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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Regional
2:01 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Derby Time Also Means It's Mint Julep Time in Kentucky

The mint julep stands proud as the beverage known as Kentucky's signature drink. Unless you're new to the area and haven't been paying attention, you know the julep is synonymous with the Kentucky Derby. What you might not know, however, is that the mint julep's history traces back to a rose water drink in the Middle East.

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Sports
12:37 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

WKU Football Start Times Released for Upcoming Season

Western Kentucky University has set kickoff times for its six home football games in 2012, the Athletics Department announced on Tuesday. Three contests will be 6 p.m. (CT) starts, including the season-opener against Austin Peay (Sept. 1) and a home date with Southern Mississippi (Sept. 22).

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Regional
9:50 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Owensboro Commissioners Expected to Pass Skateboard Ban at Tuesday Evening Meeting

The Owensboro City Commission is scheduled to vote on an ordinance that would ban the use of skateboards in the city’s downtown. The Messenger-Inquirer reports the commission is meeting tonight at 5pm at City Hall. The ordinance is expected to pass based on previous discussions by commissioners.

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Health
8:55 am
Tue May 1, 2012

"Horses and Hope" Using Kentucky Derby Week to Encourage Breast Cancer Screenings

Anita Cauley's filly On Fire Baby

The owner and breeder of a top contender in this Friday's Kentucky Oaks horse race is using the event to draw attention to breast cancer screenings. Anita Cauley is a member of Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear's Horses and Hope program, an effort that helps trackside workers obtain cancer screenings. One eye-catching way Cauley is raising awareness is by having the barn used by her filly "On Fire Baby" painted pink.

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WKU Women's Basketball
3:32 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Michelle Clark-Heard Talks About Recruiting, Home Visits, and Great Women's Teams

Michelle Clark-Heard at her introductory WKU news conference in March

There's no such thing as an "off-season" for a college basketball coach. Michelle Clark-Heard is someone who knows this well. Clark-Heard is the head coach of the WKU women's basketball team. Since she was hired in late March, the Louisville native has been evaluating her roster, hiring assistant coaches, scouting potential recruits, and attending tournaments with traveling all-star teams.

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Politics
10:56 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Former Kentucky ACLU Attorney Has Law License Taken Away

A prominent Kentucky attorney who won several major victories for ACLU is being permanently disbarred. David Friedman admitted violating several rules of professional conduct and agreed to the sanction, which was imposed by the Kentucky Supreme Court.

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Politics
10:43 am
Wed April 25, 2012

AP Sources: Gingrich to Suspend Campaign

The Associated Press is reporting Newt Gingrich will suspend his presidential bid Wednesday. Such a move by the former House Speaker would further clear the way for Mitt Romney to receive the Republican nomination for President.

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Sports
10:20 am
Wed April 25, 2012

WKU Women Add All-State Basketball Player to Signing Class

Western Kentucky University women’s basketball coach Michelle Clark-Heard added a third signee during the spring period with the addition of Perry County Central guard Kendall Noble. Coach Heard says signing Noble was at the top of her to-do list.

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Arts & Culture
9:55 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Kentucky's Oldest, Most Storied Orchestra Strikes Deal with Management

Leaders for the Louisville Orchestra Musicians Association say they've ratified an agreement for a new contract with orchestra management. The announcement is likely to end a months-long impasse. The Courier-Journal reports the deal calls for a one-year contract covering 57 musicians for 30 weeks a year with a base salary level of $925 a week, including medical and pension benefits.

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Education
10:41 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Warren County School Once Again Named a Green Ribbon School

A Warren County elementary school is being honored as one of three Green Ribbon Schools in Kentucky. Richardsville Elementary joins Rosa Parks Elementary in Lexington and Georgetown Middle School in Scott County as the only Kentucky schools to receive the award.

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