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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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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Morning Cram
7:30 am
Wed December 11, 2013

The Morning Cram [paying the piper edition]

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From NPR: Once the Cold War ended, much of Russia's surplus uranium from thousands of decommissioned weapons wound up in crumbling military facilities. In 1993, the U.S. Department of Energy made a deal to have the material converted to fuel for U.S. power plants. The last shipment arrives today.

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Education
7:23 am
Wed December 11, 2013

UT-Martin Gets SACS Reaccreditation

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The Southern Association for Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges reaffirmed the University of Tennessee at Martin for accreditation yesterday.

The action was announced during the annual SACS Commission on Colleges meeting in Atlanta. UT-Martin Chancellor Tom Rakes was among several university officials who attended the meeting.

The announcement Tuesday follows a SACS team visit to UT-Martin in February as part of the university’s 10-year review.

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Morning Cram
7:52 am
Tue December 10, 2013

The Morning Cram [relying on the bench edition]

From NPR: BP is challenging hundreds of millions of dollars in claims that were filed after the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, saying some have no connection to the spill. But legal experts say the claims don't have to be spill-related and BP is relying on a friendly court to limit how much it will pay.

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Morning Cram
7:17 am
Mon December 9, 2013

The Morning Cram [inside the insider edition]

From NPR: While the latest Coen brothers movie, Inside Llewyn Davis, isn't a biopic, it is inspired by the life of a real person: the late Dave Van Ronk. He was a folk and blues singer and a central figure in the folk revival of the early 1960s. NPR's Joel Rose has the story of the musician, who was known for his avuncular presence on the Greenwich Village scene.

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Morning Cram
9:20 am
Fri December 6, 2013

The Morning Cram [import export edition]

From NPR: There is a giant book that creates and destroys industries. The book lists the tax that importers have to pay on approximately every single thing in the universe — and raises a key question about the Planet Money T-shirt.

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Morning Cram
7:24 am
Thu December 5, 2013

The Morning Cram [take this resume edition]

From NPR: Having trouble wrapping your head around southern Europe's staggering unemployment problem? This week, Ikea advertised for 400 jobs in a new megastore on Spain's Mediterranean coast. It got more than 20,000 online applicants in 48 hours, before the retailer's computer servers crashed

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Sports
7:17 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Racers Trump Aces 65-63

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The Murray State Racers came away with their fifth straight win over the Evansville Purple Aces 65-63 last night. The Racers next game will be against the Libscomb University Bisons this Saturday in the CFSB center at 3 p.m.

Morning Cram
7:53 am
Wed December 4, 2013

The Morning Cram [cats and copywriters edition]

From NPR: BuzzFeed's digital traffic is stratospheric, driven largely by animated GIFs and lists, like the 10 most life-affirming dog rescue stories. But the social media outfit is in the process of building up a team of journalists to offer original news reporting, raising questions of just what it intends to be.

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