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.


General News
5:58 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Search committee seeking feedback on provost candidates

The search committee in charge of choosing a new provost for Purdue is seeking feedback on the three finalists who were on campus this month.

The candidates are Christine Maziar from the University of Notre Dame, Debasish Dutta of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Cato Laurencin from the University of Connecticut.

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General News
12:34 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Final Purdue provost candidate details ideas for additional revenue

The final candidate for Purdue provost is on campus.

Dr. Cato Laurencin made a presentation to the university community this morning.

He is the chief executive officer of the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science and director of the Institute for Regenerative Engineering, as well as being a professor at the University of Connecticut.

Laurencin says identifying alternate revenue streams is imperative considering the decline in state support.

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General News
12:27 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Changes coming for annual Hunger Hike

An annual event that raises money to help feed the hungry is undergoing some changes this year.

Due to repairs to the John T. Myers pedestrian bridge, Hunger Hike will depart from the east end of the Levee Plaza parking lot in West Lafayette instead of Riehle Plaza.

Money raised is split evenly between Food Finders Food Bank, St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti Ministry, and Lafayette Urban Ministry.

LUM executive director Joe Micon says despite nearly missing their $90,000 goal last year, a new permanent fundraising committee has set a $125,000 goal for this year.

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General News
11:07 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Purdue enlisted to help in USAID global literacy effort

Christie Vilsack

Purdue could be involved in an effort to teach 100-million children around the world to read.

The United States Agency for International Development is reaching out to universities across the country to aid in this effort.

Senior advisor for international education Christie Vilsack was on the West Lafayette campus yesterday.

She says Purdue would be an ideal partner because students and faculty are already involved in research to address the world’s biggest challenges.

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General News
11:41 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Speaker links social justice with environmental sustainability

Julian Agyeman

An environmental social scientist and originator of the “just sustainability” movement will speak at Purdue next week.

Julian Agyeman is a professor at Tufts University and editor-in-chief of “Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability.”

He promotes social justice and equity as an integral element of sustainable living.

Agyeman contends how we treat each other affects and how we treat the environment.

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General News
10:03 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Daniels elected to Commission on Presidential Debates

The Commission on Presidential Debates has chosen Purdue’s president as one its new members.

In addition to Mitch Daniels, former ABC World News anchor Charles Gibson, former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe, and former Pentagon and CIA chief Leon Panetta are among those recently elected to serve on the nonpartisan commission.

The group is charged with producing the presidential and vice presidential debates, including negotiating terms with the candidates and picking the moderators.

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.