Abbey Oldham


Abbey Oldham is a senior at WKU with a background in photojournalism and humanities studies. She spent the fall of 2013 at NPR in Washington, D.C. as a multimedia/picture editing intern, following her two newspaper photo internships in San Antonio and Jackson, Michigan.

She grew up with an appreciation and love of public media thanks to her parents who have both worked for public television. Abbey is combining her skills with photojournalism and her love of public media as the staff photographer for WKU NPR and PBS as of January 2014. She hopes to make a career in public media with dreams of becoming a documentary filmmaker one day.


3:05 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Stitched Together: Volunteers at Grayson County Hospital Create Sock Monkeys to Help Young Patients

In the surgery wing of Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center named after her late husband, Nedra Thomas has been putting smiles on children's faces for over two decades.

Thomas began making sock monkeys to give to young patients heading into surgery at the Leithfield hospital. The project grew over the years and she now has a small team of volunteers who help in the effort. The group has become like a second family to the members, who look out for one another during sickness and loss.

WKU Public Radio photojournalist Abbey Oldham paid a visit to Leitchfield to meet with Thomas and learn about how the sock monkey program impacts both patients and volunteers.

Summer Camp
4:00 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Photo Gallery: Aviation Camp in Bowling Green

Hannah Ward (left), 13 of Smiths Grove, and Megan Jones, 11 of Bowling Green, observe Kurt Jefferson, aeronautics instructor from Lexingon, during Aviation Camp at the Bowling Green Regional Airport on Tuesday, July 8, 2014.
Abbey Oldham

Dozens of kids from around the region are participating in Aviation Camp at the Bowling Green Regional Airport.

The instructors from the Aviation Museum of Kentucky travel to airports around the state during the summer exposing young Kentuckians to aviation. The campers are learning the basics of aeronautics, navigation, using flight simulators, and even flying airplanes with assistance from instructors.

Photojournalist Abbey Oldham photographed Aviation Camp on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. There are two Bowling Green camps, July 8-9 and 10-11.

Summer Camp
8:46 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Photo Gallery: Center for Courageous Kids Camp

Two campers and one counselor take a canoe out on the lake at the Center for Courageous Kids in Scottsville, Ky on Wednesday, July 2, 2014.
Abbey Oldham

The Center for Courageous Kids in Scottsville, Ky., hosts nine different summer camps at no cost to their families.

They welcome up to 128 children who suffer from a different illness each week. The Center for Courageous Kids is a non-profit medical camping facility that has been open since February 2008. Since then, they have hosted over 16,500 campers from 40 different states. The Center sits on 168 acres on Scottsville and includes a bowling alley, indoor swimming pool, manmade lake, archery station, arts and crafts building, medical center, dining facility, and lodges for the campers. 

Photojournalist Abbey Oldham visited the Center on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, and took photos of what the Center offers its young campers.

Summer Camp
1:04 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Photo Gallery: Chef Camp

Toula Burdette, 9, of Bowling Green, helps Renaldo Teitira, 8, of Bowling Green, tie his apron during Chef Camp at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College in Bowling Green on Friday, June 13, 2014.
Abbey Oldham

Kids ranging from 8-13 had a chance to learn kitchen basics from area professional chefs recently at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College. They gained skills in kitchen hygiene, food preparation, serving and cleaning, as well as patience, teamwork, and cooperation.

With guidance from chefs, campers prepared dishes like quesadillas and crunchy cinammon coated ice cream balls. They served each other and washed dishes in their personalized chef hats.

Photojournalist Abbey Oldham took these images at the Chef Camp on Friday, June 13, 2014.

8:17 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Photo Gallery: Hot Rod Reunion in Bowling Green

Vintage cars are lined up outside the Sloan Convention Center in Bowling Green for the public reception for the National Holley Hot Rods Reunion on Thursday, June 12, 2014.
Abbey Oldham

Hundreds of vintage car owners from all over the country visited the Sloan Convention center to display, sell, buy, and check out vintage cars during the public reception of the Holley National Hot Rod Reunion on Thursday, June 12, 2014.

