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.

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.

A close-up picture of an older man's hands folded across a cane. The man is wearing a gold wedding band on his left hand.
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Home health aides have kept working through the COVID-19 pandemic. Their help is essential for people who need a hand with things like laundry, meals and housework. But the virus has changed the job.

“The first thing that happened was I lost some of my clients, because they’re older people. Older people are more susceptible, of course, to coming down with COVID. And they were afraid,” Lee (not her real name) told WMUK.

A side view of a sewing machine with what looks like off-white enamel finish, with dark brown detail, sitting on a table with a pair of orange-handled scissors in front
Courtesy photo / Carol Russell

One of the early shocks of the COVID-19 pandemic was the news that frontline workers did not have enough protective gear. Hospitals and other health organizations started asking for homemade cloth masks. Which brings us to our latest story based on your sounds of the pandemic.

Earlene McMichael | WMUK

Hundreds of people, including many teens and young adults, chanted "no justice, no peace," "I can't breathe" and "black lives matter" as they marched against police brutality in the streets of downtown Kalamazoo today, beginning and concluding their journey in Bronson Park, where speeches urged a stop to the violence against people of color. 

Courtesy photo / Dale Jansen

We’ve been asking for your stories of life during the pandemic as told through sound. In part two of the series, a listener in Mattawan has just finished an album whose name reflects the times. And we hear from a Texas Corners man who had to make something with the sounds drifting through his window.