Kevin Willis

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.



A motorcycle ride this week in Hardin County is putting the spotlight on sexual assault awareness and prevention.

The U.S. Army Human Resources Command at Fort Knox is holding its annual “Raise the Bars Motorcycle Ride” Thursday.

Participants will start at Fort Knox and ride to “Silverleaf Sexual Trauma Recovery Services” in Elizabethtown.

James Frye is a victims advocate for the Army Human Resources Command.

A popular TV cooking competition is coming to the commonwealth.

Bravo has announced that its next season of “Top Chef” will be filmed in Kentucky.

The show will focus on locations in Louisville, Lexington, and the Lake Cumberland region.

Bravo says filming will begin this spring, with the season airing later this year.

The network is still accepting applications from chefs to compete on the program.

Interested in showing off your culinary chops? Here is a link to the application.

Mary Meehan

In this season of giving, one study finds that Kentucky has some room for improvement.

The personal finance website Wallet Hub ranks the commonwealth 41st in the nation overall for charitable giving.

The study used data from a Gallup survey to measure Kentuckians’ percentage of income given to charities and the number of hours spent volunteering. Wallet Hub Analyst Jill Gonzales says Kentuckians appear more willing to open up their wallets than their schedules.


Marine Corps Reserve Private First Class Albert Strange was 18 when he died in the Pacific Theatre in 1943. The native of Mammoth Cave was among the approximately 1,000 U.S. casualties from the Battle of Tarawa on the Gilbert Islands. Representatives from the Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency traveled to the battle scene in May to conduct excavations in hopes of finding unidentified remains.

State legislators say a special session to discuss Kentucky’s ailing pension system probably won’t happen this year. 

Gov. Matt Bevin suggested a special session to address the state’s pension in November. It’s currently one of the most underfunded systems in the nation. But in a WEKU news special Tuesday, Democratic State Senator Morgan McGarvey said a special session now would waste taxpayer dollars. 

Republican Representative. Jerry Miller, also a guest on the show, agreed. 


A former player and head coach at Western Kentucky University will soon be in charge of one of the most prestigious football programs in the country.

Willie Taggart is being introduced as the next head coach at Florida State University at a news conference Wednesday.

The 41-year-old Taggart just completed his first season as head coach at Oregon, where he went 7 and 5.

Taggart grew up in Palmetto, Florida, and was a four-year starting quarterback at WKU.

He went on to become WKU’s head coach from 2010 to 2012.

The latest edition of the Chevrolet Corvette has debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The Corvette is manufactured at the General Motors assembly plant in Bowling Green. The latest version of the iconic car to be produced in southern Kentucky is the Corvette Z-R-1.

Kentucky is launching a new initiative that will provide more students with computer science education classes from elementary to high school.

Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt announced the plan Tuesday at Glasgow High School. The initiative will develop state-based computer science standards, and create professional development opportunities to encourage teachers to attain computer science credentials.

Commissioner Pruitt thinks computer science learning opportunities need to be available to all Kentucky students.

An Owensboro man is leading an effort to move a Confederate statue off the Daviess County Courthouse lawn.

Kentucky’s Secretary of State is again refusing a request to provide state voter information to a federal committee.

In a statement released by her office, Alison Lundergan Grimes said she was declining for a second time the request from her Kansas counterpart, Kris Kobach, who is the head of the Committee on Election Integrity created by President Trump.

The commission was formed after the president claimed millions of people cast illegal ballots in last year’s election. No evidence exists to support the claim.

  The Kentucky School Boards Association says its members will be watching with interest as charter schools open their doors as early as this fall. A bill signed into law by Governor Bevin this year will allow charter schools in the commonwealth for the first time.

Kentucky’s Second District Congressman thinks lawmakers will need to have a greater say in any future U.S. military action in Syria.

Bowling Green Republican Brett Guthrie said it remains to be seen if the Syrian regime will change its behavior after last week’s U.S. missile attack on an airfield. His comments come as questions are raised over the role Congress should play in approving the kinds of strikes carried out

“And I actually do think the president had the authority to do what he did the other day, but I think if we’re going to engage and move forward, it needs to have Congressional authorization,” Rep. Guthrie said. “I said that when President Obama was president, and I’ll say it now.”