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.


Weather Closings
6:11 am
Mon January 26, 2015

School Delays For Monday, January 26

Credit Thomas Lunabba /

The following schools are on a 2-hour delay today:

Delphi Community School Corporation

Frontier School Corporation

North White School Corporation

Tri-County School Corporation

Twin Lakes School Corporation

5:54 pm
Sun January 25, 2015

Boilers Come Up Short Against The Buckeyes

The Purdue women's basketball team lost to Ohio State 79-71 Sunday afternoon in Mackey Arena.
Credit Kristin Malavenda/WBAA News

Five players scored in double figures, but it wasn’t enough to lead the Purdue women’s basketball team to a win today at Mackey Arena.

The Boilermakers lost to Ohio State 79-71 in overtime.

The Boilers struggled in the first half, shooting just 27.3% from the floor.

But the team rallied in the second half, building a 12-point lead with 9:49 remaining in the game.

The Buckeyes surged back, outscoring the Boilermakers 21-9 during the last nine minutes of regulation.

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General News
7:47 am
Thu January 15, 2015

First Date? Purdue Research Shows Sweets Might Boost Your Chances Of A Love Connection

Credit Brent Moore /

New research from Purdue suggests if you want to make a positive impression on a potential love interest, serving them sweet tasting food and beverages might give you an advantage.

Lead researcher Dongning Ren says three recent studies establish a potential link between sweets and romantic feelings.

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General News
5:26 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Ask The Mayor: West Lafayette's John Dennis

Now that the winter weather has set in, is West Lafayette stocked up on salt, sand and other supplies needed to keep the city moving, especially if the upcoming months prove to be as harsh as last winter?

We ask that question of West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis on this edition of Ask The Mayor.

Also, this week candidates could officially file paperwork to run for municipal offices in 2015. Is Mayor Dennis planning on running again?

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General News
9:55 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Purdue Professor Using "Prescribed Burns" To Protect Indiana's Oak Trees

A prescribed fire moves through the oak forest at Naval Support Installation Crane in Indiana.
Credit Michael Saunders / Purdue Department of Forestry and Natural Resources

A Purdue researcher is leading two projects designed to foster the regeneration of oak forests and improve wildlife habitat by burning smaller trees and other inhibiting plants.

Associate professor of forestry Michael Saunders Saunders led two prescribed burns in 80 acres of the 63,000-acre oak forest at Naval Support Installation Crane in southwest Indiana this fall in a project funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Navy.

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