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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President Obama heads to a Nashville high school Thursday, two days after a student fatally shot a classmate in an apartment building. Grief counselors were at McGavock Comprehensive High School on Wednesday to help students cope with the shooting.

It happened within an hour of the President's State of the Union address Tuesday night, in which he renewed calls to curb gun violence.

Police said the shooting took place at an apartment when 17-year-old Kaemon Robinson was playing with a pistol. It discharged, striking 15-year-old Kevin Barbee in the face. An attorney for Robinson said the teen didn't know the gun was loaded.

It's unclear just how the President would address the shooting in his Thursday afternoon speech to the school.

Warren RECC says early morning weather related issues on a transmission line caused power outages Wednesday that affected about 5,800 Warren RECC members, mostly in Warren and Logan Counties, around 3:30 a.m. 

Power was restored around Auburn around 4:40 a.m. and in Warren County just before 6:00 a.m.

A report from the federal government shows some good news for Kentucky enterprise. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says the state led the country in new businesses created during the second quarter of of 2013, the most recent data available.

Governor Steve Beshear's office says almost 6,700 new businesses opened in Kentucky during that quarter, many of them so-called "micro-enterprises", or businesses with five or fewer employees. The number represents an increase of more than 6% from the same period a year earlier.

Kentucky ranked second nationally by percentage in new businesses opened during the first quarter of 2013, third during the last quarter of 2012 and fourth during the third quarter of 2012.

Joe Corcoran, WKU Public Radio

The attached audio file is WKYU's entry in the Best Spot News category in the 2014 Kentucky AP Broadcasters awards competition.

The Baker Arboretum is one of the showplaces of Bowling Green. It was willed to Western Kentucky University by the late artist Jerry Baker for use as a retreat and conference center, and it housed hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of Mr. Baker’s world-renowned art.

Early on the morning of June 27 it caught fire. As many as four different area fire departments responded to the call. While most of the building and art was saved, tens of thousands of dollars of paintings were lost.

Reporter Joe Corcoran was on the scene that morning talking to the arboretum’s estate manager and Western Kentucky University’s president about the tragedy of losing such irreplaceable artwork.

Thank you for considering this entry for the Best Spot News radio category.

This audio compilation is WKYU's entry in the category of Best Radio Anchor for the 2014 Kentucky AP Broadcasters awards competition.

Our morning anchor Joe Corcoran is submitting audio of a live newscast recorded on Sept. 30, 2013. It's followed by excerpts from two live interviews Joe conducted during the Morning Edition news magazine.

The first excerpt is with Bishop William Medley of the Archdiocese of Owensboro, Ky., that aired on Feb. 11, 2013.  Bishop Medley joined us to give some local reaction to the surprising announcement that Pope Benedict XVI was resigning from the papacy.

The second excerpt is with former NPR anchor and Kentucky native Bob Edwards, who was talking about his new book, A Voice in the Box: My Life in Radio. The interview aired on April 19, 2013.

Thank you for considering this entry in the Best Radio Anchor category.

Two Hodgenville city officials have pleaded not guilty to charges of theft and abusing public trust. The News-Enterprise reports Hodenville mayor Terry L. Cruse and city clerk Madonna Hornback entered the pleas Tuesday in Larue District Court.

An indictment issued last month by a grand jury accuses both of using a city-issued fuel credit card to make personal purchases and taking money from the city.

Cruse and Hornback have denied the charges.

Larue County prosecutor Terry Geoghegan said the indictment stems from a lengthy investigation spurred by "citizen complaints." Judge Charles Simms III set a trial date for June 9.

Multiple media outlets are reporting that WKU offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm has been chosen to lead the Hilltopper's football team following the departure this week of coach Bobby Petrino for Louisville.

Brohm's promotion is expected to be made public as early as Friday morning.

The 42-year-old Brohm will become head coach for the first time in his football career. Last season, as an assistant under Petrino, WKU set a school record with eight wins in a Football Bowl Subdivision season and offensive yards with 5,502.

