Nicole Erwin

Multimedia Journalist (for Ohio Valley ReSource, WKMS)

Nicole Erwin is a Murray native and started working at WKMS during her time at Murray State University as a Psychology undergraduate student. Nicole left her job as a PTL dispatcher to join the newsroom after she was hired by former News Director Bryan Bartlett. Since, Nicole has completed a Masters in Sustainable Development from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia where she lived for 2 1/2 years.

Nicole also worked in South Korea as a journalist where she anchored the local English TV news, hosted a national radio show and freelanced with the Jeju Weekly. She is an avid traveler with more than 25 countries under her belt and finds beauty in the environment and the stories within it.

Nicole Erwin, WKMS

  A German professor has finished swimming the entire Tennessee River for science - water quality science.  The endurance swimmer and scientist Dr. Andreas Fath wrapped up 652 miles Tuesday afternoon at Paducah’s riverfront.

Nicole Erwin, WKMS

At an ancient Native American site near the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, gather several members of the Chickasaw Nation for a weekend of music and dancing as thousands come to the region to witness the solar eclipse. Nicole Erwin has more from a gathering on what was once Chickasaw homeland. 

Nicole Erwin, Ohio Valley ReSource

  In the rich land of Christian County, wheat is milled for McDonald’s biscuits, corn is turned into ethanol, and grazing cows support the state’s leading dairy. This is Kentucky’s breadbasket, and a river runs through it: the South Fork of Little River.

Evelyn Simak, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Hemp is deeply rooted in Kentucky's history. The commonwealth was once the leading producer of hemp in the United States. The industry faded over time and has been stifled by federal classifications and confusion. Now, two Kentucky congressmen, with support from Kentucky's senators, are looking to lift federal restrictions on the crop. But, as hemp is poised for progress, industry uncertainties remain.

July 2017 UK Economic and Policy Update

  Hot temperatures in California and Arizona could heat up sales for some Kentucky fruit farmers. USDA market reports show cantaloupe continues to rise in price as 120 degree temperatures throughout the west coast affect both cantaloupe and peach harvesting. Alex Butler with the University of Kentucky Department of Agriculture Economics said this is a potential opportunity to capitalize on a market supply shortage.

James Comer, Twitter

 Kentucky’s First District Congressman, James Comer, is making good on a promise to file legislation to reclassify industrial hemp from a controlled substance to an agriculture crop.

Nicole Erwin, WKMS

An environmental group’s new report shows a broad range of contaminants occur in many drinking water systems in the Ohio Valley, even though the water meets federal requirements. The research highlights the gap between what regulations require and what many scientists and health advocates recommend for safe drinking water.

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife

  A $1.2 billion dollar industry dependent on native fish in the Kentucky and Barkley Lakes is under threat. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife and state Tourism, Arts and Heritage Council blame an invasive fish - the Asian Carp. Officials are looking to create a commercial fishing industry to cull the carp from state waters.

Nicole Erwin, WKMS

  Monsanto, the Kentucky Farm Bureau and a hemp oil company from California joined some 70 vendors along the banks of the Mississippi River in Ballard County Thursday for the first “River Counties Ag Day.”