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 blue sign with white lettering that says "Kalamazoo," at the train station downtown.
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Raven Britt was at a dinner party a couple of years ago, when of the other guests made a prediction. As we hear in this "Why's That?" story that first aired in February, Raven was telling him that she’d just moved to Kalamazoo.

The Michigan State Capitol in Lansing
Carlos Osorio / AP Photo

A group of state lawmakers wants to make it easier for people with low-level criminal convictions to get them "set aside" by the state. Legislation expected to hit the State House this week would let people ask to have convictions for some misdemeanors and low-level felonies scrubbed, for the most part, from their record. Law enforcement could still see those convictions, but employers could not.

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As the academic year begins, Kalamazoo Public Schools is wrapping up a summer of construction. Voters approved a $97 million bond issue last year - the largest in the district’s history. Facilities Director Karen Jackson says KPS finished about $5 million worth of 2018 bond projects in the last few months.

A young woman plays a ukulele and sings into a microphone on a stage with a red curtain.
Courtesy photo / Megan Dooley

Musician and entertainer Megan Dooley says she’s been getting anonymous calls since a run-in with three men in Proud Boys shirts in downtown Kalamazoo last Saturday. One caller threatened to cause trouble at her next show, but she says her fans are too smart to be baited.

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Climate change has been on weighing on Josh Gottlieb’s mind. The Kalamazoo Central High School teacher says when his young children are grown, he wants them to know he fought for a habitable planet. Last spring he went to his students and asked what they could to together.

“Basically, what the students said is we want to deliver the United States to Greta,” he said. They were referring to Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish activist who famously started skipping school on Fridays to protest inaction on the climate crisis.