Kevin Willis

News Director

Kevin is the News Director at WKU Public Radio.  He has been with the station since 1999, and was previously the Assistant News Director, and also served as local host of Morning Edition.  He is a broadcast journalism graduate of WKU, and has won numerous awards for his reporting and feature production.  Kevin grew up in Radcliff, Kentucky and currently lives in Glasgow.

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Education
2:35 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Two Gatton Academy Seniors Recognized as National Achievement Semifinalists

The Gatton Academy at WKU

Gatton Academy seniors Charvinia Neblett of Russellville and Henry Uradu of Russell have been recognized as semifinalists in the National Achievement Scholarship Program, an honor that potentially opens the door to college scholarship opportunities.

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Regional
7:43 am
Sun September 30, 2012

Weekend News Roundup: Rand Paul vs. the GOP, Lobbyists Spend Big in KY, WKU Wins Again

We know the weekends can be a busy time for some, while others just like to kick back and tune out any and all news coverage. WKU Public Radio has put together the following list of links that highlights some of the most interesting news stories we came across this weekend:

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Sports
9:18 am
Sat September 29, 2012

A Tale of Two Halves: WKU Rallies, Wins Sun Belt Opener 26-13

Facing a 13-point halftime deficit and an apparent knee injury to starting quarterback Kawuan Jakes, the WKU Hilltoppers scored 26 unanswered second half points to win their Sun Belt conference opener against Arkansas State.

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Health/Business
8:38 am
Thu September 27, 2012

In Owensboro, Those with Celiac Disease Don't Have to Go Without Goodies

Nancy Faulkner in front of some of her cooling racks at Gluten Free Goodies in Owensboro.
Kevin Willis

At first glance, this small shop off of Frederica Street looks like any ordinary bakery. The cakes, cookies, and cinnamon rolls on display seem like they fit right in with the kinds of treats you’d find anywhere else. To prove that point, Nancy Faulkner described for a visiting reporter the items scheduled to be picked up on a recent Friday afternoon.

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Sports
1:20 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

WKU Football Team Will Open Conference Play Without Defensive Star

Jonathan Dowling is a transfer from the University of Florida who has made a huge impact for the Hilltoppers this season.

The WKU football team will be without one of its star defenders during this Saturday’s Sun Belt conference opener. The league is upholding a one-game suspension of Hilltopper safety Jonathan Dowling, who was ejected from last Saturday’s win against Southern Mississippi.

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Economy
1:18 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Kentucky Drivers Face High "Misery Index" Rating

This is what many motorists think they see when they fill up their vehicles.

When it comes to keeping a vehicle on the road, Kentucky ranks in the top 10 of a new survey. Unfortunately, it’s not a survey you want to rank high in.

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Sports
10:27 pm
Sat September 22, 2012

WKU Dominates Southern Miss 42-17, Sets Attendance Record

WKU running back Antonio Andrews ran for a career-high 136 yards against the Golden Eagles.
WKU Sports

The WKU football team faced questions this week about whether they could focus on Saturday night's opponent following the jubilation of their win last week against Kentucky. The answer to those questions would be a resounding "yes."

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Politics
6:58 am
Sat September 22, 2012

FBI Investigating Richie Farmer's Eight Years as Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner

Former Kentucky agriculture commissioner Richie Farmer

The FBI has opened an investigation into Richie Farmer's tenure as agriculture commissioner. Farmer's successor, James Comer, confirmed the revelation Friday. Comer says the office of Attorney General Jack Conway informed him the FBI would be contacting current agriculture commission employees who served during Farmer's eight year stint, from 2004-2011.

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Sports
11:59 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Former WKU Coach Jack Harbaugh Back on the Hill to be Honored

Former WKU football coach Jack Harbaugh and Jackie Harbaugh
Kevin Willis

It's not every day you run into a national championship-winning football coach. Jack Harbaugh and his wife, Jackie, are on WKU's campus Friday ahead of Saturday night's game against Southern Miss. The two will be honored before the game in an on-the-field ceremony.

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Sports
8:45 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Hilltoppers Look to Go 3-1 with Win over Southern Miss

WKU Sports

The WKU football team is hoping to continue the momentum established last weekend when they host Southern Mississippi Saturday night. The Hilltoppers are 2-1 following their win at Kentucky, and a big crowd is expected to watch the first-ever meeting between WKU and the Golden Eagles from Conference USA.

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