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. 


Connecticut School Shooting
1:47 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

WKU Psychology Professor Urges Media Restraint in Wake of School Shootings

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.

Ract to the Top
4:17 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Green River Regional Educational Cooperative Wins Grant

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.

Fiscal Cliff Negotiations
9:33 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Charitable Donations Could be Impacted by Tax Policy

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.

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Tobacco Case
12:42 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Federal Appeals Court Rules Against Government in Graphic Tobacco Warnings

Kentucky tobacco crop

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.

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11:33 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Burley Tobacco Growers Enjoying Better Prices

Tobacco in the field

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.

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4:23 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

U of L Student Facing Felony Charges in Laser Case

Green laser in cockpit

A University of Louisville student accused of shining a laser pointer at a police helicopter is learning that authorities take the matter seriously. Louisville police say 19-year-old Jeffry Ledington is charged with two wanton endangerment counts.

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8:21 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Transportation Cabinet Prepares for Winter Weather

Transportation Cabinet Prepares for Winter
WKU Public Radio

Although the weather in Kentucky in recent days seems far removed from the snow and ice of winter, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is preparing for the weather that's expected to arrive in upcoming months. This year they'll be utilizing some new computer technology to help them treat the roads in an effective manner.

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3:19 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

U.S. Attorneys Appoint District Election Officers

Two Assistant US Attorneys have been appointed to serve as District Election Officers for the upcoming November 6th Election. The appointments are part of the Justice Department’s nationwide “Election Day Program.”

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Health /ovarian cancer
5:34 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Researchers Hopeful that Ovarian Cancer Detection Can Be Improved

Mayo Clinic/ovarian cancer
Mayo Clinic

Specialists in the field say ovarian cancer can be very deadly, in part because it can be difficult to detect in its early stages. Researchers are hoping to find some more effective ways to diagnose and treat the disease, and Dr. Michael Milam of the Norton Cancer Center in Louisville says he is hopeful that better detection can lead to improved treatment in the future.

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Education/Test Scores
4:09 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Test Results to be Released in November

Kentucky Department of Education

After months of warnings to expect lackluster scores from Kentucky's new public school assessments, the state has announced the numbers will be released early next month. A news release from the state Department of Education says the scores will be available to the public November 2nd.

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