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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WKU Athletics
1:40 pm
Fri August 19, 2011

WKU Unveils New Football Uniforms, Agreement with Russell Athletic

WKU Head Football Coach Willie Taggart

Bowling Green, Ky – WKU and Russell Athletic are extending a contract that provides athletic apparel for WKU's 19 sports teams. Kevin Willis has this story.

2012 Election
9:19 am
Tue August 16, 2011

WKU Political Analyst Says Perry Faces Big Challenges Ahead in GOP Primary

Texas Governor Rick Perry

Bowling Green, Ky – WKU Political Science Professor Scott Lasley dropped by our studios to talk about Rick Perry's entrance into the GOP Presidential primary and the Kentucky Governor's race. Scott says Perry has been a prolific fundraiser in Texas, but election finance rules there are much different than those on the national level.

Arts & Culture
9:19 am
Mon August 8, 2011

Meet the Man who Interprets Arabic in Kentucky's Courtrooms

Bowling Green, Ky – Khaldoun Almousily is a busy man. When he's not teaching Arabic language classes at WKU, he's traveling the state, working as the only Arabic language interpreter and translator certified to appear in Kentucky's courtrooms. He spoke to WKU Public Radio's Kevin Willis about how he's received in small towns, and the many different dialects within the Arabic language.

Spirited New Business in BG
4:33 pm
Mon July 18, 2011

At a Bowling Green Distillery, Success Comes From Experimental Spirits and Sound Business Practices

Three of Corsair's selections

Bowling Green, Ky – Opening a small business is always hard.

Try doing it during the worst economy since the Great Depression.

That's exactly what the founders of Corsair Artisan Distillery did, and now they're reaping the rewards of their efforts.

Corsair--with distilleries in Nashville and downtown Bowling Green--puts its own unique twist on classic spirits. Vanilla bean vodka, red absinthe, and triple-smoke whiskey are just a few examples.

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Betty Ford
9:58 am
Mon July 11, 2011

Glasgow Surgeon Remembers Impact of Betty Ford on Women's Health Issues

Bowling Green, Ky – America is remembering the life of former First Lady Betty Ford, who passed away Friday at the age of 93. A Glasgow surgeon has a unique connection to Mrs. Ford. Dr. William Thistlethwaite of TJ Sampson Hospital is the son of James Thistlethwaite, who diagnosed Mrs. Ford's breast cancer and assisted in her subsequent surgery. William spoke to WKU Public Radio about his father's role in helping Mrs. Ford, and the impact of her advocacy on behalf of women's health issues.

Health
1:58 pm
Fri June 17, 2011

Kentucky Surgeon is Helping Show the Way to Innovative Stroke Treatments

Louisville, Ky – Kentucky is home to one of a handful of doctors who is using aggressive, interventional treatments to help advanced stroke patients. Doctor Alex Abou-Chebl, a professor of neurology at the University of Louisville, is pushing beyond what is considered the "standard of care" for victims of stroke. In this report, we hear from the doctor and Andrew Fisher, a patient who was saved when Abou-Chebl placed tiny balloons and stents in Fisher's brain.

Ky Bluegrass in DC
1:59 pm
Mon June 6, 2011

National Mall Renovation Will Feature Lots of Kentucky Bluegrass

Bowling Green, Ky – Later this summer, the National Mall in Washington begins a multi-year renovation. A big part of the changes will be new grass along the mall to replace the turf that has been worn down by years of heavy foot traffic. Experts have chosen the Kentucky bluegrass seed for the effort. In this report, we hear from Caroline Cunnigham, President of the Trust for the National Mall, and turf expert Murray Cook.

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Impact of Social Media
9:48 am
Fri May 6, 2011

WKU Research Looks into Narcissism, Use of Social Media Sites

Bowling Green, Ky – The widespread popularity of social networking sites and devices has some wondering if young people are becoming too self-involved and narcissistic. But research done at WKU indicates these sites don't increase narcissism so much as they amplify the narcissism already present within the user. Kevin Willis has this story.

Health
9:21 am
Fri April 8, 2011

"Butterflies" Campaign in Barren County Raises Money to Fight Rare Pulmonary Disease

Maddie Morgan
Picture courtesy of butterfliesformaddie.com

Glasgow, Ky – Donna and Tony Morgan of Barren County have been on a mission ever since tragedy struck their family in 2005. That's the year their 6 year old daughter, Maddie, died suddenly of Pulmonary Veno Occlusive Disease, or "PVOD". Since then, the Morgans have set out to educate the public--and just as importantly, the medical community--about the rare disease. Kevin Willis reports from Glasgow about the Butterflies for Maddie Foundation.

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