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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Politics/Education
9:31 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Ky House Education Chairman might consider vote on charter school bill

Rep. Carl Rollins (D-Midway)
Kentucky Legislative Research Commission

A vote on legislation that would allow charter schools may finally have it’s day in the Kentucky state House education committee.

House Education Chairman Carl Rollins says he’s considering allowing a charter school bill to receive a hearing and a vote in his committee this session. That’s been unheard of since Rollins assumed the chair of that committee.

Rollins makes no guarantee he’ll bring up a charter school bill, but says if there’s legislation out there he can deal with, a vote could happen.

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Politics
3:22 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Influential Kentucky Senate Republican to help Beshear with gambling bill

Sen. Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown)
Kentucky Legislative Research Commission

While Senate President David Williams and other GOP state lawmakers have expressed criticism of the Governor's expanded gambling plans, at least one Senate Republican says he'll help Beshear. Kevin Willis has this story about Scott County Senator Damon Thayer.

WKU Basketball
4:21 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

Ray Harper Introduced as Interim WKU Men's Basketball Coach

Bowling Green, Ky – WKU Athletics Director Ross Bjork Friday afternoon officially introduced Ray Harper as the Hilltopper's interim head coach. This comes after Ken McDonald was fired following a 5-11 start to the season. Bjork said a national search will get underway to identify the next full-time head coach. Bjork added Harper would be considered for the full-time job. Kevin Willis covered today's announcement and has this report.

Coach Ken McDonald
3:37 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

WKU Basketball Coach Fired

WKU basketball coach Ken McDonald has been fired. A statement released by the school this morning says assistant coach Ray Harper has been named interim coach.  The Toppers are 5-11 so far this season, and lost at home Thursday night to Louisiana-Lafayette. 

Education
9:46 am
Wed December 7, 2011

WKU President Says Students Can Expect a 5% Tuition Increase, Hopes to Avoid Higher Ed Funding Cuts

Bowling Green, Ky – WKU President Gary Ransdell recently hosted a group of state lawmakers from the Warren County region at his home. In addition to having a nice breakfast, those lawmakers got an earful from the President about the future of higher education funding in Kentucky. President Ransdell says WKU students can expect another 5% tuition increase next fall, and he says Kentucky's university leaders are banding together to present lawmakers with a proposed higher education funding model.

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Education
9:24 am
Mon November 14, 2011

Some WKU Students Choosing to Learn Arabic as a Way of Enhancing Job Prospects

Bowling Green, Ky – For many Kentucky college students, choosing a foreign language class usually involves the usual suspects of Spanish, French, and possibly German. But WKU's Arabic language instructor, Khaldoun Almousily, says learning his native language will greatly enhance a student's job prospects after graduation. We spoke to Khaldoun and two of his students, Louisville junior Alli Wright and Kent Johnson, a junior from Colombia, TN.

Author Interviews
9:51 am
Thu November 10, 2011

Bowling Green Doctor Authors New Book about His Experience as Vietnam Combat Surgeon

Bowling Green, Ky – In 1966, Jerry Martin was a 30 year old family doctor in Bowling Green. By that summer, he had been drafted into the Army has a combat medic. "Soldiers Saving Soldiers" is Dr. Martin's new book about the history and accomplishments of the 18th Surgical Hospital, the unit in which he served. The book contains over 500 photographs Martin took of the Vietnamese people, the countryside, and the US soldiers he operated on. He spoke to Kevin Willis ahead of Veteran's Day.

Bourbon
10:39 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Kentucky Author Says Bourbon Can Help Make a Great Dish, as Well as Drink

Chef, culinary instructor, and author Albert Schmid

Bowling Green, Ky – Everyone knows bourbon is Kentucky's signature spirit. But Albert Schmid says many people don't realize bourbon makes a wonderful cooking ingredient as well. Schmid is a chef and an instructor at Sullivan University's National Center for Hospitality Studies in Louisville. He recently authored "The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook", which contains seasonal recipes for food and drink. He stopped by our studios and spoke to Kevin Willis.

Arts & Culture
9:42 am
Thu September 15, 2011

Kentucky Repertory Theatre World Premiere Explores Issues of Race, Prejudice, Identity

Horse Cave, Ky – Kentucky Repertory Theatre at Horse Cave is giving the world premiere of Where I Come From, a play set in a New York City courtroom that explores issues of race, ethnicity, and prejudice. Playwright Eric Daniels got the inspiration for the play when he served as a juror in a federal civil trial in Manhattan. KRT executive director Christopher Carter Sanderson says the play is valuable because it can provoke conversation about touchy subjects. Kevin Willis has our story.

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