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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Kentucky's Veterans
9:34 am
Tue November 23, 2010

Wounded Ft. Knox Soldiers Partner with Horses on Road to Recovery

Elizabethtown, Ky – In Elizabethtown, a husband and wife team is helping wounded soldiers gain more control over their lives. Tom and Karen Brown are retired veterans who own Wild Rose Equine Center. With the help of therapists and volunteers, they offer eight-week courses that teach soldiers how to ride the horse and care for the animal, all the while improving balance, coordination, and memory skills. Kevin Willis visited Wild Rose and has our story.

Regional
12:47 pm
Thu November 11, 2010

Western Kentucky Mosque Gains Final Approval

Bowling Green – A Western Kentucky zoning board is giving the okay for a permit to operate a mosque. Mayfield officials are reversing a previous denial that had led to national controversy. Kevin Willis has more.

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Health
11:22 am
Mon September 27, 2010

Medical Perception of Coffee Undergoing Major Shift

Bowling Green, Ky – Millions of Americans swear by the morning cup of coffee. A growing body of research suggests coffee has several positive health benefits. In this report, Kevin Willis speaks with Dr. Peter Martin, director of the Institute for Coffee Studies at Vanderbilt University, and Justin Shepherd, owner of Spencer's Coffeehouse in Bowling Green.

Getting Children Vaccinated
9:19 am
Wed August 25, 2010

Kentucky Research Shows No Benefit to Delaying Childhood Vaccinations

Bowling Green, Ky – Delaying the vaccinations a child is to receive in the first year of life has no positive impact on that child's cognitive development. That's the conclusion of research conducted at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, and published in the journal Pediatrics. Researcher Dr. Michael Smith spoke to WKU Public Radio about the study, and WKU Nursing Instructor Deanna Hanson described the negative consequences of delaying or forgoing vaccinations.

Senator Wendell Ford
2:20 pm
Mon June 21, 2010

Wendell Ford Talks to WKU Public Radio About His Life in Kentucky Politics

Wendell Ford

Owensboro, Ky – Wendell Hampton Ford surely stands as one of Kentucky's most consequential politicians of the 20th century. The Owensboro native represented Kentucky for 24 years in the US Senate after serving as Governor. Kevin Willis recently visited Senator Ford at his office at the Owensboro Museum of Science and History, which houses the Wendell Ford Government Center. Ford discussed a life in politics, as well as his thoughts on the current state of political affairs.

Agriculture
3:08 pm
Fri June 18, 2010

For one Barren County Couple, Their Home is Where the Buffalo Roam

Glasgow, Ky – Shoppers at a Glasgow farmer's market have an unusual meat option: locally raised buffalo. Kim and Bev Braun run Buffalo Nickel Ranch, their 20 acre farm in Glasgow. Currently home to 26 bison, the ranch provides several cuts of buffalo meat, which is popular with some consumers because it's much healthier than beef. Kevin Willis visited the Barren County buffalo ranch, and brings us this report.

Regional
9:22 am
Tue June 15, 2010

Going For a Ride with the BGPD: Sgt. Edwards Bridges Gaps With Immigrants

Bowling Green, Ky – In the second of our two-part series of reports, we take a ride with Bowling Green Police Sgt. Matt Edwards, who patrols some of the city's most ethnically diverse neighborhoods. Sgt. Edwards tells us how he tries to build trust between law enforcement and immigrant communities who are often suspicious of the police. He says a technique known as "community policing" plays a major role in the effort.

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Bowling Green Police and Immigrants
2:29 pm
Mon June 14, 2010

Bowling Green Police Reaching Out to City's Many International Communities

Bowling Green, Ky – The Bowling Green Police Department faces considerable challenges in reaching out to the city's many immigrant communities. Bowling Green has a growing Hispanic population, as well as recent arrivals from Bosnia, Albania, Vietnam, Burma, Liberia, Iraq, and Burundi. Many of these immigrants are naturally suspicious of engaging with law enforcement. In this report, we hear from BGPD Chief Doug Hawkins and Officer Monica Woods, International Communities Liaison.

Agriculture
5:21 pm
Thu May 13, 2010

At Monroe County Farm, a Young Apprentice Learns Sustainable Agriculture

A day in the life of Dry Branch Farm

Summer Shade, Ky – At Dry Branch Farm in Monroe County, Lane Linnenkohl is hard at work preparing his sustainably-raised produce and livestock ahead of the summer growing season. But he's not alone. Andy McPhearson, a 26 year old from New Orleans, is interning at the Summer Shade farm through an apprenticeship program that pairs up-and-coming farmers with those who practice sustainable agriculture. Kevin Willis visited the farm and has our story.

Title IX
11:00 am
Tue May 4, 2010

Title IX Changes to Impact WKU, Other Universities

Bowling Green, Ky – Title IX is the landmark 1972 law that prohibits gender-discrimination in any federally supported education program or activity. You probably have heard about the law's impact on collegiate athletics. Universities recently learned of changes in how they can be Title IX compliant. Kevin Willis recently discussed the changes with WKU Attorney Deborah Wilkins, and WKU Professor Aaron Hughey, with the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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