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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Regional
9:59 am
Tue March 6, 2012

WKU Expert Explains Tornado Outbreak

Dr. Josh Durkee talks with Joe Corcoran
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Last week's outbreak of tornadoes and severe storms was predicted well in advance. Still, the severity of the storms and the amount of damage they caused caught many in the emergency preparedness community by surprise.

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Civil War Series
6:05 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Women in the Civil War

One of the best kept secrets of the Civil War is the number of women who disguised themselves as men so they could fight on the front lines. In the first of his three-part series Women in the Civil War, Joe Corcoran speaks with WKU Civil War historians Dr. Glenn LaFantasie and Dr. Jack Thacker about these forgotten warriors.

Regional
8:55 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

At Least 12 Killed in Severe Weather Outbreak

The Associated Press now says at least 12 people were killed by the storms that moved through our region Wednesday. At least 10 tornadoes touched down in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee.  According to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, there were three fatalities in his state. According to the AP, six people died in Harrisburg, Ill. More than 100 people are said to have been injured.

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Tennessee Valley Weather Warning
8:06 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Weather Service Warns of Threat of Tornadoes in Tennessee Valley for Wednesday

The National Weather Service says conditions are right today for the possible development of tornadoes and damaging wind over parts of the Tennessee Valley to the Southern Appalachians. The areas most likely to experience this activity include Northern Alabama, Northern Georgia, Southern and Eastern Kentucky, Northern Mississippi, Western North Carolina, and much of Tennessee.

Tornado Watch Issued
7:33 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Severe Weather Moves into Region

Regional
6:55 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Former Indiana Secretary of State Sentenced

After a 14-month legal battle, former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White has been sentenced to one year of home detention. Superior Court Judge Steven Nation ruled White intentionally defrauded the public by using his ex-wife's address to vote in the May 2010 primary and continuing to take his town council salary after he had moved out of the district.

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Politics
5:50 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

General Assembly Agenda Set for Wednesday

The Kentucky state senate's health and welfare committee will hear more testimony Wednesday morning as representatives from Medicaid Managed Care Operations (MCO's) continue their testimony on other problems besides pharmacies. Testimony this week saw local pharmacists testify that they're losing money on MCO reimbursements.

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Regional
5:45 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Traffic Advisory for Kentucky I-65

Kentucky Transportation crews will have traffic pushed down to one lane from 7:00 p.m. until midnight (Central)  tonight for the northbound direction of I-65 between the Cumberland Parkway and Park City. The northbound exit ramp for Park City will also be closed during this time...the southbound ramp will remain open.

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Regional
9:41 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Wintry Mix Predicted for Tonight and Early Tuesday

The National Weather Service predicts a mix of wintry weather is on the way tonight into tomorrow morning. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews have started pre-treating highways in western and northern Kentucky in anticipation of possible sleet or snow tonight.

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Regional
7:41 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Clarksville Industrial Fire Damages Zinc Plant

 A fire that broke out just after midnight continues to burn in a Clarksville, TN zinc plant. Purity Zinc Metals is located in an industrial park just off I-24. No injuries have been reported.

The Leaf-Chronicle is reporting the three story plant's metal walls glowed orange from the fire at about 3:00 a.m. and that the entire 40,000 square foot plant was damaged by either smoke or fire, which was still burning at dawn.

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