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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WKU quarterback Kawuan Jakes will start Thursday night’s game against Troy, but will wear a brace to protect his injured left knee. Jakes was hurt during WKU’s win over Arkansas State Sept. 29 and didn’t play in the second half.

We hope you're enjoying your weekend! WKU Public Radio has put together the following collection of links to interesting stories from around our region. We know the weekends can be a time when you're away from the news, and this is one way we're trying to help you stay informed.

Kentucky Soldiers Preparing U.S. Exit from Afghanistan

Doctors in Tennessee believe the first victim of the fungal meningitis outbreak there was a Kentucky Circuit Court Judge from Albany. Judge Eddie C. Lovelace died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center on September 17th at the age of 78.

Coal miners are continuing to be the subjects of TV political ads in a Lexington-based congressional district that has no mines. Republican challenger Andy Barr went up Wednesday with another such ad in which miners, their faces covered in coal dust, criticize 6th District Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler.

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.

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:

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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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.

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.

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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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."

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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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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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.

Hardin County Schools will use a $1 million  grant from the Defense Department to bolster dropout prevention efforts. The grant announced Thursday in Elizabethtown will pay for counseling programs for at-risk students, extended school services, and random drug testing at the district’s alternative school for troubled students.

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