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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Arts & Culture
9:55 am
Tue April 27, 2010

Kentucky's Famous Drink, the Mint Julep, has History and Panache

This julep comes in the traditional silver cup.

Louisville, Ky – 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. Kevin Willis recently visited the famous Seelbach Hotel in Louisville to learn the history and proper preparation of the famous drink.

Health
9:50 am
Mon April 5, 2010

Owensboro Program Brings Parents, Kids Together to Battle Obesity

Bowling Green, KY – An Owensboro program is getting kids and parents active and educated in an effort to battle childhood obesity. The Power Up Kidz effort at Owensboro Medical Health System brings adults and children together, teachers them about healthy cooking and portion control, and gets them physically active. In this report, Kevin Willis brings us the story of some of those involved in the effort.

Haiti's Earthquake
4:35 pm
Fri March 5, 2010

Owensboro Surgeon Returning to Haiti on Medical Mission

Owensboro, Ky – For the second time since a massive earthquake hit Haiti in January, Dr. Philip Hurley of Owensboro is heading on a medical mission. Hurley is an orthopedic surgeon who is volunteering his time to help the countless victims of the quake. On his first trip, Dr. Hurley performed numerous operations, including many amputations. He's expecting more of the same this trip. He spoke with Kevin Willis from his Daviess County office.

Health
4:09 pm
Mon March 1, 2010

New Owensboro Rehab Center Takes Different Approach to Helping Addicts

Owensboro, Ky – In Owensboro, an alcohol and drug rehabilitation center is taking an unusual approach in helping addicts get clean. The Owensboro Regional Recovery center doesn't employ doctors, nurses, or professional counselors. Instead, former addicts serve as peer mentors for residents. The Daviess County facility targets male addicts who are homeless. Kevin Willis recently visited the center and has our report.

Helping Haiti's Quake Victims
9:50 am
Fri February 19, 2010

Owensboro Surgeon Speaks About Medical Mission in Haiti

Owensboro, Ky – An Owensboro doctor is speaking out about what he saw during a medical mission to Haiti. Dr. Charles Milem is a surgeon with Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Daviess County. After the devastating earthquake last month, Dr. Milem spent a week in Haiti performing surgeries--many of them amputations--under challenging conditions. He spoke to WKU Public Radio about how the experience has changed him.

Meth Scourge
9:25 am
Tue January 12, 2010

"Shake and Bake" Meth Production on the Rise in Kentucky

Bowling Green, Ky – A new one-step method of producing methamphetamine is gaining in popularity throughout the region. "Shake and bake" is a technique where meth ingredients are placed in a plastic bottle and shaken. Kevin Willis spoke to law enforcement agents in Bowling Green and Elizabethtown about the dangers the method poses to those involved, and those who come into contact with the discarded bottles.

Arts & Culture
4:16 pm
Thu December 3, 2009

WKU Pre-College Strings Program Looking to Expand

Ching-Yi Lin

Bowling Green, Ky – The WKU Pre-College Strings Program is an effort to encourage Warren County public school students to learn string instruments. The program's newest instructor is Ching Yi-Lin, who is hoping to expand the program to disadvantaged young people throughout the region. Kevin Willis spoke with Ching-Yi and one of her pupils about the program's goals.

New Surgical Techniques
9:05 am
Wed November 18, 2009

Owensboro Hospital Latest to Get New Surgical Technology

Two nurses prep the da Vinci surgical system at Owensboro Medical Health System.

Owensboro, Ky – The Owensboro Medical Health System is the latest hospital in Kentucky to use a new piece of surgical technology known as the da Vinci. The system is changing the way procedures like hysterectomies are performed, with many patients experiencing much shorter recovery times. Kevin Willis visited OMHS and spoke with a surgeon who explained how the da Vinci system works.

War in Afghanistan
9:20 am
Wed November 4, 2009

WKU Political Scientist Says US Left With No Easy Answers in Afghanistan

Bowling Green, Ky – The decision to cancel an upcoming Presidential runoff election in Afghanistan still leaves some tough decisions for US leaders as they try to deal with political turmoil and violence there. WKU Political Science Professor Soleimon Kiasatpour says there are no easy answers for America's political and military leaders. He spoke with our Dan Modlin.

Intersection of Health and Business
9:38 am
Fri October 30, 2009

Owensboro Leaders Believe New Hospital will Improve Health Care, Business

Owensboro, Ky – The head of the Owensboro Medical Health System says a new hospital would greatly improve the experience of those seeking care. OHMS President and CEO Jeff Barber believes a new facility is necessary to serve those in Daviess County, as well as those who come from surrounding counties such as Henderson, Ohio, and Union. Groundbreaking is set to take place in March, with the new hospital opening in 2013. Kevin Willis went to Owensboro to learn more about what the hospital will look like.

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