Matt Markgraf

News Director

Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director since March 2016 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant.

Matt has led the management of the station's web site, online streaming and social media platforms. He's also developed promotional and marketing materials over the years. He enjoys writing, working with student journalists, traveling around the region, meeting listeners and learning new things every day.

He has a bachelor's degree in Theatre and a master's degree in Creative Writing from Murray State University. 

For 11 years, Matt volunteer hosted the electronic music program Weekend Energy Saturday nights, showcasing the genre's soulvul and diverse celebration of international culture. For fans of the show, he still maintains a Weekend Energy Spotify playlist.

He formerly coordinated and hosted the classical music program Carson Myre Youth Series. Matt has produced an assortment of interviews for Sounds Good and has led initiatives in the Youth Radio Project.

In his free time, he enjoys cooking international cuisine, discovering new music, reading science fiction and has recently taken to recording public domain audiobooks.

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Courtesy of Montgomery County Sheriff's Office

Police in Tennessee have seized 54 pounds of crystal meth in Clarksville worth nearly $2 million and two Hopkinsville, Kentucky, men are in custody.

Christian County Sheriff's Office, via Facebook

Update: Investigators have determined the victim is 29-year-old Desmond Lamar Leavell of Hopkinsville. 

Photo Provided (Susan Guess)

Murray State University's newly elected Regent Chair took to the website of her anti-bullying foundation to respond to an anonymous 'hate' letter that contains personal attacks and criticisms and suggested backlash should she seek the firing of President Bob Davies.

Kentucky State Police

Update: The teenage girl who was shot at a gathering in Livingston County on Saturday has died from her injuries. Kentucky State Police said 15-year-old Peyton Hurt of Boaz was pronounced deceased Sunday night at Baptist Health in Paducah. 

via Murray State University website

Outgoing Chair of Murray State University's Board of Regents Stephen Williams said the university is in "good hands" under the newly elected Board leadership. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The Murray State University Board of Regents approved on Friday the budget for 2018-19 fiscal year. Among other items, the board approved 2017-18 Academic Curriculum Changes and authorized moving forward with outsourcing dining services.

Courtesy of Paducah Police

Update: Paducah Police said in a Facebook update Friday night the man accused of killing his former roommate was found and arrested in a wooded area without incident. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

'Gender identity' is now part of Murray State University's nondiscrimination statement. The Board of Regents voted on Friday to approve the change for the university to be more inclusive and to protect federal contracts. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

A partnership between Murray State University and West Kentucky Community and Technical College is moving forward. The MSU Board of Regents approved on Friday ‘Accelerate U.’ 

ALEXANDER KORZH, 123rf stock photos

Murray State University is negotiating an agreement with an urgent care center in Murray to provide health services on campus. 

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