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.


5:38 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Purdue Efforts To Improve PreK Offerings On Military Bases Could Have Universal Applications

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More than 500,000 children ages five and younger have parents on active military duty for the United States.

The Department of Defense wants to make sure they have access to quality early childhood education.

Purdue is helping the DoD identify any gaps in services and develop a universal curriculum for all of its preschool programs.

The Department of Defense maintains the largest employer-sponsored child care system in the world.

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General News
1:07 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Ask The Mayor: Crawfordsville's Todd Barton

Crawfordsville is a finalist for a 2015 Stellar Communities award. This is the first time finalists were separated into two divisions based on population size.
Credit City of Crawfordsville / Mayor's office

Cities around Indiana continue to look for creative ways to fight Brain Drain and keep younger people in their communities. We talk with Crawfordsville’s Todd Barton about how they city’s Stellar Communities application fits into that effort. How will Crawfordsville distinguish itself from the other finalists in the grant program, and what does Mayor Barton plan to do with the money if the city wins?

We also chat about plans for a new solar farm on the northeast side of town. How did Crawfordsville manage to land the project when there were other cities vying for it?

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General News
1:35 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Rezone Request Near Battle Ground Middle School Approved After Compromise

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An initially controversial rezone in Tippecanoe County has been approved by county commissioners.

In April, the Area Plan Commission advised against rezoning land just west of Battle Ground Middle School to allow development of high density housing.

The rezone was largely opposed by neighbors as well, who were concerned about the number of homes being proposed for the land and the drainage problems they might cause.

The request was tabled at last month’s commissioners meeting to give the developer a chance to address these issues.

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General News
12:14 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Happy Hollow Construction To Cause Traffic Headaches

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West Lafayette drivers who use Happy Hollow Road on a regular basis might want to find an alternate route starting next week.

Public Works Director Dave Buck says the road’s reconstruction project includes new utility lines, curbs and gutters, as well as a new pedestrian trail.

He says beginning Monday, Happy Hollow will be closed between River Road and Catherwood Drive to replace a culvert.

Buck says when that phase is done near the end of June, crews will be closing the busy intersection of Happy Hollow and River Road.

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General News
10:44 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Questions Linger About The Departure Of Pence's Communications Director

Credit State of Indiana

Governor Pence‘s communications director has resigned weeks after the controversy over the state‘s religious freedom law.

But Christy Denault says her decision to leave is to spend more time with her family, and not because of the RFRA backlash.

She says she wants to spend more time with her 8-year-old daughter and 6-year-old triplet sons.

Josh Boyd is an associate professor in Purdue’s Brian Lamb School of Communication.

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