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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Owensboro, Ky – Groundbreaking HIV research ongoing in Owensboro could one day impact the lives of people in the developing world. Dr. Kenneth Palmer is leading a study that has successfully grown an HIV-blocking protein in the Kentucky tobacco plant. Kevin Willis visited Dr. Palmer's offices in Owensboro to learn about the research and how it could one day save lives by preventing the spread of the virus that causes AIDS.

Bowling Green, Ky – A WKU Economics Professor says there's never been a better time than now to mount a defense of capitalism. Dr. Brian Strow was recently named the school's first BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism. He acknowledges that a recent survey shows more than 25% of Americans don't believe capitalism is the best way to organize a society. This is the complete, unedited version of Dr. Strow's recent interview with WKU Public Radio.

Nashville, TN – All over the world, scientists are trying to unlock the secrets of the human brain. At Vanderbilt University in Nashville, researchers are engaged in cutting-edge experiments designed to reveal how we arrive at legal decisions, such as guilt and innocence. As Kevin Willis reports, the research could help us understand how juries and judges administer verdicts.

Glasgow, Ky – A grassroots organization in Barren County is pushing for greater reliance on locally produced food. Sustainable Glasgow is one of a growing number of groups throughout the US focusing on the promotion of local food markets as a way to bolster the regional economy. Kevin Willis recently visited Glasgow to meet members of the group and find out what they hope to accomplish.

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.