Joe Corcoran

Morning Edition host; Reporter/Producer

Joe Corcoran has been WKU Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” host and news anchor since 2003. Joe’s received numerous awards for his on-air work including the Associated Press’s “Best Radio News Anchor in Kentucky” twice. Several of his stories have aired on NPR’s “All Things Considered”.

A graduate of Syracuse University, Joe spent most of his career in television journalism both on-air and in management at stations in North Carolina, Iowa and Illinois.

In Bowling Green, Joe is active in his church as well as with the Bowling Green Area of Commerce. He is on the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Associated Press.

He and his wife Patricia are the proud parents of three children and the “extremely” proud grandparents of two granddaughters, Claire and Vivian.

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The biological mother of some of the 19 children found abandoned in filthy living conditions earlier this week has been arrested. Thirty-two year old Jackie Farah was taken into custody late Tuesday afternoon and charged with 14 counts of criminal abuse first degree and five counts of wanton endangerment first degree.

More than 100 fire fighters from city and county departments fought a fire for more than five hours before getting it under control.

London 2012 Olympic Games

For Claire Donahue it was the culmination of a life-long dream. The 23-year-old Tennessee native and WKU graduate finished second in the 100 meter butterfly finals in Omaha last night, good enough to qualify for the U.S. team headed to London next month.

In "The Case", Bowling Green author Marc Hirsch goes back to 1950's New York for a tale of murder, big money and intrigue.

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Just after noon Wednesday, Bowling Green police say a white male entered the Fairview Avenue branch of American Bank & Trust, displayed a weapon and demanded money.

A tour bus carrying 55 students and parents from Cub Run Elementary School overturned just five miles into its trip to Washington, D.C. last night.

Kentucky State Trooper Jonathan Biven says there were a lot of bumps and bruises but remarkably no serious injuries.

Ambulances from Hart, Barren, Hardin, Larue and Edmonson counties took the passengers to Hardin Memorial, Caverna Memorial or Twin Lakes Regional Hospital as a precaution.

There's no cause yet on what made the bus flip over on highway 728.

The Bowling Green city commission Tuesday night passed the first reading of a bill allowing a mens' alcoholic and drug recovery center to open near a home for victims of domestic violence.

The northbound lanes of I-65 still remain closed following a commercial vehicle crash just north of Park City overnight Monday.

Kentucky State Police anticipate the road being at least partially re-opened by 7:00 a.m. Central time. Motorists are being detoured off I-65 at park City and back on at Cave City via US 31W. Long delays are anticipated while driving through the detour route due to the heavy volume of traffic. Motorists should reduce their speed accordingly.

The Kentucky News Network is reporting two people died and six others were hurt in a crash on the Natcher Parkway in Ohio County. Kentucky State Trooper Corey King says an SUV driven by Lian Awi ran off the road Monday morning and overturned. Two people were ejected and pronounced dead at the scene.

The Executive Director of the Gatton Academy for Science and Math at Western Kentucky University says their recent number one ranking in the country is good news for the entire Commonwealth.

Dr. Julia Roberts was a guest on WKU Public Radio's "Morning Edition" this morning with Joe Corcoran.

Click on the "Listen" button above to hear Joe's interview with Dr. Roberts.

Newsweek magazine has named the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at WKU as the nation's top high school.

A preliminary autopsy report concludes Michelle Cotter died from a single gunshot wound and her manner of death was a homicide.The 39 year old Henderson and Daviess County school employee was found shot in her home early Tuesday morning. She later died at a local hospital. Her husband, 36 year old Steven Cotter, remains hospitalized at St. Mary's Medical Center after police used a taser to subdue him at the scene.

The ten-county Caves, Lakes and Corvettes Region saw an increase of 3.7% in direct tourism expenditures in 2011 equaling nearly $340 million. The increase added an overall amount of nearly $534 million in total expenditures to the region's economy.

A federal Appeals Court is set to reveal the identities of the three judges who will hear an appeal from a woman convicted of trying to extort University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino. The U. S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled Monday to release the list of three-judge panels that will hear cases starting May 28th.

The lawyer who has represented former Kentucky state lawmaker Steve Nunn since 2009 has withdrawn as his counsel. The Lexington herald-Leader reports Warren Scoville wrote in his motion to withdraw that Nunn is "currently incarcerated and unable to pay his attorney fees."