Todd Hatton

News Reporter and Host of Morning Edition

Todd Hatton hails from Paducah, Kentucky, where he got into radio under the auspices of the late, great John Stewart of WKYX while a student at Paducah Community College. He also worked at WKMS in the reel-to-reel tape days of the early 1990s before running off first to San Francisco, then Orlando in search of something to do when he grew up. He received his MFA in Creative Writing at Murray State University. He vigorously resists adulthood and watches his wife, Angela Hatton, save the world one plastic bottle at a time.

Kentucky Associated Press Awards 2011

2nd Place - Best Enterprise/Investigative Reporting - "Difficulty with BP Boycott"

Kentucky Associated Press Awards 2010

1st Place - Best Light News - Market House Theatre Ghost Walk

Kentucky Associated Press Awards 2009

2nd Place - Best Use of Sound - Hidden Kitchens

Hon.Men. - Best Light News Feature - Aft. Super Tuesday Storms

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Society
12:05 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

WKMS Documentary "I Am John Scopes" Debuts Friday at Noon

John T. Scopes in 1925.
(Photo courtesy of John Scopes, Jr.)

What makes a person voluntarily step into the middle of one of the most controversial and contentious issues of modern times? And what makes them voluntarily step back out?

Western Kentucky native John Thomas Scopes volunteered to be the defendant in a much-ballyhooed trial testing a law he opposed, a law banning the teaching of human evolution in Tennessee. He stood on principle in an intense spotlight... and when the trial was over, he stepped back out, determined to live his own life. But, history was not finished with him just yet.

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Environment
5:15 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Puppies Sound Good: Meet Hansel!

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Today we meet Hansel, a happy, energetic shih tzu/pug mix available for adoption at the Humane Society of Calloway County. He seemed to be smiling the entire time he was at WKMS and enjoyed all of the attention. Kathy Hodge of the Humane Society says he was found running around with a pack of dogs when he was brought in, with matted fur and underweight. He's recovered well, only barks when significant and sits for treats. Hansel seems like a good fit for a young family with lots of energy. In the interview, Hodge also talks about how to volunteer from fostering to driving dogs to rescues and a remarkable story about a poor beagle.

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Education
4:53 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Former Kentucky State Senator Rhoads Joins MSU Regents

Credit jerryrhoads.org

  Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has appointed former Madisonville state Sen. Jerry Rhoads to Murray State University's Board of Regents.

Rhoads replaces outgoing board member Constantine Curris, whose term expires this year.

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Government
11:22 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Conway: Davis Statue in Kentucky Capitol Belongs in a Museum

Credit Gage Skidmore, Flickr (Creative Commons License)

  Kentucky Attorney General and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway says the Jefferson Davis statue in the Capitol rotunda belongs elsewhere, and he’ll urge the agency that oversees the state’s historic properties to move it.  

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News
10:24 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Trooper Killed On Duty in Wreck Near Grand Rivers

Trooper Eric Chrisman
Credit Kentucky State Police

A recently-graduated Kentucky state trooper was killed Tuesday evening in a two-vehicle wreck near Grand Rivers.  23-year-old Trooper Eric Chrisman of Lawrenceburg was responding to a reckless driving complaint on US 62 approximately two miles west of Grand Rivers when he lost control of his vehicle, crossed into the other lane, and hit a tractor-trailer truck.  Chrisman was pronounced dead at the scene.  The other driver was treated at Marshall County Hospital and released. 

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Economy
9:04 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Paducah Riverfront Hotel Plans Announced

Lance Dennee

Paducah officials have announced a contract with Owensboro-based LinGate Hospitality to build a new hotel on the city's riverfront. 

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Government
3:52 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

NPR's Nina Totenberg Explains Supreme Court Challenge to Kentucky Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Credit Steve Barrett/NPR

  

  The U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule soon on a challenge to Kentucky’s and three other states’ gay marriage bans.  The outcome is expected to settle the national issue of gay marriage.  

NPR’s Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg has been following the issue as it moves through the court system.

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Education
3:33 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Dr. Tim Todd Tapped as Interim MSU Provost

Credit Raceralumni.com

    

Following Murray State Provost Dr. Jay Morgan’s appointment to a position with the Council on Postsecondary Education, MSU President Dr. Bob Davies has tapped Dr. Tim Todd to replace Morgan on an interim basis, beginning July 1st. 

Dr. Todd joined the Murray State faculty in 1995, rising to Assistant Provost in 1998 and Associate Provost in 2002.  Since 2006, Todd has served as dean of MSU’s Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business. 

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Sports
11:07 am
Fri May 22, 2015

MSU’s Payne Named OVC Male Athlete Of The Year

MSU Sophomore Point Guard Cameron Payne
Credit ovcsports.com

Murray State point guard Cameron Payne has been named the 2014-2015 Ohio Valley Conference Male Athlete of the Year.  The sophomore was chosen in voting by OVC athletics directors and sports information directors. Payne is the ninth Murray State student athlete to win the honor since 1980 and the first since Isaiah Canaan was named in 2012. 

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Environment
3:07 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Kentucky Students Push for State Clean Energy Bill

Credit David Monniaux, Wikimedia Commons

The Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition is touring the Commonwealth to promote passage of proposed state House Bill 229, also known as the Clean Energy Opportunity Act.  KSEC representatives, along with State Senator Reggie Thomas, met Thursday at Murray State University with representatives from the Tennessee Valley Authority and members of the region’s renewable energy industry.  

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