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.

A wide view of the Kalamazoo River. The sky is partly cloudy. The banks are tree-lined. The water looks opaque-brown. A tall power line is visible at left.
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The City of Kalamazoo is considering a proposal from Consumers Energy to clear about 700 trees on the city's North Side near the Kalamazoo River. While the city’s Tree Committee approved the plan last week, some members say it reflects an outmoded view of trees' value to Kalamazoo.

This story has been updated with a map.

Two police officers in uniform sit on either side of a long, dark table with and pink papers in piles
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The City of Kalamazoo is considering issuing its own press badges to reporters covering protests. That’s after public safety officers arrested an MLive reporter earlier this month. He was covering a Proud Boys rally that ended in a violent clash with counterprotestors.

Close-up view of a giant "postcard" with signatures on it. A man is signing on the left side. Red brick building in the background.
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Save our post office. Help protect union jobs. Santa, sorry my letter is late. Demonstrators carried signs with those and other messages outside a post office on Michigan Avenue Tuesday in Kalamazoo as the American Postal Workers Union rallied in cities across the country, calling for the US Senate to fund the Postal Service and for USPS to undo cuts that have slowed mail service this summer.

A white box with a narrow opening for papers, with black lettering explaining what is accepted, and white posts with red reflective tape on either side
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Some Kalamazoo voters are hesitant to mail their completed absentee ballots for the November election, City Clerk Scott Borling told WMUK. A slowdown in US Postal Service delivery and statements from President Trump and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy have raised questions about how USPS would handle a flood of election mail this fall.

Closeup of a man's forearms and hands, with dark, goopy mud in his palms. Leaves and trunks behind.
Courtesy photo / Jon Lee/Devin Bloom

A company that’s part of the Superfund cleanup of the Kalamazoo River has concerns about the Morrow Dam drawdown. Paper manufacturer Georgia-Pacific wants to know if PCBs have washed out of Morrow Lake near Galesburg. The company says it can find out by testing fish, but the state has a problem with the plan.