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 March 24, 2015

Long-Awaited Asian American And Asian Resource And Cultural Center To Open At Purdue

Victoria Loong is the interim director of Purdue's new Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center. An opening ceremony will take place at the end of April.
Credit Kristin Malavenda/WBAA News

Purdue University's Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center is set to open in the next couple of months.

Students have been asking the administration for such a facility for several years.

Interim director Victoria Loong hopes the center will support Asian-American and Asian students and provide opportunities for education and awareness for the entire campus community.

The facility is actually a large room in Stewart Center— only big enough for a few desks and a small seating area.

But interim director Victoria Loong says it’s a start.

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General News
2:27 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Watchdog Group Wants Purdue Fined For Deaths Of Research Animals

SAEN wants Purdue to be fined for the deaths of 10 research animals, including 8 chinchillas.
Credit Michael Hazelden / https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikehazelden/

A national watchdog group is calling on the USDA to fine Purdue for the deaths of 10 animal research subjects.

According to officials with Stop Animal Exploitation Now, the university was negligent in the deaths of eight chinchillas in November 2013 and two calves in January of 2014.

The group’s executive director, Michael Budkie, says the information was obtained from reports the university submitted to the National Institutes of Health.

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General News
6:10 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Gaming Legislation Moves Closer To Senate Vote

Credit Erica Minton / https://www.flickr.com/photos/rrrrred/

A Senate committee passed a bill Wednesday aimed at reviving Indiana’s declining casino industry. The bill includes accommodations for the various needs of the state’s 13 casinos.  But, not all are satisfied with the proposed fixes.

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General News
10:20 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Purdue Professor Contributes To New Federal Dietary Guidelines

Purdue's Wiley Dining Hall
Credit Kristin Malavenda/WBAA News

Later this year the federal government will release its 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

The recommendations are intended to provide the foundation for national nutrition programs, standards and education.

A Purdue professor served on a committee of 14 scientists that reviewed the latest in nutrition and medical research to lay the groundwork for the guidelines.

Wayne Campbell says the group’s report is a science-based wake-up call for people to improve what they eat and how they obtain healthy food.

It’s lunchtime at Purdue’s Wiley Dining Hall.

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General News
5:39 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Purdue President Urges Congress To Take Steps To Improve College Accessibility, Affordability

Credit Purdue University

Purdue President Mitch Daniels says Congress can do much to improve the areas of college accessibility and affordability, starting with loosening some federal regulations.

Daniels brought that message to Capitol Hill Tuesday, testifying before the House Subcommittee on Education and Workforce Training.

He says one thing the federal government can do to make it easier for students to attend college is to modernize the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

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