John Walker

News Reporter

John Walker is native of Jessamine County, Kentucky and a recent graduate of Murray State University's Journalism program. His roots are in far eastern Kentucky, but he was raised in Kentucky's famous Bluegrass region. Now he resides in far western Kentucky just as a way to experience all that is the Commonwealth. His initial plan was to pursue a newspaper career, but he quickly found a calling to radio. His interests include anthropology, folklore, politics and the environment. He loves to listen to Old Time and Mountain music as well as Traditional Celtic and Jazz. If you need to find him he is probably taking a nap in Murray State's quad or taking a stroll through the arboretum.

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Sports
7:24 am
Mon December 23, 2013

UT-Martin Hires New Athletic Director

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The University of Tennessee At Martin has new athletic leadership. Julio Freire, most recently senior associate athletics director for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has been named athletics director for the UT- Martin.

An advisory search committee chose from among four finalists and recommended Freire for the position to Dr. Tom Rakes, university chancellor.

Freire will succeed Phil Dane, who will retire as the university’s athletics director effective at the end of this year.

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Morning Cram
7:53 am
Fri December 20, 2013

The Morning Cram [more guns less funds edition]

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From NPR: The budget bill awaiting President Obama's signature would trim a lot of programs including the pensions of military officers. The pension cuts would save the government more than $6 million over a decade. Steve Inskeep talks to Politico reporter Juana Summers about how much the country spends on military personnel.

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Government
6:47 am
Fri December 20, 2013

KY Supreme Court Rules On Behalf Of Privacy In Hopkinsville New Era Case

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The Kentucky Supreme Court unanimously backed a ruling in favor of the Hopkinsville Police Department yesterday.

The justices concluded the state’s open records act should allow public oversight of government agencies, but not for agencies to distribute private information.

The ruling allows the HPD to withhold the personal information of victims, witnesses and uncharged suspects of crimes, including juveniles.

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Education
6:44 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Waldrop Announces Retirement From McCracken County Schools

McCracken County Superintendent Nancy Waldrop says she will not accept another contract with the district.

In an email yesterday Waldrop said during her time at McCracken County schools she has been able to keep a successful district with decreasing funds and no new taxes.

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Morning Cram
7:32 am
Thu December 19, 2013

The Morning Cram [behind every good writer edition]

From NPR: Vince Gilligan created the groundbreaking TV show Breaking Bad, which recently finished its final season. t earned critical raves and rabid fans — and made us wonder about the pop-culture influences on the man behind it. So NPR's Steve Inskeep talked to Gilligan about what he's watching on television when he's not too busy making it.

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Morning Cram
6:32 am
Wed December 18, 2013

The Morning Cram [loudest fans edition]

From NPR: The Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs aren't scheduled to play each other during this NFL season — unless both happen to make it to the Super Bowl. But the two cities are in competition with each other over the title of having the world's loudest outdoor stadium.

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Government
7:11 am
Tue December 17, 2013

The Morning Cram [raised beds edition]

From NPR: Across the country, a new model of housing development is springing up that embraces the local food movement. Farms — complete with livestock, vegetables and fruit trees — are now serving as the latest suburban amenity.

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Morning Cram
7:00 am
Mon December 16, 2013

The Morning Cram [hop hoppy hoppiest edition]

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From NPR: Boulevard Brewing has become a Kansas City staple since its founding in the 1980s. It has many loyal local fans — and soon, a new international owner, Duvel. The deal says a lot about how the world now values a product made with a firm sense of place.

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Morning Cram
7:46 am
Fri December 13, 2013

The Morning Cram [football field to battlefield edition]

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From NPR: The players that year faced a sobering new reality: The nation was at war and they'd soon leave the football field behind for the battlefield. In All American, author Steve Eubanks recalls that game through the eyes of two players — Army quarterback Chad Jenkins and Navy linebacker Brian Stann.

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Morning Cram
7:40 am
Thu December 12, 2013

The Morning Cram [walt’s dream edition]

From NPR: Nearly a century after it was founded by Walt Disney, the studio is still producing magical cartoons. NPR's Renee Montagne talks about history and the future with John Lasseter — the chief creative officer of both Disney and Pixar Animation Studios.

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