The reunion lasts will continue the rest of the weekend at Beech Bend. 

WKU Public Radio photojournalist Abbey Oldham created this photo slideshow featuring the vintage cars.

10:33 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Video: 2014 Highland Games

The Highland Games take place at the end of every spring in Glasgow, KY. People from all over the region, as well as around the world, gather to wear kilts, listen to bagpipe troupes perform, trace their Celtic lineage, watch and participate in games such as ax throwing and tug-of-war. 

Bourbon Trail
8:15 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Photo Gallery: The Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Empty barrels sit outside at the Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles, Ky on Wednesday, April 9, 2014.

Nearly 2.5 million people from around the world visit distilleries across the Kentucky Bourbon Trail each year. WKU Public Radio photojournalist Abbey Oldham photographed three distilleries including the oldest, Woodford Reserve, and one of the youngest, Wilderness Trace.

She also photographed Wild Turkey, where Master Distiller Jimmy Russel taught her how to taste corn mash and remove a bung hole by hand.

The bourbon distilleries are one of the things that makes Kentucky a special place, with a rich history and a bright future of keeping bourbon making alive and well in the Bluegrass State. 

Abbey was in Bourbon Country to document the production of Mainstreet "Kentucky Spirits", which will air on WKU PBS this Saturday (May 30) at 7 pm, Sunday (June 1) at 1:30 pm, Monday (June 2) at 8 pm, and Friday (June 6) at 9:30 pm.

4:04 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Photo Gallery: Primary Election Day

Noah Rudloff (left), Joshua Hale, and Mark Flener, all of Bowling Green, hold campaign signs at the corner of Scottsville Road and Nashville Road on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Rudloff is the son of candidate Dan Rudloff, and Mark Flener is also a candidate.
Abbey Oldham

Friends, family, even candidates themselves hit the streets of Bowling Green Tuesday to encourage people to vote in the primary election. Photojournalist Abbey Oldham took these images of election day support around Bowling Green. 

10:56 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Photo Gallery: WKU's 175th Commencement Ceremonies

WKU graduate candidates file into Diddle Arena Saturday, May 17, 2014.
Abbey Oldham

About 2,000 undergraduate, master's and doctoral students at WKU were honored at commencement ceremonies in front of a packed E.A. Diddle Arena this weekend. Graduate candidates donned lavishly decorated hats, listened to a speech by President Gary Ransdell, had their names read as they walked across the red carpet, and posed for photos in their caps and gowns.

This weekend marked WKU's 175th commencement ceremony. Photojournalist Abbey Oldham gathered these images of the weekend's events.

3:40 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

WKU Celebrates Earth Day with Help of Bus Serving as Mobile Produce Market

Maggie Jolly, 9 (left) and Eliza Beth, 7, and Carter Howell, 10, play in the mobile farmers market on WKU's campus on Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Abbey Oldham

Bowling Green’s new mobile farmer’s market is offering fresh food on wheels to areas of the city where fresh produce may be hard to find. 

The market was introduced to the public at an Earth Day event at WKU. 

When Jackson Rolett started up the old, retro-fitted school bus Tuesday, it was a proud moment.  He’s been working since last spring on a traveling farmer’s market that will deliver fresh, locally grown produce to under-served areas of the city. 

"We're seeking to address accessibility," said Rolett.  "Transportation is a big issue with food access, especially in certain areas of Bowling Green, so we thought 'Why not bring the food to those people?'"

Funded with a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the market also accepts forms of government assistance. 

Kentucky’s Agriculture Commissioner James Comer has praised the effort and hopes similar markets can launch statewide. 

Bowling Green’s mobile market will travel Wednesday to the Barren River District Health Department and the Boys and Girls Club.