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
5:30 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Struggling To Get Teens To Practice Their Musical Instruments? Purdue May Have An App For That

The West Lafayette High School wind ensemble.
Credit Kristin Malavenda/WBAA News

Getting teenagers to practice their musical instruments can be a struggle. But a new app being developed at Purdue is attempting to change that, by turning practicing into a game.

It takes a lot of practice to play music at the level of the West Lafayette High School wind ensemble.

“It’s like a love hate relationship that I have with practicing," says senior Ryan Kim, who plays clarinet for the wind ensemble. He has also been playing classical piano since he was 5 years old, and now “dabbles” in the saxophone as well.

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Weather Closings
5:26 am
Tue March 3, 2015

School delays for Tuesday, March 3

The following schools are CLOSED today:

Clinton Central School Corporation

Clinton Prairie School Corporation

Covington Community School Corporation

Crawfordsville School Corporation

Faith Christian School

Frankfort Community Schools

Lafayette Catholic Schools

Lafayette Christian School

Lafayette School Corporation

Montessori School of Greater Lafayette

MSD of Warren County

New Community School

North Montgomery School Corporation

North White School Corporation

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General News
2:06 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Tippecanoe Court Services Digging Itself Out Of Financial Hole

Credit Pablo Malavenda

The head of Tippecanoe Court Services says progress is being made toward erasing a $100,000 deficit.

Cindy Houseman says March revenue for the agency is nearly $18,000 more than the previous month.

She expects revenue to rise even more, as the county’s three new judges elected in November refer more clients to Court Services than their predecessors did.

Houseman says Court Services is also hoping to settle more past-due accounts by using a new credit collections agency.

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Education
9:57 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Report: Teens Who Work More Likely To Go To College

The Health Science Education program through Harrison High School gives students high school and college credits, as well as the skills necessary to pass the state exam to become a licensed Certified Nursing Assistant.
Credit Kristin Malavenda/WBAA News

A recent survey from the Annie E. Casey Foundation indicates nearly a third of Indiana high schoolers are also employed.

The annual Kids Count report says students who have a job during their high school years are less likely to drop out and those who participate in programs that give them work experience are more likely to go to college.

Teacher Pat Greenan calls it “the best kept secret at Harrison High School.”

It’s the Interdisciplinary Cooperative Education program, which provides high school seniors work experience as part of their school day.

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Education
6:14 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Teachers Trying To Keep Kids Focused As ISTEP Uncertainty Continues

Burnett Creek Elementary School 4th grade teacher Rebecca Combs tries to keep her students focused as the uncertainty about this year's ISTEP continues.
Credit Kristin Malavenda / WBAA News

As the state tries to come up with ways to shorten this year’s ISTEP, parents and educators are saying that’s not even the biggest problem with the test.

Concerns remain about whether the questions on the test are appropriate to each grade level and whether the format of the test gives students the best chance to succeed.

Rebecca Combs is a 4th grade teacher at Burnett Creek Elementary School in the Tippecanoe School Corporation. She says as the ISTEP debate continues, she’s been doing the best she can to prepare her students.

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