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.

The front ends of six cars are pictured, parked against a curb. The cars are, from left to right, red, black, blue, black, red and black.
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The year 2065 is a little late for Western Michigan University to reach carbon neutrality. That’s the message from leaders of Western’s student government, who say they would like to see the school move its target for net-zero emissions forward about 25 years.

Promising results from the trials of two coronavirus vaccines are lifting the spirits of health care workers in Southwest Michigan, according to doctors and health officials who took part in an online roundtable today. But they also urged people to mask, socially distance and avoid gathering – including for the holidays – for now.

City Commission Votes To Cut 721 Trees

Nov 16, 2020
An aerial photo of undeveloped land is overlaid with blue and red lines showing where the power lines would be placed
Courtesy photo / Consumers Energy

More than 700 trees will be cut down to take way for new power lines in Kalamazoo. 

A close-up photo of a cluster of round blue bruits on a pale green, leafy stem. The fruits are pale blue with darker blue lines.
Courtesy photo / Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut,

An invasive plant that has long caused problems in eastern states has been found in Michigan. Now state officials are trying to find out if it’s growing anywhere besides an Albion College nature preserve, where a professor spotted it last month.

A dry boat ramp and gravel is in the foreground. Behind it, brushy green plants stretch to the horizon.
Jeffrey Klyce

This story has been updated to reflect that the flow reduction originally planned for Monday is now scheduled for Tuesday. 

After months of delay and an environmental crisis on the Kalamazoo River, the project to repair Morrow Dam near Comstock is moving forward. Eagle Creek Renewable Energy plans to send divers to the dam’s gates Tuesday. The state says the company will reduce flow through the gates to protect the workers. That will cause the water level to drop downriver.