Dan Modlin


Dan Modlin served as News Director at WKU Public Radio for 23 years, and retired in early 2013. He's a native of Indiana who grew up in a broadcasting family.  A graduate of Ball State University, he worked for several years in the news network business in the Midwest, specializing in agricultural and political coverage, before coming to WKU Public Radio. His reports have earned numerous national  and state  awards for documentary production, public affairs reporting, and enterprise reporting. 

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This week marks the 150th anniversary of one of the most important battles of the Civil War.

In this series of three interviews, Dan Modlin speaks with WKU professors Jack Thacker and Glenn LaFantasie about the pivotal battle at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

This series of conversations discusses the battle as it unfolded over three days in July, 1863.

WKU professors Jack Thacker and Glenn LaFantasie talk about the contributions of African-American soldiers to the U.S. Civil War effort, and President Lincoln's role in arming former slaves. They also point out that black units were often placed under inexperienced and ineffective white officers.

This is the latest in WKU Public Radio's series of reports on the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

This story is an entry in the category of Best Enterprise/Investigative report for the 2013 Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters competition for radio.

This report by Dan Modlin, which aired on November 30, 2012, highlights a disturbing trend in prescription abuse in Kentucky: the theft of medications from senior citizens.

This report includes interview comments from a Kentucky man who says he was has been beaten by a relative so that a doctor will prescribe pain medication. Once that happens, the man's relative steals it from him.

This story is an entry from WKYU-FM in the category of Best Sports Feature/Special for the 2013 Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters awards competition.

In this story, WKYU-FM's Dan Modlin spoke with Western Kentucky University baseball players and coaches about the techniques used by pitchers to win their battles with batters.

This audio compilation is an entry in Best Public Affairs reporting for the 2013 Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters awards for radio.

This entry contains two stories on ovarian cancer, and how and why it's one of the most deadly forms of cancer in the world.

Bowling Green Police Department

Nearly 15 years after a Bowling Green woman went missing, her estranged husband is now wanted for her murder.  Carol Neal was reported missing from her Shawnee Drive home in 1998. 

An arrest warrant was issued this week for Leland Neal, who was last known to be in Mexico. 

Warren County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Cohron says the case got a boost from Neal’s other criminal offenses. "Leland Neal was already under indictment in Warren Circuit Court for some unrelated charges.  He's been on the run from those charges for some time," Cohron states.  "That really helped re-energize the case."

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services says information on more than one thousand Medicaid clients may have been involved in a computer security breach. 

The Cabinet says the information that may have been unintentionally released was held by Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services, which is the vendor that manages Medicaid’s information management system.  The Cabinet says an employee of a subcontractor of HPES responded to a telephone computer scam and may have allowed a hacker to get access to health and other information regarding 1,090 Medicaid clients.

Those individuals who might have been affected by the incident will be notified individually by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. In addition, HP ES is arranging for those affected to receive free credit monitoring for one year, to help reduce the chance of identity theft.

As shoppers start to return unwanted Christmas gifts, the Better Business Bureau has some advice on dealing with store policies. The BBB says its important to know a seller’s return policy--- and to remember that returning or exchanging items is a privilege, not a right.

If a product was defective, however, you have every reason  to expect the store to provide a substitute or refund.

The Better Business Bureau says most stores will honor an exchange or credit if the buyer of the gift has made a reasonable mistake, like purchasing a sweater of the wrong size or color. The credit can typically be applied to  any other item at that store.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services is reminding parents to "keep their cool" during the upcoming Christmas holiday period. The agency says when children are home from school and families are facing tight schedules for travel and gatherings with relatives, stress levels can increase and put some children at risk for abuse.

Jim Grace, the Assistant Director of the Division and Permancy, says its "never ok to hit a child." He says its important for parents to help teach children how to communicate, by talking about things that might be bothering them.


A new report finds there has been an “alarming” increase in drug overdoses in Kentucky in recent years. The data compiled for the study was collected over an eleven year period.

The Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center says drug overdose mortality rates increased 282 percent between 2000 and 2010. In the Bluegrass State, that means the overdose mortality rate has jumped from six deaths per one hundred thousand people to nearly 23 deaths per one hundred thousand people during that eleven year period.

The Research Center is located in the University of Kentucky’s College of Public Health, and is an agent for the Kentucky Department of Public Health.  The new report is based on an examination of  emergency departments, inpatient hospitalization statistics, and mortality data.

As the investigation into the elementary school shooting in Connecticut continues, WKU Psychology Professor Dr. Bill Pfohl is offering some advice for reporters at the scene. The lead person for the National Emergency Assistance Team of the National Association of School Psychologists says "it's a bad idea" to conduct TV interviews with young people who have experienced such trauma.

He says putting that kind of pressure on children who have witnessed tragedy could be harmful to them. 

Dr. Pfohl says its important for parents to understand that trauma isn't limited to those who actually witnessed the violence. He urges parents to limit the amount of time children watch news coverage of the tragedy.

More information about recommendations from the National Association of School Psychologists can be found at the group's website.

The Green River Regional Educational Cooperative has won a 40 million dollar grant in "Race to the Top" competition. The Cooperative is one of 16 winners in the latest rounds of grants, which were announced by U-S Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

Duncan says the funding will help to address the educational needs of youngsters in 22 districts in southern and central Kentucky. More than 60 percent of the students in those districts are from low-income families.

This is the first time the U-S Department of Education has offered "Race to the Top" funds to districts.

The discussions relating to the so-called "Fiscal Cliff" in Washington have included a number of proposals about ways to raise tax revenue. One suggestion that is drawing concern among some charities would reduce the tax deduction for wealthy Americans to donate money to charitable organizations.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington has denied the government's request to rehear a challenge to a controversial tobacco packaging requirement. Tobacco companies have challenged the requirement that they must post large, graphic health warnings on cigarette packages.

A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment after the ruling. The government now has a 90 day period to appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.  In August of this year, a three-judge panel had affirmed a lower court ruling that blocked the Food and Drug Administration requirement.

Farmers growing burley tobacco in Kentucky and Tennessee are receiving some of the best crop prices they've seen since 2004. That's the last year the crop was sold under production and price controls established by the federal government.