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.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Though Michigan is best known for its peninsulas, this story begins with an island: a strip of land off Riverview Drive that is surrounded by the City of Kalamazoo but is not part of it.

students gather around a medical dummy on a floor in a classroom
Ben Margot / AP Images

Too many Kalamazoo-area high school students are missing out on  training that could prepare them for well-compensated work. That’s the message from the Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency, which is seeking a 1-mill, 20-year tax this November to support career and technical education.

Three young people hold a bright red banner that says "climate and ecological emergency - extinction rebellion SwMI -"
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

When climate activists shut down parts of London this spring, Chris Carr took notice.

“I’d been pretty depressed about this – the climate, and thinking, well there’s nothing we can do,” he told WMUK.

A sign in blue, green and orange paint says "respect mother." The "o" in the word "mother" is a globe.
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Climate change is on the agenda Monday evening at Kalamazoo City Hall. A recently-formed coalition hopes commissioners will adopt a resolution declaring a “climate emergency" at their meeting Monday night.

In a mural, a woman wearing a yellow crown and gray robe holds a green, white and red flag and in the other hand, a lit torch with a snake wrapped around.
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Dea Mulolli is a PhD student at Western Michigan University. She was walking through the student union, the Bernhard Center, when she met another Dea – one who’s always around the building.