WKU Public Radio News

News Team

The award-winning news team at WKU Public Radio consists of Dan Modlin, Kevin Willis, Lisa Autry, and Joe Corcoran.


9:33 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Olympic Gold Medalist Returns to WKU to Share Experiences with Students

WKU's Claire Donahue spoke to WKU Public Radio Tuesday morning, and was kind enough to bring her Olympic medal.

Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue is spending Tuesday on the campus of her alma mater, WKU. The former Hilltopper swimmer brought home a gold medal from the London games as part of the women’s 4 x 100-meter medley relay team.

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5:00 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Olympic Gold Medalist Returns to WKU

Claire Donahue appeared on Morning Edition at WKU Public Radio Tuesday morning.
Kevin Willis

The WKU Class of 2016 will hear from Olympic gold medalist and former Hilltopper swimmer Claire Donahue at the annual Freshman Assembly Tuesday evening.  The event will begin at 6 p.m. at Diddle Arena.  

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6:46 am
Sat August 11, 2012

Running Mate: Romney Selects Rep. Paul Ryan for VP Pick

NPR and other news outlets are reporing that Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan is Mitt Romney's choice as running mate on the 2012 Republican presidential ticket.

Official word of the choice, which began leaking overnight, came early this morning from the Romney campaign via a smartphone app and a news release.

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11:45 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Excessive Heat Warnings and Heat Advisories In Effect Across Region

According to the National Weather Service, summer heat will continue through at least Wednesday, the Fourth of July. Temperatures will continue to climb near or well over 100 degress in many areas.

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2:43 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Severe Weather Possible

Late this afternoon and early evening, a broken line of storms is expected to develop across western Kentucky and southern Illinois.  This line is then expected to move across the region during the evening hours.  

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Outstanding WKU Graduate Student
9:54 am
Sat May 12, 2012

Rachel Hopkin Receives John D. Minton Award

Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton, Jr. awards Rachel Hopkin
WKU photo by Clinton Lewis

Folk Studies student Rachel Hopkin, a familiar voice to WKU Public Radio listeners, received the John D. Minton Award for outstanding graduate student Friday.  She was also named the outstanding graduate student in Potter College of Arts & Letters.  Part of her graduate work included the production of radio features about tradition culture in our region.

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3:55 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

WKU Public Radio Airs Live Coverage of President's Address in Afghanistan

 Exactly one year after announcing to the world the death of Osama bin Laden, President Obama is in Afghanistan on an unannounced visit. Mr. Obama is scheduled to deliver an address aimed at Americans this evening at 6:30 CT/7:30 E.T. You can hear live NPR coverage on WKU Public Radio. We'll also have coverage afterwards during our top-of-the-hour newscasts and Wednesday on Morning Edition.

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4:37 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Thanks for Making Our Spring Membership Drive a Success

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3:11 pm
Sun April 15, 2012

Kentucky Associated Press Awards for WKU Public Radio News Reporting

WKU Public Radio received numerous awards at the recent Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters 2012 Awards banquet at the Galt House in Louisville.

Lisa Autry was named Best Radio Reporter for her body of work over the year. Lisa also received a First Place award for Best Public Affairs entry for her report on synthetic marijuana.

Assistant News Director Kevin Willis received the Best Sports Feature/Special for his report on Russell Athletics' uniform contract with WKU sports. 

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2012 General Assembly
8:46 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Update: Kentucky Senate Passes Road Construction Bill; Measure Expected to Also Pass House

The Capitol building in Frankfort

The Kentucky Senate Thursday afternoon approved an ambitious road construction plan that will next head to the House for final passage. The package includes $3.5 billion worth of construction projects over the next two years. The Senate voted 37-0 in favor of the measure.

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