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
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.

Arts & Culture
5:42 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Horse Cave Receives Cultural Distinction

The town of Horse Cave is one of five Kentucky communities receiving the Kentucky Cultural District Certification. Berea, Covington, Danville and Paducah round out the list.

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Agriculture
10:05 am
Thu February 9, 2012

A New Way of Raising Crops Boosts Sales, Connections for Warren County Farmer

A Warren County farmer has discovered a way to farm, and make profits, year round.

Education
5:26 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee to Get No Child Left Behind Waiver

Kentucky, Indiana, and Tennessee have been granted a waiver from federal No Child Left Behind education standards. NCLB has been criticized for setting unreachable goals for education. Kentucky was one of 11 states that applied for the waiver last fall and promised to make other commitments to school reform.

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Regional
5:55 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Traffic Advisory for Kentucky I-65

Kentucky transportation crews will have traffic pushed down to one lane of traffic from 7:00 p.m. until 12:00 midnight (Central time) Wednesday February 8 for the northbound lanes of I-65 between the Cumberland Parkway and Park City. Also, the northbound exit ramp for Park City will be closed during this time as well. The southbound exit ramp will be open.

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Business
1:32 pm
Sat February 4, 2012

New Leadership Ready to Lead Bowling Green Chamber

More than 600 local business leaders and guests filled the Sloan Convention Center Thursday night for the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner to see D. Gaines Penn officially officially sworn in as the 2012 chairman. Penn is the managing partner of the English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley law firm in Bowling Green.

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Regional
1:18 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Bowling Green Woman Tells WKU Public Radio About Chaos Aboard Ship as it Went Down

Lauren Moore of Bowling Green, one of the survivors who escaped the Costa Concordia off the coast of a small Italian island.

Bowling Green resident Lauren Moore saw first-hand the chaos aboard the Costa Concordia cruise liner after it slammed into the reef Friday off the tiny island of Giglio.

Speaking to WKU Public Radio's Morning Edition host Joe Corcoran, Moore said passengers received no safety instructions, and had no idea where lifeboats or safety jackets were located. As of Wednesday morning, the death toll was at 11.

Health
11:24 am
Wed August 24, 2011

Health Dept. Inspects Restaurants for Public Safety

Bowling Green, KY – Twice a year, four inspectors from the Warren County Health Department inspect the more than 1,300 food establishments in Warren County making sure they're clean and safe for the public. Joe Corcoran went behind the scenes on a recent surprise inspection to find out what goes into their reports.

Regional
4:00 pm
Fri June 3, 2011

The "Freedom Riders" 50th anniversary

Bowling Green, KY – Fifty years ago nearly four hundred black and white non-violent demonstrators gathered in the deep south to fight Jim Crow segregation laws by riding previously restricted buses together. They became known as "The Freedom Riders". A PBS film about that summer of 1961 is airing on WKYU-PBS this weekend and Joe Corcoran has a report on the part some area residents played during that fateful summer and how it changed their lives.

Education
11:58 am
Tue March 4, 2008

Bowling Green School Offers State's Only Arabic Class

Bowling Green, Ky – Most high school students wanting to study a foreign language choose from Spanish, German, and French. But Bowling Green High School students have the chance to take the only Arabic language class in Kentucky. Joe Corcoran spoke to teacher Touria Meyers and her pupils about the one-of-a-kind class.

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