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.

Ways to Connect

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nashville, TN – As a special web exclusive, WKU Public Radio is offering the complete, half-hour conversation between Nashville Symphony conductor and music director Giancarlo Guerrero and Kevin Willis.

Nashville, TN – Giancarlo Guerrero is a man at the helm of one of the top up-and-coming orchestras in the country. As conductor and music director of the Nashville Symphony, Guerrero is in a unique position to address the many challenges facing orchestras and the American classical music industry. In this interview with WKU Public Radio's Kevin Willis, Guerrero talks about attracting audiences for new music, the threats posed by cutting musical education in schools, and his own favorite pieces of music.

Louisville, Ky – Kentucky's most innovative HIV researcher says he's excited about the news concerning a recent clinical trial involving 16,000 adults in Thailand. Dr. Kenneth Palmer is a Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Louisville. He says many in the field of HIV prevention had given up hope that a vaccine was possible. The Thailand study showed those who took a combination of vaccines had a 31% decreased risk of contracting the virus that causes AIDS.

Nashville, TN – One researcher who contributed to the 2009 Tennessee Women's Health Report Card says the results show the state is paying for unhealthy lifestyles. The first-of-its-kind effort in Tennessee gives the state failing or near-failing grades in categories such as obesity, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. We spoke with Dr. Katherine Hartmann, Director of Women's Health Research at Vanderbilt University, and Tennessee Health Commissioner Susan Collins.

Austin, Ky – Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese is the stuff of legend for many cheese lovers in the region. Kenny Mattingly started making cheese 11 years ago in rural Barren County, and after some tough times, his business caught the wave of interest in locally-produced food. Kevin Willis visited the Mattingly farm to learn more about the story behind the cheese.

Bowling Green, Ky – The Carol Martin Gatton Academy for Math and Science in Kentucky is now in its third year on the campus of WKU. Some of the best high school juniors and seniors take classes alongside WKU undergraduates, and engage in research projects with school faculty. After they graduate from Gatton, students can attend college anywhere. Kevin Willis has this report on the decision facing Gatton graduates: should they stay on at WKU, or pursue higher education elsewhere?

Owensboro, Ky – As newspapers throughout the country struggle with the issue of making their online operations profitable, a publisher in Owensboro says papers have to stop giving away their product for free. Bob Morris is group publisher for the company that produces several papers in Kentucky, including the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer. Morris says not charging for online content gives the impression the product has no value. We also hear from Jeff Jobe, a publisher based in Glasgow.

Bowling Green, Ky – An Elizabethtown-based group that serves 42 Kentucky counties is trying to get food to hungry children. Feeding America, Kentucky's Heartland is trying to rally support for its "Adopt-A-Backpacker" program, which provides basic food items for children to take home on the weekends. Each Friday, school personnel put a bag of food in the child's backpack. The organization's Development Director, Tami Delaney, says this is done to avoid stigmatizing the child. Kevin Willis reports.

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