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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WKU guard Derrick Gordon says he's transferring from the school after leading the mens' basketball team in scoring and rebounding on their way to the NCAA tournament this season. Gordon says he wants to move closer to his family in New Jersey but not say what other schools he's considering. Gordon led WKU with 11.8 points and 6.7 rebounds a game.

The West Virginia coal mine where an explosion killed 29 men two years ago will be permanently sealed with concrete. That project will begin later today. 

Virginia-based Alpha Natural resources, which acquired the mine when it bought Massey Energy last summer, says it will seal the portals, large tunnels miners use to get underground, at the Upper Big Branch Mine. Boreholes will be plugged and shafts that house the huge industrial fans meant to sweep bad air out of the mine will be closed to prevent access. The company says the job should be finished by summer.

Efforts to allow hemp production appear to be growing in Kentucky despite the defeat of another legalization effort this year in the General Assembly. State senator Joey Pendleton has repeatedly introduced hemp legalization bills in an effort to restore a crop that decades ago was a major industry in Kentucky. 

Bowling Green entrepreneur Eric Littleton has created an IPhone app to check out local restaurants for expected wait times, daily specials, happy hours and more. Joe Corcoran spoke with him about how he turned a dream into a reality.

This is a compilation of reports by WKYU-FM's Joe Corcoran that is being submitted for Best Series/Documentary in the 2013 Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters radio awards.

These reports aired March 5, March 12, and March 19, 2012.

Joe's reports tap into the expertise of two Civil War historians in our region who explore how women disguised themselves as men to fight in the war; the impact of women who served as nurses on both sides of the fighting; and the role of women who remained at home and on the farms while the fighting raged on.

CSX has certified Lot 6 of the Kentucky Transpark as a Select Site, one of only five in the country to be considered the best manufacturing properties in the 23 states in which CSX operates. CSX introduced Select Sites as a new program to provide customers a simple way to access certified, rail-ready properties for a variety of industrial uses.

After nearly thirty years of stops and starts, the new Smiths Grove Public Library had its official ribbon cutting Monday afternoon. The new five thousand square foot building replaces the old 1,500 square foot library.

As their husbands, sons and fathers went off to fight on the front lines, women who stayed behind had to keep the family going however they could. In this third part of his three-part series Women in the Civil War, Joe Corcoran speaks with WKU Civil War historians Dr. Jack Thacker and Dr. Glenn LaFantasie about the new gender roles women were forced to take on and how those changes are still being felt today.

The Hilltoppers are the only men's team with a losing record in the NCAA tournament. But they're still playing and enjoying their new notoriety. Are they this year's "Cinderella?"



Basketball fans in Bowling Green, Kentucky are celebrating an amazing come-from-behind victory. It happened last night in the opening game of the NCAA tournament. President Obama and the British prime minister had front row seats, as the Hilltoppers came back from 16 points down to beat Mississippi Valley State.

From member station WKYU, Joe Corcoran has reaction from Bowling Green.

JOE CORCORAN, BYLINE: Even veteran announcer Jim Nantz couldn't contain of his excitement at the end of the game.