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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Sports
11:31 am
Thu May 10, 2012

WKU Athletics Director Says WKU Can Gain National Notoriety in the Sun Belt

WKU President Gary Ransdell (left) and WKU Athletics Director Todd Stewart
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WKU's new Athletics Director says he's confident in the future of the Sun Belt Conference. Todd Stewart--who has been serving as the school's interim AD--was officially introduced Thursday morning as the new full-time Director of Athletics. Stewart said he doesn't believe WKU's athletics future is hindered because the school isn't in one of the larger sports conferences.

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Education
2:55 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

WKU Professor Seeks to Understand Why Some Have "Identification with All Humanity"

WKU Psychology professor Sam McFarland has long been fascinated by individuals who put their lives--and the lives of loved ones--at risk in order to save people of a different race, ethnicity, or religious group. Dr. McFarland has an article that's set to be published in a social psychology journal called "All Humanity is My Ingroup: A Measure and Studies of 'Identification with All Humanity.'"

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Politics
6:49 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Mourdock Beats Lugar by Wide Margin in Indiana Senate Primary

Six-term Indiana Senator Richard Lugar won't be returning to Washington for a seventh term. Republican State Treasurer Richard Mourdock defeated Lugar in Tuesday's Indiana Republican Senate primary. With 95% of the vote counted, Mourdock was leading Lugar 60% to 40%.

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Politics
9:18 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Polls Open in Hoosier State, with Most Attention Going to GOP Senate Primary

Indiana voters are at the polls today, casting ballots in a closely-watched US Senate primary race. Republican Richard Lugar is seeking another six-year term in the Senate, but is facing his toughest primary challenge ever from Republican State Treasurer Richard Mourdock.

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Sports
1:36 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

WKU's Sun Belt Conference Facing Member Changes in 2013

WKU will have some new future Sun Belt conference football opponents. The conference realignment that has impacted so many schools throughout the nation is also being felt in the Sun Belt.

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Business
1:31 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Maker's Mark Accused of Allowing Workplace Sexual Discrimination

One of Kentucky’s most famous bourbon distilleries is being sued by current and former employees who claim they were victims of sexual discrimination. Four of the five women suing Maker’s Mark still work at the distillery. The women filing the sexual discrimination suit say they were subject to a hostile and intimidating atmosphere around the bottling line at the distillery in Loretto.

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Sports
10:18 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Former Hilltopper Officially Signs Deal with NFL Team

Former WKU defensive back Derrius Brooks has signed a free-agent contract with the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals. Brooks wasn’t picked in last week’s NFL draft, but many players who aren’t drafted later sign free agent deals with teams of their choice.

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Politics
3:23 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Indiana's Longest Serving Senator Faces Challenge of His Life in Next Tuesday's Primary

Sen. Richard Lugar (left), and State Treasurer Richard Mourdock

Indiana's Republican Senate Primary is next Tuesday, and it's drawing national attention. For the first time in decades, Senator Richard Lugar is facing a primary challenger. The person opposing Lugar is State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, a conservative with backing from local and national Tea Party organizations. Despite the fact that Lugar has maintained a very conservative voting record since entering the Senate in 1977, Mourdock and his supporters say Lugar is out of touch with ordinary Indiana voters, and not conservative enough for many Indiana Republicans.

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Regional
11:03 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Fewer Kentuckians, Americans Claim Religious Affiliation in 2011

A once-in-a-decade report shows membership in religious denominations is dropping in the states of Kentucky and Indiana, as well as throughout the nation. The survey shows the largest decliners include the Roman Catholic Church and many historic Protestant denominations.

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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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