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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Government
11:24 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Kentucky Retirement System's Secret Investments

About 340,000 state, city, & county workers and retirees are part of the Kentucky Retirement Systems.  The KRS is responsible for $15.7 billion of pension-holder money and is one of the more under-performing pension funds in the U.S.  

It has a $17.6 billion shortfall as of mid-2013.  It's also one of the least transparent.  State law exempts KRS investments from open records laws, so if you're one of the 340,000 who wants to know where your money's going, you're out of luck.  

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Environment
8:03 am
Wed July 23, 2014

DOE Awards Fluor $420M Contract for Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant Decommission and Decontamination

Credit usec.gov

Federal, state and local officials are praising the U.S. Department of Energy’s awarding a three-year $420 million clean-up contract to Fluor Federal Services, for decommissioning and decontamination of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

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Business
6:28 am
Wed July 23, 2014

[Slideshow: Afternoon Photos Added] Early Morning Fire on Murray Court Square

Firefighters work to contain the fire from 5th Street
Troy Taylor

(Click on the above photo to see the slideshow. More photos on our Facebook page)

UPDATE - 7/24/14 11:30 AM -- Murray firefighters remain on the scene since they are concerned about the possibility of small rekindling flames. The fire department is continuing to investigate the start of the fire, which they believe began at Wilson's Florist. Roads surrounding the damaged buildings remain closed.

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Sounds Good Special
2:38 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

A Short History of Apple Corps 'Sounds Good'

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Tune in to Sounds Good Thursday, July 24 as guest host Todd Hatton takes us back to the 1960s for a look at Apple Corps. The label, founded by the Beatles, was a launching pad for artists like James Taylor and Badfinger as well as a source for the Fab Four's classic solo work. We'll prepare crisp facts and some sweet tunes in this music documentary.

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Politics
12:23 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

McConnell Discusses Issues and Agendas at Murray Town Meeting

Senator McConnell speak with Murray constituents.
Credit WKMS

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell offered insights during a visit to Murray this morning into what he would do if he becomes majority leader in a Republican Senate in 2015.  McConnell told attendees at the Robert O. Miller Conference Center what he’d need to get done first.  "Repair the institution," he said, "there's been a lot of institutional damage done to the Senate in the last few years.  And that's in the best interest, in my view, of both parties, and the country."

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Business
9:41 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Significant Inactive Facility at PGDP Site Demolished

A panoramic view of the east end of the C-410 complex shows a rainbow forming as sunlight passes through vapor from misting machines used to suppress dust.
Credit Energy.gov

Workers at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant are demolishing the last of 32 inactive facilities scheduled for removal as part of cleanup at the PGDP site.  The U.S. Department of Energy reports the C-410 Feed Plant will be razed to a slab by this fall, ridding the site of a structure contaminated with asbestos and the low-level radioactive compound uranium hexafluoride, or UF-6.

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Culture
12:46 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Tonight: BBC Films Paducah Square Dance For Doc

Tonight, a BBC film crew will be in Paducah to shoot part of a documentary about Southern music. Specifically, they'll be visiting a square dance, and it just so happens that the person who organized the BBC's visit is the one person to talk to if you want to know anything about Southern music or Southern culture: Dirt Daubers and Shack Shakers frontman J.D. Wilkes. Todd Hatton speaks with the musician, author, and filmmaker about how he got the BBC's attention.

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Education
12:30 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

MSU’s Bolin Elected to Humanities Council Board

MSU History Professor Dr. James Duane Bolin
Credit Murray State University

Murray State history professor Dr. James Duane Bolin has been elected to the Kentucky Humanities Council Board of Directors.  He will serve one three-year term with the option of a second.  The KHC is an independent, nonprofit organization affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities. It promotes Kentucky’s culture, heritage, arts and tourism. 

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Government
11:57 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Drinking Water Week: Ways to Conserve Water

Credit Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection

Next week is the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act, and it’s Drinking Water Week in Kentucky.  The state Energy and Environment Cabinet is marking the occasion by offering residents ways to conserve water inside and outside their homes. 

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History
11:50 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Listen to "Irvin S. Cobb: Back Home" A WKMS News Documentary

A hand-colored postcard of Cobb's birthplace on 3rd St. in Paducah.
From the collection of Todd Hatton

Irvin S. Cobb: Back Home is the latest entry in WKMS' award-winning series of documentaries that tell the stories of our Four Rivers region.  It originally aired March 30th, 2014, marking the 70th anniversary of the passing of one of western Kentucky's most famous native sons. 

His name, along with that of U.S. Vice President Alben W. Barkley, is ubiquitous throughout the region they both called home.  However, not many people today are aware of his remarkable career and his achievements in journalism, literature, the movies, and on radio. 

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