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 daytime view of an empty field with tall lights and empty stands. The sky is blue with clouds in the distance
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

This is the first in a series of stories about everyday life during the COVID-19 pandemic, as told through sound.

In March, Kalamazoo College and Western Michigan University sent most of their students home because of the virus. That has meant a big change in the soundscape around Gail Griffin’s house.


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Professors at Western Michigan University will take a 2.25 percent pay cut starting in July. That’s to help offset the university’s losses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The reduction is part of a contract extension with the faculty union, WMU's chapter of the American Association of University Professors. 

A post with three groups of train signals, red and green, is prominent in the foreground. There are more signals above the track in the background.
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Train travel has gone off a cliff in Michigan and the rest of the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. But the shutdown does have an upside for Amtrak’s Michigan lines.

John McNeill / WMUK

People in Kalamazoo who would like to get tested for previous COVID-19 infection shouldn’t hold their breath. Reliable antibody tests are not widely available yet. Even if they were, doctors say they’re not the get-out-of-jail-free card that some people might expect.

WMUK’s Sehvilla Mann has been recognized by the Radio Television Digital News Association. 

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