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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Health
8:23 am
Thu September 6, 2012

WKU Wide Receiver Makes Long Journey Back to Football Field After ACL Injury

Marcus Vasquez demonstrates the "shuttle", one of the many rehab exercises he did to strengthen his injured knee.
Kevin Willis

In WKU's season opening win last Saturday against Austin Peay, senior wide receiver Marcus Vasquez didn’t have a particularly amazing stat line: one catch for 25 yards. But the fact Vasquez was on the field at all is a tribute to the power of the human body, spirit—and the miracle of modern medicine.

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Health
4:15 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Owensboro Medical Health System Will Keep Part of Current Building Intact, Demolish Other Part

An aerial view of the new hospital under construction in Owensboro

Owensboro Medical Health System plans to raze part of its existing facilities as it prepares to open a new hospital next year. OMHS will continue to use four of its existing buildings, including the Mitchell Cancer Center, the Breckenridge medical office building, the emergency department building, and a parking garage.

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Business
9:14 am
Wed August 29, 2012

High-Tech Company in Owensboro Helping Local, National Businesses Grow with Social Media

Nathan Cruse (left), and Nick Knapp in the Owensboro office of VE Creative
Kevin Willis

When you walk into the downtown office of VE Creative, one of the first things you notice is the set of huge windows facing Owensboro’s 3rd street, a few blocks from the Ohio River. For the small group of workers here, these windows aren’t just a way to view the pretty scenery outside. They’re also a potential way to help generate online and social media street cred for the company, and--more importantly--downtown Owensboro.

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Politics
1:28 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

Republicans Postpone Beginning of Convention, Impacting Speeches by Paul and Barr

Republicans are working to reschedule their convention events and speeches after canceling the first day of the massive rally in Tampa, FL. Party leaders decided the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac was too great to continue with Monday's opening day of the convention.

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Regional
11:57 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Owensboro Residents Ready for Friday Night's Reopening of Smothers Park

The waterfall feature at Smothers Park in Owensboro
Kevin Willis

It’s the second night of celebrations in Owensboro as the city officially reopens its downtown Smothers Park to the public. What those attending Friday’s events will see is a riverfront area that has received a complete facelift.

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Business
8:59 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Owensboro's Smothers Park Ready for Grand Reopening

A three-day celebration gets underway Thursday evening in Owensboro as the city reopens Smothers Park, a major part of a years-long downtown revitalization effort. The Col. Charles E. Shelton memorial is being rededicated at 7 p.m.

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Business
1:38 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Aluminum Smelter in Hancock County Gives 12-Month Termination Notice to Power Supplier

Hancock County leaders are trying to stay optimistic about the future of a major employer in their area. Century Aluminum smelter announced this week it has given Big Rivers Electric Cooperative a 12-month termination notice. That puts the smelter’s ability to operate in jeopardy.

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Politics
8:37 am
Tue August 21, 2012

McConnell Wants Akin to Quit Missouri Senate Race

The highest ranking Republican in the U.S. Senate is calling on his party's candidate to abandon his Missouri campaign. Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell joins a growing number of Republicans who regard Rep. Todd Akin's chances to win the race seriously diminished following recent comments on abortion.

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Politics
2:20 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Republican National Convention Speaker Schedule Features Paul, Barr

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is scheduled to speak in prime-time on the opening night of next week’s Republican National Convention. A schedule released by the national party shows the Bowling Green Republican will take the stage not long after the 7:45pm start of the evening session next Monday.

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Education
2:30 am
Mon August 20, 2012

WKU Freshmen Get First Taste of College Life This Week

Kevin Willis

WKU's freshmen are learning what it's like to get up for an 8 a.m. class. The M.A.S.T.E.R Plan orientation program for first-year students is underway Monday at the campus in Bowling Green. Students will attend sessions dealing with issues like time management, study skills, and getting along with people who look and think differently that you.

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