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


11:36 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Regional Members Reappointed to KY Human Rights Commission

Dr. Doris Sarr (L), Timothy Thomas

Governor Steve Beshear has re-appointed two west Kentuckians to the Commonwealth’s Human Rights Commission.  Dr. Doris Sarr is the director of the Adventures in Math and Science program at Murray State University and has served on the commission since 2012.  Madisonville’s Timothy Thomas is a funeral director in Hopkinsville and serves as president of Kentucky State Crime-Stoppers Association. 

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2:26 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Fort Campbell Halloween Decorations Draw Claim of Racism

This Halloween display that appears to portray the lynching of an African American has been taken down by Fort Campbell Authorities.
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Fort Campbell officials say an offensive Halloween display at an on-post residence has been removed. Authorities responded to a report yesterday of decorations that depict what appears to be the lynching of an African-American family.

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4:35 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Circumstances and Extent of Honeywell Gas Leak in Dispute

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Following a uranium hexafluoride leak Sunday night at the Metropolis, Illinois Honeywell facility, United Steelworkers Local 7-669 officials allege the incident stems from equipment improperly installed by outside contractors, work they say was previously done in-house by their members.  

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12:25 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

McConnell Campaign on Last Minute West KY Swing

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell continues his campaign swing through the Commonwealth prior to next week’s general election with a series of stops in western Kentucky.  McConnell appears this afternoon at Trigg County Hospital in Cadiz before his stop this evening at Furches Farm in Calloway County. 

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5:18 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Why The Jackson Purchase Had a Confederate Majority in the Civil War


The Jackson Purchase was the only region in Kentucky during the Civil War period that had a Confederate majority. Around the Commonwealth, there'd be pro-Confederate counties, but none as unified as the "South Carolina of Kentucky." Author and retired WKCTC history professor Berry Craig stops by Sounds Good to talk with Todd Hatton about documenting the region’s turbulent Civil War history and culture in his new book, Kentucky Confederates.

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2:38 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

The Civil War in the Western Rivers - A WKMS News Documentary

This documentary originally aired in 2011.

An hour-long WKMS News production about the Union and Confederate confrontations, battles and tribulations in the Four Rivers Region, featuring a full performance cast.

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2:45 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

4th District State Representative Debate: Lynn Bechler v Jarrod Jackson

Lynn Bechler (left) Todd Hatton and Jarrod Jackson (right)
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The candidates for Kentucky’s 4th District House of Representatives seat differ on the future of higher education funding in the commonwealth.

Democrat Jarrod Jackson and incumbent Republican Lynn Bechler debated for a half hour at the WKMS studios on subjects ranging from stimulating job creation, combating the state’s 18 percent jobless rate, funding the Affordable Care Act and reforming the Kentucky tax system. 

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Puppies Sound Good
4:08 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

[Slideshow] Puppies Sound Good: Meet Mona

Second Wednesdays monthly, we meet one (or more) puppies up for adoption at the Humane Society of Calloway County, as well as an update on events and activities from director Kathy Hodge. Today, we met Mona, a miniature pinscher/terrier mix. Even though she's 12 weeks old, she's still incredibly tiny and will probably remain a small dog when fully grown. She was calm and curious in the studio, and appeared to enjoy being held by WKMS staff and students. Todd Hatton speaks with Kathy Hodge on Sounds Good.

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3:51 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

West Kentucky Coal: Places, People, and Power

Credit Austin Ramsey, WKMS

This documentary originally aired Sunday, September 1st, 2013.

In 2013 for the first time in over 50 years West Kentucky coal mines produced more than their eastern counterparts. Coal companies employ more than 4,000 people in 10 west Kentucky counties, and more than 90% of Kentucky’s power comes from this ancient mineral. But there is much more beyond these numbers. In the coming hour we explore West Kentucky Coal and its people, places and power in this WKMS News Documentary. 


In our first story, Chad Lampe and Austin Ramsey head 800 feet below western Kentucky, to Warrior Coal’s Cardinal Mine #2 to uncover what miners do and why they do it.

Then, Whitney Jones speaks with Mike Foster, a retired miner from Greenville, Kentucky, about a less-than-desirable legacy of his career in the coal mines: black lung.  And she discovers that if he could, Foster would go back in a heartbeat.

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12:29 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

2nd District State Senate Debate: Jeff Parker v Danny Carroll

Jeff Parker (left); Danny Carroll (right)
Credit Todd Hatton

The candidates for Kentucky’s 2nd District State Senate seat are at odds over the future of the affordable care act in the commonwealth. 

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