Matt Markgraf

Interim News Director, Host of Weekend Energy

Matt "McG" Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He has a bachelor's degree in Theatre and a master's degree in Creative Writing from Murray State University. At WKMS, he's led the management of the web site, online streaming and social media platforms. He's also developed promotional and marketing materials over the years. Matt hosts the electronic music show Weekend Energy Saturday nights and formerly coordinated and hosted the classical music program Carson Myre Youth Series. He produces an assortment of interviews for Sounds Good and has led initiatives in the Youth Radio Project. He also enjoys cooking international cuisine, discovering new music and obscure science fiction movies.

In March 2011, he was hired full-time as New Media & Promotions Coordinator. In March 2016, he was named Interim News Director.

Kentucky Associated Press Awards 2011

1st Place - Best Website - www.wkms.org

Kentucky Associated Press Awards 2010

2nd Place - Best Website - www.wkms.org

Kentucky Associated Press Awards 2009

2nd Place - Best Website - www.wkms.org

Kentucky Associated Press Awards 2008

2nd Place - Best Website - www.wkms.org

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Kentucky unemployment rates are on the rise. According to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training and Kentucky Labor Market Information between March 2015 and March 2016 rates rose in 65 counties, fell in 37 and stayed the same in 18.

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The chief district engineer for Kentucky Transportation District 2 is retiring at the end of this month. Kevin McClearn is a 23-year veteran of the cabinet and was promoted to CDE in 2009. 

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Governor Matt Bevin has appointed a former U.S. marshal to aid an investigation into what he says are potential illegal practices of former Governor Steve Beshear. Bevin appointed Kenneth F. Bohac as the inspector general for the Finance Cabinet. 

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Republican Governor Matt Bevin has agreed to not spend nearly $18 million in public money until after a judge decides whether he has the authority to spend it. Bevin has cut spending for state colleges and universities by about $18 million for the final three months of the fiscal year. 

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Seeking "a fresh start" Governor Matt Bevin is removing the chairman of the Kentucky Retirement Systems board of trustees. Bevin issued the executive order saying the board was opposed to transparency under the existing leadership. 

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Murray State University has a large and diverse population of international students from more than 60 countries. In our ongoing Sounds Good series meeting some of them, Matt Markgraf speaks with Maftuna Tojiboeva, a graduate student from Uzbekistan studying for a degree in public administration in the political science and sociology department. They discuss her hometown, learning English, Uzbek food and cultural history and her dreams of studying abroad from a young age. 

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A federal appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis filed against the state for requiring her to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples that included her name. 

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Republican Governor Matt Bevin has restored some state funding to public colleges and universities. 

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College and university faculty and staff in Tennessee may soon be able to arm themselves with handguns on campuses. The Tennessee state Senate passed the measure Tuesday 28 to 5. 

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The Tennessee General Assembly has passed legislation that would allow Tennesseans to register to vote online.

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