners at Inside Indiana Business are reporting that GE Aviation will locate a jet aircraft engine operation in Lafayette.

It would be the company's first-ever production facility in Indiana. 

GE Aviation produces large and small jet engines for commercial and military aircraft, and avionics, electric power, and mechanical systems for aircraft.

General News
10:47 am
Mon March 24, 2014

PUFD on the scene of gas leak

The Purdue Fire Department is on the scene of a gas line break at Marstellar and West State Streets.

Officials are requesting that the public avoid the area until the problem is resolved.

Stay tuned to WBAA or check the Purdue homepage for more information.

General News
12:00 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Immigration reform bus tour making a stop in West Lafayette

Rudy Lopez

Immigration reform is the topic of a forum tomorrow in West Lafayette.

The event is part of a six-week bus tour across the country known as the Fast for Families Across America campaign.

The effort grew out of a 22-day hunger strike in Washington DC late last year.

Rudy López is a Senior Organizer for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement.

He participated in the hunger strike, which drew national attention and visits in his tent on the National Mall from President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama and several members of the US Congress.

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