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
10:13 am
Wed September 17, 2014

As Purdue Shooter Sentencing Looms, School Still Responding To January’s Violence

Alertus emergency beacons have been installed in 27 large classrooms across the West Lafayette campus. These beacons are approximately the size of a tablet computer and are located at the front of the room, in full view of the class. The beacons have lights and an audio alarm, which will be activated at the same time an emergency text alert is issued. The text message will also appear on the screen of the beacon.
Credit Purdue News Service photo/Ray Cubberley

Cody Cousins, the man who pled guilty to murdering a Purdue student in January, is set to be sentenced in Tippecanoe County Court Friday.

Purdue officials have spent the time since the shooting beefing up the school’s security measures.

But some on campus say there’s more left to do before everyone knows how to respond to a similar situation in the future.

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5:38 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Snacks: Small Amount Of Food, Potentially Big Impact On Diet

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A Purdue expert says parents should pay close attention to what their kids are eating at snack time.

Nutrition science assistant professor Heather Eicher-Miller says while snacks are traditionally smaller than meals, their effect on children’s diets may be significant.

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12:41 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Hearings Underway For The 2015 Tippecanoe County Budget

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Tippecanoe County officials have begun the process of finalizing the 2015 spending plan.

Budget hearings began this morning, with a roughly $1.5-million shortfall between anticipated revenue and expenses for next year.

Auditor Jennifer Weston says a big reason for the gap is a proposed pay hike for county employees.

"Revenue is not increasing at all," says Weston. "But we did budget a 3% increase for salaries for next year, and so that was about $1-million of it."

She says the three-percent raise is not set in stone yet.

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6:57 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Managing Vision Problems May Prolong Life

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Healthy vision may be a key to longer life.

That’s according to new research from Purdue University.

Assistant professor of human development and family studies, Dr. Sharon Christ talks about the connection between vision and mortality.

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6:39 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Previewing The 2014 Purdue Football Season: Things Can Only Get Better

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The Purdue Football team kicks off the season tomorrow against Western Michigan.

The Boilermakers are trying to rebound from a one-and-eleven finish last year.

Tim Newton, who is in his fifth season as the Boilermaker’s radio play-by-play announcer, talks about his expectations for the 2014 Boilermakers.

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