Colin Jackson

Morning Edition Host/Reporter

Colin Jackson joined the WKU Public Radio news team in October 2018 as Morning Edition Host and Reporter. Jackson comes to Kentucky from Michigan where he worked in the newsroom of NPR member station WDET in Detroit. He also has experience as a host and producer with Townsquare Media in Lansing, Michigan and Impact 89FM in East Lansing.

Colin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Relations & Policy and Spanish from Michigan State University. 



Muslims worldwide began celebrating the holy month of Ramadan this week.

However, because of social distancing guidelines, gatherings for prayer, the reading of the Quran and the breaking of fast at sundown every day are going to be severely limited.

The Islamic Center of Bowling Green has canceled its scheduled iftar meals, and has moved traditional rituals online. WKU Public Radio spoke with the mosque's leader, Imam Sedin Agic, to learn more.

Ft. Knox

As government leaders assess when to reopen the economy amid coronavirus concerns, senior miliary commanders are considering the long-term effects of the pandemic.

The Fort Knox U.S. Army base in Kentucky was among the first in the nation to close its schools because of the virus, and continues to use measures like virtual training to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Courtesy of State Representative Lisa Willner Facebook Page

Many individuals who need mental health in the Ohio Valley are not receiving it. 

Kentucky State Rep. Lisa Willner, a Louisville Democrat and licensed psychologist, listed many potential solutions in a conversation with WKU Public Radio.

Among them were "Tim's Law," which requires some people hositalized with a mental health incident to receive treatment.

Willner also explained why there's a disparity in care for physical and mental health. 


There’s a saying credited to TV therapist Dr. Phil that borders on cliché.

It goes: “Life’s a marathon, not a sprint”, meaning obstacles are inevitable, it’s going to exhaust the hell out of you, and you’ve got to keep fighting anyway.

It applies to mental health too, making support networks crucial.

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The Brentwood Springs treatment center in southern Indiana does its best to remove the stigma from mental health. The space looks modern, the cafeteria smells like tasty food, and you may hear the sounds of a guitar coming from creative therapy down the hall.

Bryan Lemon

February's Lost River Sessions LIVE show at the Captiol Arts Center in Bowling Green was a special one.

Fans saw local singer and songwriter Dax Evans take the stage, performing some heartfelt original songs.

Meanwhile, Nashville artist, and former music therapist Kyshona, blessed the venue on the eve of her album release with new music.


WKU Public Radio is looking for community members willing to share their stories on how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their lives.

Maybe you’re a business owner who’s had to abruptly adjust with increasing precautions? Or, maybe you’re a student adjusting to life away from the classroom? Your story matters, and here’s a chance to share it with the world.

Office of Governor Andy Beshear

The novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, have had an enormous impact on daily life in Kentucky and the world, prompting governments at all levels to respond.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has been holding semi-regular news briefings about measures being taken in the state to combat the spread of COVID-19. 

Those briefings are being streamed live at Gov. Beshear's Facebook page and YouTube channel.

You can access live webstreaming of the governor's daily news conferences by clicking on the links above. 

Courtesy of Steve Meyers

A retired U.S. Army veteran working to raise awareness about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is bringing his message to Fort Knox on Friday.

Sergeant First Class Stephen Meyers is walking across the country as part of a campaign to alert the public to mental health issues facing veterans and many others.

His speech with Fort Knox coincides as the U.S. Army Human Resources Command is stepping up efforts to promote physical and mental well-being through it's "Risk Reduction Program." That effort is an ongoing year-long campaign taking a prevention-focused approach to issues like PTSD and subsquent dangers, like suicide.

Scott Willis

Three decades in the music business have taught former Black Crowes Drummer Steve Gorman a lot about unhealthy environments. In his new book, Hard to Handle: The Life and Death of the Black Crowes, the former Western Kentucky University student details the group’s meteoric rise and crushing downfall.


Ahead of this weekend’s show at the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center, Gorman joined us to discuss his new band, Trigger Hippy, and it’s sophomore album, Full Circle and Then Some.

Bryan Lemon

The first Lost River Sessions Live show of the year kicked off in January at the Capitol Arts Center in Bowling Green, with performances from the multi-talented Bowling Green artist Jamie Resch, and experienced singer/songwriter/producer Will Kimbrough.

Courtesy of Markeeta Wilkerson

A celebration of the Afro-centric holiday, Kwanzaa, is coming back to Hopkinsville, Ky., for the second year.

Activities begin on Dec. 26 with a Kwanzaa Festival at the Old Christian County Middle School, and run through Jan. 1.

The community celebration, which is open to people of all races and cultures, started in Hopkinsville last year when Markeeta Wilkerson decided her city needed a boost.

Becca Schimmel

Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton managed to stay relatively out of the spotlight until the final year of Republican Governor Matt Bevin's administration.

In January, eyes turned toward her once Bevin filed to run for reelection without her on his ticket, and without explanation for several months.

In an interview with WKU Public Radio, Hampton discussed that moment and several other lessons from her time in office.


Officials in Warren County are asking for residents' input on how to improve local transportation.

The survey from the Bowling Green & Warren County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will help shape priorites for future projects. The group's 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) aims to prepare the region for an estimated 51% population growth within the next 25 years.

MPO Coordinator Karissa Lemon described the MTP as a wish list of projects that's updated every five years, while the Transportation Improvement Program plan covers the near-term.

Rob Taber

This season of Lost River Sessions Live wrapped up last month with a performance by Kentucky natives the Whiskey Bent Valley Boys and Willie Huston at the Capitol Arts Center in Bowling Green, KY.