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
1:37 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

West Nile Virus Found In Mosquitoes In Tippecanoe County

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Three mosquito groups found in Tippecanoe County last month have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

The Indiana State Department of Health informed the County Health Department of the results today.

This is the first time this year that a positive test has been reported in Tippecanoe County. 

Health officials are encouraging residents to use insect repellent and dress in long sleeves and pants when outdoors, particularly between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

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General News
10:04 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Indiana's First Female Chief Justice To Be Sworn In Today

Former Tippecanoe County judge Loretta Rush will be sworn in today as the first female chief justice of the Indiana Supreme Court.
Credit Brandon Smith / http://www.ipbs.org/

New Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush will be sworn in today, two weeks after her selection as the state's first female chief justice.

The former Tippecanoe County judge was appointed to the high court by former Governor Mitch Daniels in 2012.

Rush will replace current Chief Justice Brent Dickson, who announced in June that he would step down as chief justice but remain an associate justice.

Governor Mike Pence will administer the oath of office to Rush at the court's Statehouse law library.

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General News
5:56 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Purdue Research Aims To Give Dogs The Best Start In Life

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A two-year project at Purdue aims to ensure dogs get the best start in life.

The director of the university's Center for Animal Welfare Science, Dr. Candace Croney, talks about the effort to develop nationwide animal care standards for the commercial breeding and raising of dogs.

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General News
1:42 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Ask The Mayor: Lafayette's Tony Roswarski

Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski
Credit City of Lafayette / lafayette.in.gov

Some questions from this week's show:

There have been several armed robberies in the city this month. Is this just an anomaly or should residents be concerned about a rise of these types of crimes in Lafayette?

Since the last time you were here, it seems the future of the Amtrak line from Indy to Chicago has become more uncertain. What are your thoughts?

Has there been an increase in the homeless population in Lafayette? If so, why?

Are you happy with the development of businesses downtown?

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General News
8:17 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Purdue Teams Up With Amazon To Help Students Save Money

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Purdue is entering a unique collaboration with Amazon.

The university and company are launching the Purdue Student Store online.

Students can order textbooks and other supplies for as much as a 30% discount and then pick up their orders on campus.

Amazon will return a percentage of sales to Purdue.

The university plans to use that money for its student affordability and accessibility initiatives.

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General News
6:04 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Purdue Research Could Play A Role In Helping People Lose Weight

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A study being done at Purdue indicates changing the way the gastrointestinal tract communicates with the brain about food could help people lose weight.

Purdue professor of psychological sciences Edward Fox  discusses his research into the vagus nerve and how it might be manipulated to reduce the amount people eat.

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Education
3:25 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Mintonye Elementary, Closed After November Tornado, To Re-open Wednesday

Donations poured in to help kids affected when the storms ripped through several Tippecanoe School Corporation buildings in November.
Credit Mike Loizzo / WBAA Radio

Students at one Tippecanoe County school will return to class Wednesday, nearly nine months after a powerful tornado damaged the building.

Mintonye Elementary suffered major damage after winds of up to 165 miles per hour blew through the area on November 18.   Students had to finish out the school year in another building across town.

Tippecanoe School Corporation Spokeswoman Sue Scott says the elementary school has since been reinforced for safety.

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General News
7:58 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Purdue Professor Urges Congress To Reauthorize National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program

Purdue professor and director of the George E. Brown Jr., Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation, Julio Ramirez
Credit Purdue University / http://www.purdue.edu/

Congress is in the process of trying to reauthorize a program designed to reduce the fatalities, injuries, and property losses caused by earthquakes.

The director of Purdue’s George E. Brown Jr., Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation, Professor Julio Ramirez, spoke in favor of the National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program during a hearing on Capitol Hill last week.

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General News
6:00 am
Tue August 5, 2014

After More Than 32 Years, Indiana's Longest Serving Female Firefighter Retires From Purdue

Diana Hardy accepts the Sagamore of the Wabash award from State Representative Sheila Klinker and State Senator Ron Alting
Credit Purdue University / http://www.purdue.edu/

One of the first female firefighters in Indiana has retired from the Purdue University Fire Department.

Diana Hardy reflects on the challenges and accomplishments of her more than 32-year career.

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Government
4:49 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

West Lafayette Budget Offers Raises, Forecasts Big Insurance Increase

Health care costs are estimated to rise as much as ten percent, year-over-year.
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The West Lafayette City Council will take a first vote on the proposed 2015 budget Monday night.

The $19.2 million dollar spending plan represents a nearly a 4.5-percent increase from the current year.

It includes a 2-percent pay hike for city employees.

Clerk-Treasurer Judy Rhodes says the biggest cost drivers in the new plan are providing services to areas the city annexed last year and an anticipated 10-percent increase in health care costs.

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