Charles Compton (KPR)

Kentucky Public Radio Correspondent

Charles Compton is a 30 year veteran of public radio, who has been news director at WEKU for five years, has won numerous awards for investigative journalism, soft features, science reporting, and newscasts from the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists and Public Radio News Directors, Inc.

As a student-reporter, he was at work at a public radio station in Cincinnati, Ohio when NPR introduced “Morning Editon” to the world. He has since reported for public radio stations in Alaska, Idaho and Washington State. However, much of his career has been in Kentucky where he has reported at four public radio stations.

In 1997, Charles helped launch Kentucky Public Radio’s story exchange, and chaired the KPR Editorial Board when it established a state house bureau in Frankfort.

charles.compton@eku.edu

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Education
2:26 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

EKU Plans Response To White Supremacist Flyer Posted In Classroom Buildings

Racist flyer found posted in classroom buildings at Eastern Kentucky University.
Credit Charles Compton / WEKU News

White supremacist flyers have circulated around the campus of Eastern Kentucky University that claim a “non-violent genocide” has been launched against so-called “white countries.”  

University spokesman Marc Whitt confirmed several flyers were posted in classroom buildings that serve police and firefighter trainees.  Whitt said an official investigation is underway.

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Education
2:27 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

EKU Gets Privately-Run Housing Complex

Student housing at Eastern Kentucky University is entering a new era.  Instead of state-funded dormitories, some EKU students will move into a privately-developed housing complex adjacent to campus.  The multi-floored ‘Grand Campus at Yorick Place’ sleeps 256 students.  Property Manager Taylor Armstead said the rooms are fully furnished.

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Jobs
4:27 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Kentucky Jobs Forecast Shows Labor Shortage

Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce did a nationwide forecast for job creation for 2010 to 2020, and found Kentucky should do pretty well.

Kentucky could expect 15 percent in overall job growth, from 1.8 million jobs in 2010 to 2.1 million in 2020. Researchers say these numbers depend on relative economic calm — basically no crippling depressions or recessions.

Within seven years, Kentucky will have a serious shortage in skilled labor. The report says nearly two-thirds of the state's workers will need something more than a high school diploma.   However, co-author Nicole Smith says the current workforce has just over half of the skills needed.

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Higher Education
4:05 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

EKU Presidential Price Tag Climbs 62%

The price for a president is going up at Eastern Kentucky University.  EKU’s new President will earn two-thirds more than its outgoing CEO.

The new president at Eastern Kentucky University will earn 400-thousand dollars a year…a big increase over what Dr. Michael Benson earned at Southern Utah University.  His job there as president  grossed over 281-thousand dollars a year. 

It’s also more than the $250-thousand paid to EKU’s current president, but a hundred thousand dollars less than the annual salary earned by the president at the University of Kentucky.  

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Higher Education
3:16 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

EKU Selects Michael Benson as Next President

After a two-hour, closed-door meeting, regents at Eastern Kentucky University today named a new president.  Dr. Michael Benson will leave the top job at Southern Utah University and take over at EKU.  Board of Regents Chairman Craig Turner is “delighted” with Benson’s selection.

“I think his even-keeled demeanor, as we put it, will be accepted very easily here on campus, and we think he’s got the leadership qualities that we’re looking for,” said Turner.

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Education
11:22 am
Tue March 19, 2013

EKU Cuts Spending, Regents Promote Early Retirements

While Eastern Kentucky University is working to cut spending by $23 million, its Board of Regents will promote early retirements to before instituting layoffs. Chairman Craig Turner says a plan the regents approved Tuesday morning offers incentives to professors willing to work part-time and staff members who qualify for early retirement.

“The objective here again is to treat everybody as fairly as possible, providing incentives for them to potentially retire, and based upon those numbers, then that will determine how deep cuts go on the reduction plan itself,” Turner said.

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Politics
3:45 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Stumbo Says Hemp Bill Could Live On

Credit Barbetorte, Wikimedia Commons

A measure to regulate hemp farming in Kentucky might not be dead yet. House Speaker Greg Stumbo said repair work’s underway on the bill, which has stalled in the House. Still, the Lexington Herald Leader reports Stumbo did not commit to a House vote on the measure.

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Education
9:48 am
Wed August 15, 2012

EKU President Announces Retirement

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During a meeting this morning of faculty and staff at Eastern Kentucky University, President Doug Whitlock announced his retirement.  Whitlock, who's spent his higher education career at EKU, says his administration will end at the conclusion of this academic year. 

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Society
3:00 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Christian Appalachian Project founder passes away

The Roman Catholic missionary who founded the Christian Appalachian Project passed away early this past Thursday.  Since World War Two, Monsignor Ralph Beiting served the people of eastern Kentucky through a series of social service programs.  Kentucky Public Radio’s Charles Compton knew Monsignor Beiting, and brings us this appreciation.

Environment
4:06 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

New Pest Threatens Kentucky Hardwood Stands

Wikimedia Commons

A new pest threatens Kentucky’s hardwood trees.  This one is called the Asian Longhorned Beetle and has destroyed tens of thousands of trees in the northeastern United States, Ohio and Illinois.

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