Sehvilla Mann

Local Government/Education Reporter

Sehvilla Mann joined WMUK’s news team in January 2014 as a reporter on the local government and education beats. Before that she covered a variety of topics, including environmental issues, for Bloomington, Indiana NPR and PBS affiliates WFIU and WTIU. She’s also written and produced stories for the Pacifica Network and WYSO Public Radio in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Sehvilla holds a B.A. in French from Earlham College and an M.A. in journalism from Indiana University.

Department of Environmental Quality

Environmental officials say they’ve found toxic chemicals known as PFAS in some residential drinking water wells in the Richland area. 

Courtesy Jay Wesley

This month, “Why’s That?” brings you a fish story. Not a tall tale, but a question from listener and WMUK volunteer Maria Maki. She’s heard that Kalamazoo was once a globally renowned destination for fishing, especially for trout.

Amy Sancetta / AP Photo

Kalamazoo County does not collect a tax to pay for services for older adults, but that could change August  7. Voters will consider a 0.35-mill levy to raise money for a variety of programs, potentially including everything from help with homemaking to outreach to isolated older adults.

The "senior millage," if it passes, would cost a homeowner whose house's taxable value is $100,000 about $35 a year. West Southwest spoke with former Kalamazoo County Area Agency on Aging director Judy Sivak about why she supports the millage, and Kalamazoo County Commissioner and chair of the Kalamazoo GOP Scott McGraw about why he opposes it.

This story has been updated to reflect that Jen Strebs is a member of Kalamazoo progressive organization ProKzoo and that Kalamazoo County has cancelled its Commission meeting for July 3.

With temperatures in the 90s and the sun blazing, hundreds of people gathered in Kalamazoo's Bronson Park on Saturday to call for changes to U.S. immigration laws and policy. 


On an important anniversary - the fiftieth year since the ratification of the 13th Amendment - Michigan saw the publication of the "Manual of Freedmen's Progress," a detailed account of African-American residents' achievements in the state.