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
5:34 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Residents To Help Determine Future Of West Lafayette City Hall

West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis
Credit City of West Lafayette

West Lafayette officials are in the process of deciding what to do about City Hall.

Mold drove them out of the building on Navajo Drive in February.

Mayor John Dennis says options for the future of city hall include bringing the current building up to code, completing gutting and renovating the structure, or razing the building and starting over—likely at a different location.

He says public hearings next year will give residents the opportunity to have input into the final decision.

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Sports
5:34 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

Defense Helps Purdue Bounce Back From 2OT Loss

Sophomore guard Ashley Morrissette runs the floor for a layup against Toledo. The Boilermakers neat the Rockets 66-48 Sunday at Mackey Arena.
Credit Kristin Malavenda/WBAA News / http://wbaa.org/

The Purdue women’s basketball team bounced back from a double overtime loss to Green Bay on Wednesday with a convincing 66-48 win over Toledo today at Mackey Arena.

The 24th-ranked Boilermakers opened up a 14-point lead in the first half, thanks largely to 10 points from junior guard Hayden Hamby.

Head coach Sharon Versyp says the Boilers’ defense set the tone in the first half.

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Sports
9:18 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Mistakes Down The Stretch Doom Boilermakers

Purdue senior forward Liza Clemons goes up for a shot vs Green Bay. The Boilers lost 81-78 in double overtime.
Credit Kristin Malavenda/WBAA News / http://wbaa.org/

“Green Bay outplayed us, outhustled us, and they wanted it more.”

That was the assessment of Purdue women’s basketball head coach Sharon Versyp following tonight’s 81-78 double overtime loss to Green Bay at Mackey Arena.

The 24th-ranked  Boilermakers missed 7 of their last 9 free throws down the stretch, including one at the end of the first overtime that would have given them a 72-71 win.

Senior forward Whitney Bays had a double-double for the Boilers with 18 points and 18 rebounds, but she characterized her play as “horrible” overall.

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Sports
1:12 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Student Section Provides Important Boost For Purdue's Volleyball Team

The Block Party celebrates an ace during the Purdue Volleyball team's recent sweep of Northwestern.
Credit Kristin Malavenda / WBAA News

The Purdue volleyball team plays its final home match of the season tomorrow night at 7 against Rutgers.

The Boilermakers are ranked 16th in the nation with a record of 21-7.

Hundreds of students show up to every home match.

Known as the Block Party, many consider the enthusiastic student section to be the Boilermakers' secret weapon.

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General News
7:56 am
Thu November 13, 2014

USDA Chooses Purdue As Site Of Regional Center To Fight Obesity

Credit wader / https://www.flickr.com/photos/wader/

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has chosen Purdue as the site of one of four regional centers for research into nutrition education and obesity prevention.

The North Central Nutrition Education Center of Excellence will focus on research into interpersonal, community and environmental factors that influence the food and physical activity choices of low-income people.

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