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 / Ohio Valley ReSource

The acres devoted to growing hops doubled in the U.S. in just the last five years and the trade group Hop Growers of America estimates that 95 percent of that market belongs to farmers along the West Coast. But the craft beer craze is changing the direction for hop farms by generating demand for more locally sourced ingredients, and Ohio Valley farmers like Wes Cole want in on the action.

U.S. Dept. of Energy

Coal and natural gas may dominate the Ohio Valley’s energy but the region also has a long history with nuclear power. Some Kentucky officials hope a new law might help the struggling industry get back some of its old glow.

Nicole Erwin, WKMS

It took ten years for the Kentucky legislature to pass Senate Bill 11, known as the “Leeper Act,” lifting a moratorium on the nuclear industry. But state leaders say it could take another decade before there is nuclear energy development in the commonwealth. Governor Matt Bevin and area lawmakers gathered in Paducah on Wednesday after for a ceremonial signing of the bill.  

Nicole Erwin

  Nineteen-year-old Kayla Harrington and 18-year-old Maybry Green of Benton want to inspire others their age to get involved in the political process. The two young women were among 200 Kentucky Democratic members, Thursday night, at the annual Purchase Area Jefferson Jackson Day Dinner. They, along others at the event, want  to learn how to captivate a “resurgence in energy” they see in their party.

Nicole Erwin, WKMS

  What started as a single stage at the historic Market House Theatre in downtown Paducah is growing to ten historic locations, in an attempt to create a campus for arts education and building preservation.

Courtesy Jeanna Glisson, cropped

Farms can be peaceful but they are also among the most dangerous places to work. In a five year period more than 170 people were killed in agriculture-related accidents in the Ohio Valley region. Yet safety regulators are often limited in what they can do on farms. Nicole Erwin of the Ohio Valley ReSource reports on efforts to reduce the growing hazards.

Kentucky Department of Energy and Environment

  The development of a new underground coal mine in McLean County could bring at least 170 full time jobs to the area. County Judge Executive Kelly Thurman says Hartshorne Mining is only days away from making a formal announcement.

  A limited number of recycled tire asphalt project grants are now available to counties that wish to test the durability of the material in future paving projects. The Energy and Environment announced today that the second round of grant funding can be used for either chip seal or thin asphalt overlay pavement projects.

City of Paducah

 The City of Paducah is taking the first step in a $32.5 million restoration effort to upgrade the city’s flood wall.

Northeastern State University

  Murray State University has selected Dr. Mark Arant to serve as its next Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.