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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Nashville, TN – A one-of-a-kind partnership is taking place between Vanderbilt University and Johnson & Johnson that could change the way pharmaceutical drugs are produced. Normally, universities conduct general research and publish their findings in journals. Now, researchers at Vanderbilt are looking to discover new molecules that will lead to schizophrenia medications. Kevin Willis visited Vanderbilt University to meet the director of the school's drug discovery program.

Owensboro, Ky – In Owensboro, the Charles Medley Distillery has been largely dormant for more than two decades. That's changing now, as the distillery will soon become Kentucky's most far-western bourbon producer. WKU Public Radio went to Daviess County to meet plant manager Derek Schneider, who explained bourbon's growing popularity both here and abroad, and how Owensboro's underground limestone river will be the key to great bourbon production.

Owensboro, Ky – The Boulware Mission in Owensboro may very well be one of the best kept secrets in Kentucky. The homeless shelter/substance abuse treatment center has gained a reputation for graduating clients--many of whom return to help at the mission. Boulware is in the process of renovating an abandoned nun convent where the mission will be able to house triple the number of clients it currently serves. Kevin Willis visited Boulware and has this report.

Bowling Green, Ky – A husband-and-wife legal team is giving the WKU School of Journalism and Broadcasting a $250,000 gift to create new classes that will focus on First Amendment media freedoms. The Louisville couple didn't attend WKU, but say they wanted to contribute something powerful to their native state. Kevin Willis reports on how the gift will be used.

Bowling Green, Ky – In mid-December, WKU students will take finals and conclude the fall semester. But for 120 WKU students, it's been a history-making few months. The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Math and Science opened its doors this semester to many of the state's brightest students. WKU Public Radio's Kevin Willis spoke to two Gatton Academy students, and the Academy's Executive Director.

Owensboro, Ky – Father Larry Hostetter has been on the job as President of Brescia University for just a few weeks, but he's keenly aware of several challenges facing the Owensboro school. Father Hostetter wants to increase the enrollment and regional visibility of Brescia. As Kevin Willis reports, part of the plan is to sell prospective students on the concept of a liberal arts education.

Owensboro, Ky – Inmates at the Daviess County Detention Center are being offered free HIV testing. The program is a new effort to identify the virus and educate those who are infected. Research shows that those who know they are HIV positive are much more likely to curtail or stop their risky behaviors. Kevin Willis recently traveled to Owensboro to learn more about the program.

Glasgow, Ky – This special documentary takes a behind-the-scenes look at the deployment of the 623rd National Guard unit, based in Glasgow and several other towns in the region. This program recently won First Place for Best Series/Documentary from the Kentucky Associated Press awards.

Fort Mitchell, Ky – A unique public-private partnership in Kentucky and Ohio is being credited with changing the lives of at-risk mothers. The "Every Child Succeeds" program provides intensive home visits for moms who are pregnant with--or who have just had--their first child. Kevin Willis of Western's Public Radio visited one Kentucky town where the program works.

Nashville, TN – Saddam Hussein is standing trial for the gassing deaths of thousands of Kurdish civilians in the late 1980s. In Nashville, this country's largest Kurdish community is hoping the ex-dictator finally sees justice for the genocide. We hear from Tahir Hussein, head of the Nashville Kurdish Forum. This is taken from a 2005 award-winning documentary called "Saddam On Trial", produced by Western's Public Radio.

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