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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Business
11:17 am
Thu June 27, 2013

The Woman Behind Teresa's Restaurant in Bowling Green is Calling It a Career

Waitresses at Teresa's wear these shirts because they are constantly asked, "Are you Teresa?"
Credit Joe Corcoran

Friday marks the end of an era in Bowling Green as the woman behind Teresa's Restaurant calls it a career.

Teresa Blair-Reno has been in the restaurant business for three-quarters of her life, and has spent the last 16 years as the self-proclaimed "queen bee" at Teresa's.

After decades of hundred-hour work weeks and personal sacrifice she realized she didn't have the same passion for the business.

"I lost a son a few years ago, and just had an awakening that it was time for me to enjoy my family. I just think it's time--time for me to take time for Teresa, and do what I need to do."

Still, Blair-Reno admits she's going to miss the staff and customers who have been like parents and siblings to her.

"I love the people who walk in the door. They've watched me grow up and have helped me grow up. I've been waiting tables since I was 13. And I get pretty emotional because they've helped me raise my family."

"I get pretty emotional because this community has been like a family to me."

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Education
5:25 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Clayton To Lead Warren County Schools

The Warren County Public School system has a new superintendent.

The Warren County Board of Education Tuesday night named Rob Clayton to succeed the retiring Tim Murley. Clayton has been the principal of South Oldham Middle School in Crestwood, KY for the past seven years. He's been in education for 20 years including the past 13 in administration.

Clayton says his three main goals are insuring the safety of students, assuring all students learn at a high level and that all graduates are ready for college or a career.

Clayton was one of three finalist the Warren County board interviewed. Board Chairman Kerry Young said Clayton stood out because of his leadership qualities.

Arts & Culture
4:33 am
Wed June 19, 2013

WKU Violinist and Teacher Wins National Jefferson Award

WKU's Ching-Yi Lin gives a lesson to one of her young students.
Credit Kevin Willis

Dr. Ching-Yi Lin of Bowling Green received a Jefferson Award Tuesday in Washington.

Dr. Lin, a world-class violinist, was recognized for sharing her talent within the community by serving as the director of the WKU pre-college strings program. That program has about 70 children between four and 18 years old studying the violin, viola and cello. Besides giving performances at area schools, her students also perform at local retirement homes, charities and businesses.

The Jefferson Award is given to exceptional Americans who strive to make their communities better and stronger. Recipients are nominated from throughout the country.

Besides leading the pre-college strings program, Dr. Lin is assistant professor of violin at WKU and Concertmaster of the Symphony at WKU.

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Sports
10:38 am
Tue June 11, 2013

WKU Football is Preseason Favorite to Win Sun Belt Conference

Credit WKU Sports

The Hilltoppers have been named the Sun Belt preseason favorite in The Sporting News college football preview. WKU is followed in the ranking by Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe and Arkansas State.

Also, senior running back Antonio Andrews has been named a preseason All-America selection by the organization.

Andrews is a third-team selection to the 2013 Sporting News All-America Team as an all-purpose player.

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Education
12:53 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Kentucky Education Leader: Evolution, Climate Change Material to Better Prepare Students for College

The president of the Kentucky Board of Education says new academic standards for science education in public schools include material on evolution that has been in place since 2006.

David Karem says Kentucky worked with 26 other states on the scientific standards, which were approved Wednesday by the state Board of Education on a 9-0 vote.

Karem told WKU Public Radio Thursday that the evolution teachings will more closely align Kentucky's curriculum with entry-level college requirements. And he says it's in no way an effort to step on anybody's religious beliefs.

"I think the point is that there is no intent in the scientific standards that are being adopted that go into a person's religious beliefs or interfere with them in any way," said Karem.

The President of Kentuckians for Science Education, Robert Bevins, said climate change and evolution may be politically controversial for some people, but they aren't scientifically controversial.

Regional
9:06 am
Sun May 26, 2013

Bardstown Officer Fatally Shot

A Bardstown police officer was shot and killed early Saturday while driving home from work. Kentucky State Police say they don't have any suspects as of late Saturday.

The original call came is as a traffic crash on Exit 34 of the Bluegrass Parkway in Nelson County. When troopers arrived they found that 33 year old Jason Ellis had been fatally shot. KSP says Ellis was in uniform and had been driving his cruiser home. Spokesman Norman Chaffins said the officer was found inside his vehicle but he did not know how many times he had been shot. The exit was shut down as troopers investigated the shooting near Bardstown.

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Regional
8:37 am
Sun May 26, 2013

BG Police Crime Clearance Well Above National Average

The BowlingGreen Police Department is clearing violent crime and property cases at a rate that far surpasses the national average.

The Bowling Green Daily News reports the department had a 77.51% clearance rate in 2012 on violent crimes and a 23.13% clearance rate on property crimes. BGPD's clearance rates are higher than the latest national averages compiled by the FBI which shows a 47.7% clearance rate on violent crimes and a 18.6% rate on property crimes for 2011. The FBI won't have national clearance rates available for 2012 until this fall.

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Regional
3:28 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

BBB Offers Advice on Avoiding Scam Artists in Aftermath of Oklahoma Tornado

As financial support pours in from around the country, the Better Business Bureau is warning about scammers that prey on disasters.  In this interview, Joe Corcoran speaks with Reanna Smith-Hamblin from the BBB in Louisville.

Arts & Culture
3:37 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Kentucky Native Bob Edwards to Appear at Southern Kentucky Book Fest

Former NPR anchor Bob Edwards

Bob Edwards has a voice familiar to many public radio fans. The Louisville native was for many years NPR's Morning Edition anchor. Edwards is also an author, and he'll appear Saturday, April 20, in Bowling Green to sign copies of his new book A Voice In The Box: My Life in Radio at the 2013 Southern Kentucky Book Festival.

Joe Corcoran recently spoke to Edwards about his new book.

Regional
8:18 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Bowling Green Man Finished Boston Marathon 25 Minutes Before Explosion

Grant Cline of Bowling Green says Monday's race was his first, and will be his last, Boston Marathon.

Cline had completed the race less than half an hour before two explosions rocked the finish line area as he was looking for his wife at the family waiting area. Cline, a Fed Ex driver, spoke to WKU Public Radio hours after the explosions.

"Twenty-five minutes after I finished, all of this starts to go down. You've got families that have been affected forever, two or three that have lost their lives. It's been an incredible day," Cline said.

Cline said after he found his wife Wendy unharmed their thoughts turned to those who had been killed and injured. He called the blasts an "evil thing."

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