Petrino said Thursday that he believes Brohm is ready to become a head coach. He added that grooming Brohm for the higher position was one of the main recruiting points used to get Brohm to come to WKU in the first place.

Last month's indictments of four adults within the Steubenville, Ohio school system are the latest turn in the high profile 2012 rape case of a 16 year old girl by two high school football players. It was alleged that adults within the school system and the town acted to cover up the incident.

The girl and her family may never have found justice if it wasn't for the national attention the case received; on-line attention brought by a man known then only as "Kentucky Anonymous". Deric Lostutter has since revealed his identity as he fights the legal system for his own freedom.

Blake Pillow rushed for 150 yards and Blue Tisdale put up three touchdowns as Bowling Green High School scored 49 unanswered points to roll past Pulaski County High 49-14 in the KHSAA Class 5A championship game at Houchens Industries/L.T. Smith Stadium at WKU Sunday afternoon.

The win marks the Purples third consecutive state championship and their third straight undefeated season.

Pulaski County jumped out to a 14-0 lead behind a 25 yard score from quarterback Riley Hall, who finished the game with 41 yards on the ground while completing 19 of 31 passes for 163 yards and a touchdown.

Pulaski County finishes their season at 14-1.

Kentucky's tobacco industry has undergone major changes in the past few decades from the way it's grown and harvested, to the way it's sold and marketed. WKU folklore professor Dr. Ann Ferrell spent the past eight years researching what the changes have meant to tobacco families and what the future holds in her new book "Burley: Kentucky Tobacco in a New Century".

Warren County sheriff Jerry "Peanuts" Gaines has been sworn in as the newest president of the Kentucky Association of Counties Executive Board. Gaines is the first sheriff to ever serve in the one-year position.

Gaines said he wants to bring more conferences and meetings of the group to the Warren County area and work with local officials such as Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton to develop a better way for sheriff's offices serving papers.

But overall, Gaines says KACo runs well and he just wants to continue the success it's had so far.

Since the beginning of the 1990's, the percentage of Kentucky's population comprised of immigrants has soared by more than 300%. While their overall number is still small, WKU economics professor Dr. Brian Strow says their effect is being felt and it's a net plus.

Strow's study shows immigrants locally have a higher employment percentage than native born people and a higher mean income. There's also a higher number who are self-employed.

Joe Corcoran spoke with Dr. Strow about the benefits of immigrant entrepreneurs.

WKU head football coach Bobby Petrino has suspended star linebacker Andrew Jackson indefinitely beginning with this weekend's game against Georgia State in Atlanta.

In a written statement, Petrino said Jackson did not meet the expectations they set forth for all their players but, if Jackson meets conditions laid out for him, he'll be back on the team for next weekend's game against Army.

In an overnight tweet, Jackson apologized to fans saying he missed team meetings Monday morning. He said while that was unacceptable, he plans to learn from his mistakes and expects to play against Army.

Thursday night's Halloween trick or treating is expected to be hampered by potentially severe weather coming into south-central Kentucky.

Wind gusts up to 40 mph are expected along with locally heavy rainfall. A wind advisory is in effect from 3:00 central time this afternoon until midnight.

Hart, Ohio and Muhlenberg Counties have delayed their Halloween activities until Friday night along with the towns of Bonnieville, Munfordville, Glasgow, Cave City, Park City, Elkton, Russellville and Franklin.

With the massive federal spending bill facing them, including funding for President Obama's controversial Affordable Care Act, House members return to Washington this week. The government would be forced to shut down if the continuing resolution providing the money is not passed by the beginning of next week.

Second district Kentucky Congressman Brett Guthrie appeared live on WKU Public Radio's Morning Edition Tuesday. In a wide-ranging interview, he told host Joe Corcoran the President is as much to blame for the political standoff in Washington as Republicans.