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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Politics
11:34 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Guthrie Says Obamacare Should be Separated From Spending Bill

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.

Education
3:25 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

WKU Health Sciences Complex at The Medical Center Officially Opens

Inside the WKU Health Sciences Complex at The Medical Center
Credit Joe Corcoran

The new WKU Health Sciences Complex at The Medical Center in Bowling Green will double the number of new nursing and physical therapy students graduating and entering the work force.

The first class of 80 nursing students begins classes Monday, Aug. 26.

WKU President Gary Ransdell told an audience at Thursday morning's official opening of the complex that as many as 360 students will be going through a variety of programs.

"This new building will house a bachelor's, master's, and a doctoral degree program in the WKU School of Nursing. And is will allow us to double the number of nursing students we accept every year, and the impact that will have on health care across our entire region is just profound," said Dr. Ransdell.

The first class of 30 students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program began in June and just finished their first semester.

Regional
4:30 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Habitat of Endangered Fish Protected in Kentucky

More than 120 miles of river habitat for an endangered fish are now under federal protection in Kentucky and West Virginia.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the protection of the diamond darter's habitat. The "critical habitat" designation includes 95 miles of the Green River in Edmonson, Green and Hart counties in Kentucky. It requires federal agencies to ensure that federally funded or permitted activities will not harm the darter or their habitat.

The diamond darter was protected under the Endangered Species Act last month. The tiny fish was considered extinct until scientists rediscovered it in West Virginia in 1980. Fewer than 125 of them have been seen over the past 30 years.

Politics
7:11 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Boisterous Political Supporters Make Fancy Farm What It Is

Thousands of people attend the annual Fancy farm picnic every August for the barbecue, mutton and games and, of course, the fiery political speeches. But just as big a part as that is the audience members who traditionally cheer for their own candidates, jeer their opponents and, more often than not, steal the show.

Joe Corcoran spoke with a Warren County businesswoman who made the trip this year to proudly wear her t-shirt, hold up her signs and to make her presence known.

Education
12:23 pm
Sun July 14, 2013

Ruling on Lawsuit Over Warren County Public Schools Student Cap Expected Soon

A ruling from the Kentucky Education Commission is expected in two weeks regarding how many students the Warren County school system will allow to attend Bowling Green city schools this school year.

A 2001 agreement between the districts set a cap on the number of transferring students. But last April, the county lowered that number by about 90 students. The state would not reimburse the Bowling Green district for students over that number, but they could still attend city schools at a cost of a little over $4,000 a year.

After a three day hearing on the matter wrapped up Saturday morning, Bowling Green school superintendent Joe Tinius told WKU Public Radio there is a slight financial aspect to the controversy but he sees it as a bigger issue, saying neither side would see a net profit from the final decision.

"That's not what education is all about," said Tinius. "This is more about an opportunity for parents to have a choice on where to send their children to school."

The last-minute nature of the county's decision is also causing city schools planning problems for hiring the right amount of staff for the coming school year. "We were already well into planning for the school year and had to back up and start all over again," Tinius said. "And now with a decision expected just a week before school starts, we have to be prepared for either scenario."

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Politics
9:45 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Aide to Sen. Rand Paul Criticized for Inflammatory Views

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)

An aide to Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is coming under fire for his political views on race relations and more.

According to a report in The Washington Free Beacon, Jack Hunter, who co-authored Paul's first book and now serves in his Washington office, worked as a radio personality in South Carolina in the '90's using the name "The Southern Avenger". In that capacity, he expressed sympathy for President Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth, said slavery was not the cause of the Civil War, bashed Hispanic immigrants, and advocated secession for South Carolina.

He did repudiate some of his more controversial statements in the Free Beacon story, saying it was his job back in his radio days to "provoke and inflame", but that he now abhors racism and advocates equal protection under the law for all people. The story notes he did not rule out his support for secession.

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Regional
6:15 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Search is on for Missing Hart County Man

Martin "Marty" Lewis Melton reported missing in Hart County

Kentucky State Police Post 3 in Bowling Green are searching for Martin "Marty" Lewis Melton. Hewas reported missing by family members in Hart County.

Melton was last seen in a wooded area off Friendship Church Road in Hart County Monday morning. He was wearing a black t-shirt, blue jeans and black tennis shoes. He's described as a white male, 5'6" and 140 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

Melton reportedly has numerous medical issues that could potentially render him incapable of taking care of himself. He's also wanted through Barren County for assault 4th degree and persistent felony offender 1st degree.

Anyone with any information on Melton's whereabouts is asked to contact Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555.

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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