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 man wearing a ball cap leans over the side of a boat and shows a handful of muck
Sehvilla Mann

The company that operates Morrow Dam near Comstock faces a state investigation for letting large amounts of sediment wash into the Kalamazoo River, endangering fish habitats and possibly kicking up contaminants, according to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.

A detail view of the red bricks, tall windows and white trim ofHeritage Hall, looking up toward a blue sky with a cloud
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Western Michigan University’s fiscal year is almost over. But the school is waiting to set a new budget because of COVID-19.

Courtesy Bonnie Jo Campbell

Many of us are spending more time with our pets during the COVID-19 pandemic. In most cases they’re cats or dogs – but not always.

The photo shows several young woman holding signs and wearing face masks. One is also walking a red bicycle.
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Medical experts are urging people to keep wearing masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, but Kalamazoo County’s health officer admits they can be stifling in hot weather. Jim Rutherford says people have to find a face covering that works for them, which might mean opting for one that’s thinner or less extensive.

“It’s OK to try to find a lighter mask,” Rutherford told WMUK. “You certainly want to be able to use it when you’re in close contact.”

Two sandhill cranes stand roughly in profile, facing away from each other in a reedy wetland
Courtesy photo / Bill Maxey

Like many people, Bill Maxey has been seeing more wildlife during the shutdown.

“Long retired” from the Upjohn Company, Maxey lives near Comstock Creek east of Kalamazoo. He's been home more than usual since March.