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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Less than 30 percent of Kentucky adults would pass a test based on questions in the U.S. citizenship test.

In fact, a new survey shows a majority of adults in 49 states would fail the test.

The survey conducted by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation asked 41,000 U.S. adults 20 history-specific questions taken from the citizenship exam practice tests.

Questions include naming the U.S. President during World War One (Woodrow Wilson), and naming three of the original states.

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A new public health awareness campaign is underway in Kentucky aimed at educating physicians and the public about the dangers of overprescribing antibiotics. 

Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show Kentucky has the highest rate of antibiotic use in the U.S. Bethany Wattles is with the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, and is part of the new campaign called Kentucky Antibiotic Awareness (KAA).

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The Office of the Kentucky Attorney General is again receiving widespread reports of a scam involving so-called “suspended” Social Security numbers.

The calls appear to come from a real phone number with the Social Security Administration.

The robocall claims the victim’s Social Security number has been suspended because of suspicious activity, and to use the number again the victim must verify it, along with other personal information.

 


Lukas Beck

One of the most famous vocal performance groups in the world is coming to Warren County.

The Vienna Boys Choir is performing Tuesday night at the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center in Bowling Green. It’s one of the 32 southern and midwestern towns the group is visiting during its 2019 North American tour.

The group consists of singers from more than 30 countries.


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The Western Kentucky University Board of Regents has approved a 2 percent tuition increase for the 2019-20 academic year.

The move means tuition for in-state undergraduate students will increase $100, to $5,401 per semester.

The decision at Friday’s meeting follows a 4 percent tuition hike for the current academic year that began last fall.

WKU President Tim Caboni said the school understands students are being asked to shoulder an increasing financial burden when it comes to their education.

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Bowling Green resident Carl Coffey has lived with a speech disorder that affects an estimated 3 million Americans: stuttering.

But he said people are often surprised to learn he’s been impacted by the disorder.

“And to some people who might be listening, they might say, “Oh, I don’t hear you stutter.’ I’m what most people would classify as a ‘covert stutterer’, or have been for most of my life.”

Coffey is head of the Bowling Green chapter of the National Stuttering Associaton. The group meets on the third Thursday of every month in room 118 of the Academic Complex at WKU from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.


WKU Housing and Residence Life

Western Kentucky University students have an opportunity to learn more about their housing options—both on campus and off—during the school’s first-ever Housing Fair on Tuesday.

Representatives from WKU Housing and Residence Life and Bowling Green apartment complexes will meet with students to discuss issues including local utility rates, negotiating a lease, and the benefits of being close to campus. The fair is sponsored by the College Heights Herald

Andrew Lee, a WKU senior from Owensboro and Advertising Manager at WKU Student Publications, said students face a big decision in whether to stay on campus, or live in one of a growing number of apartment complexes around town.

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A Taylor County Republican in the Kentucky House has filed a bill creating scholarship tax credits designed to help low-income families afford non-public school education for their children.

Such proposals have been criticized in the past as unfair state support for private schools.

House Bill 205, filed by Campbellsville Representative Bam Carney, creates a mechanism to increase private donations for scholarships to be used at private schools.

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A number of towns and counties in our region have adopted needle exchange programs in recent years as a way to combat rising levels of H.I.V and hepatitis C.

Barren County, Kentucky, began its needle exchange program in March, and has so far received more than 1,300 dirty needles from intravenous drug users.

Stephanie Dickerson has seen the Barren County needle exchange progress from being an idea met with skepticism to a reality. She works in health education at the Barren River District Health Department, and is based in Barren County. She helped the department’s director and epidemiologist lobby Barren County and Glasgow city governments to approve a needle exchange.


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U.S. Senator Rand Paul said he’s open to the idea of a compromise over President Trump’s demand for more than $5 billion for his promised wall along the Mexican border.

“I keep thinking maybe splitting the difference might work, that the Democrats’ position is no money at all for the wall. Trump’s position is $5 billion. Really, there probably is some kind of splitting the difference,” the Bowling Green Republican said Wednesday afternoon.

However, the New York Times reports the President Wednesday rejected the idea of a $2.5 billion dollar compromise on new border security funding.

WKU Public Radio

This entry contains two live newscasts that aired on WKYU in 2018.

The first is anchored by our afternoon news host, Barbara Deeb, and aired Dec. 28, 2018. The second is anchored by our morning host, Colin Jackson, and aired Nov. 8, 2018.

Thank you for your consideration of this entry in the radio category of Short Newscast.

This audio file features a composite of some of the best work produced in 2018 by Rhonda Miller of WKYU.

Thank you for considering this entry in the category of Radio Reporter for the 2018 Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters Contest.


This audio file features a composite of some of the best work produced in 2018 by Lisa Autry of WKYU.

Thank you for considering this entry in the category of Radio Reporter for the 2018 Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters Contest.


Kevin Willis

Kentucky’s signature spirit has never been more popular here in the U.S., or overseas.

But bourbon is facing the realities of an ongoing trade war between the Trump Administration, China, the European Union, Canada, and others.

As 2019 nears, Kentucky’s whiskey producers are bracing for the impact tariffs could have on their international sales.


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Western Kentucky University appears to be on the verge of hiring a new football coach, just days after firing second-year coach Mike Sanford.

University of Tennessee offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tyson Helton has reportedly reached an agreement to become the next Hilltopper head coach.

ESPN cited unnamed sources in reporting the news.

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