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.


11:37 am
Tue June 5, 2012

ITGA Conference Bridges Students and Community

In college towns, locals are often in conflict with school officials and students.  An organization dedicated to eliminating such conflict holds its annual conference this week in Richmond.  

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Election 2012
9:14 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Few competitive primary races means poor voter turnout in Kentucky

An empty polling station at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY.
Charles Compton WEKU News

With relatively few competitive races on yesterday’s ballot, the vast majority of Kentuckians opted out of the political process.  A record number are registered to vote, but, Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes set turnout Tuesday at an estimated 11%.

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4:18 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Keeneland Breaks Records

Jason Phillips wikimedia commons

Records in both overall and single day attendance were broken this spring at Keeneland Race Course.   Over 40,000 people visited the Lexington facility on April 14th for the Bluegrass Stakes.  In total, spokeswoman Amy Gregory says over 269,000 people were in the stands during the 15-day meet.

“We’ve actually been very blessed with some terrific weather this spring.  And, we’ve had just some fantastic racing, the support of our horsemen has been wonderful.”

Health and Welfare
3:28 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Rand Paul Says the Country Needs Healthcare Reform

LRC Public Information

It’s not the kind of reform favored by the Obama Administration, but, Kentucky’s junior Senator Rand Paul says health care reform should continue. If the US Supreme Court overturns health care laws enacted a few years ago, Paul says Congress gets a re-do. And he says with Republicans controlling the House of Representatives, the country would get a better set of reforms. 

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Kentucky Music Hall of Fame
3:30 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

New Class of Musicians Inducted into Kentucky's Hall of Fame

The Kentucky Headhunters and Exile are among the new class of Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum inductees announced Tuesday in Lexington. Seven native Kentucky artists will be inducted next year. The Kentucky Headhunters, with roots in the western Kentucky community of Edmonton, shot to fame in the 1980s with hits like Dumas Walker and are still recording and performing.

Exile was formed in the early 1970s in Richmond as the Exiles, and topped the pop charts with the ballad Kiss You All Over;  the group has since found more success in the country genre.

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Kentucky Tornadoes
1:13 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Tornadoes in Kentucky Could Fuel Community "Re-Invention"

Kentuckians are just beginning the gauge the economic cost of the weekend’s disaster.  A more complete picture will become apparent once damage assessments are complete.  However, there are economic trends that follow a tornado.  For example, economist Kevin Timmons says full recovery is likely. In fact, Timmons says some communities re-invent themselves after devastating weather.  He spoke with reporter Charles Compton.

Kevin Timmons is a professor of economics at Austin College in Texas. He’s co-author of “The Economic and Societal Impact of Tornadoes” and “Deadly Season.”