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.


1:12 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Ask The Mayor: Frankfort's Chris McBarnes

Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes
Credit City of Frankfort

Some questions asked of the mayor this week:

As we gear up for the next session of the General Assembly, which will be devoted to crafting a new two-year budget, what will you be doing to try and convince lawmakers to funnel more money toward infrastructure improvements?

House Republicans announced their legislative agenda this week. In a nutshell, it includes more funding for schools, while maintaining a balanced budget and a strong surplus. What are your initial reactions to the agenda?

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6:00 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Grant Will Allow Purdue To Study, Improve Active Learning Techniques

Purdue Chemistry professor Marcy Towns helps a student work on problems during class.
Credit Charlotte Tuggle/WBAA News /

Purdue has spent the last few years transforming more than 100 classes from the traditional lecture/note taking format to one that is more collaborative.

University officials say they already know the Active Learning model improves student retention, success and completion rates.

But a $2.3-million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Education will fund a scientific study to show why the strategy is successful.

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General News
11:21 am
Tue October 14, 2014

2015 Budget For Tippecanoe County Slightly Higher Than 2014

Credit Jimmy Emerson /

The 2015 budget for Tippecanoe County is roughly four-percent higher than in 2014.

The $41.3-million spending plan was unanimously approved by Council members this morning.

Auditor Jennifer Weston says a three-percent raise for county employees accounts for much of the increase.

She notes there is a gap of a little more than $800-thousand between anticipated revenue and estimated expenses.

But Weston says in the past several years the county has not spent all of the budgeted dollars.

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General News
8:18 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Grieving Father Hopes Film Prevents Prescription Drug Deaths

Jen Tucker and Dustin Noonkester look at a poster that will be part of a Brady's Hope project.
Credit Kristin Malavenda / WBAA News

A Carroll County family is turning its grief into a mission to educate the public about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.

Dustin and Jennifer Noonkester started the nonprofit Brady’s Hope, following the death of their 19-year-old son.

The group's latest effort is a documentary called "When You Say Nothing."

The Noonkesters are hoping schools around the state use the “When You Say Nothing” documentary as part of their Red Ribbon Week activities the last week of October to educate people about the dangers of drug abuse.

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Elections & Politics
1:07 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Tippecanoe County Officials Approve 19 Vote Center Sites For Election Day

Credit Nathan Gibbs /

Registered voters in Tippecanoe County will have 19 vote center sites available to cast their ballots on Election Day next month.

That’s the same number as in the May primary.

County Clerk Christa Coffey says they decided not to scale back, even though some are predicting record low turnout.

She says the easier it is for people to vote, the better.

Early voting begins tomorrow in the County.

Coffey says the only thing that would prevent a registered voter from casting their ballot is not having a photo ID.

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