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
12:00 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

KPR's Jonathan Meador's 2/28 General Assembly Update

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The 2014 session of Kentucky's General Assembly is well past the halfway point, but there's still plenty of business to take care of before it ends April 15th.  Todd Hatton speaks with Kentucky Public Radio's Capitol Bureau Reporter Jonathan Meador to get an update on how much of that business saw movement this week.

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Government
11:52 am
Fri February 7, 2014

This week in KY's General Assembly with KPR's Jonathan Meador

KPR Capitol Bureau Correspondent Jonathan Meador
Credit WFPL

The 2014 session of the Kentucky General Assembly continues in Frankfort, and Todd Hatton speaks with Kentucky Public Radio Capitol Bureau Reporter Jonathan Meador about what lawmakers have been working on this week.

Hear about Governor Beshear's plan for tax reform and whyRepublican House Floor Leader Jeff Hoover wants tax reform negotiations held behind closed doors.

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Politics
2:30 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Hatchett Enters Democratic Race for 1st District U.S. House

Charles Hatchett
Credit Hatchett for Congress

Marshall County real estate broker Charles Hatchett has joined the race for the Democratic nomination to oppose Republican 1st District U.S. Congressman Ed Whitfield.  Hatchett filed his paperwork with the Secretary of State’s office today.  He will face Wesley Bolin of Murray in May’s Democratic primary. 

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News Archive
11:50 am
Thu January 23, 2014

WKMS Morning Newscast 12-5-13

News Archive
11:46 am
Thu January 23, 2014

WKMS Morning Newscast 12-17-13

Society
11:31 am
Thu January 23, 2014

John Prine and Paradise (KY) Lost

(This story originally aired Sept. 1, 2013.)

Knowing when to add some spice to the facts is the mark of a good storyteller, or a good songwriter.  But sometimes, digging a little further into the truth is the only way to do a story justice.  Todd Hatton brings us one such story; the tale of a long-vanished community, coal, and the progress of man.

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Education
3:57 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Despite Proposed Cuts MSU Interim President Pleased with Most of Gov's Budget Plan

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Murray State University’s interim president says he is pleased with most of what he heard in Gov. Steve Beshear’s Tuesday night budget address.

Tim Miller said funding for MSU’s science complex will mean more STEM graduates and money for Hopkinsville’s Breathitt Veterinary Center will benefit for the entire commonwealth.

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Government
9:57 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Gov. Beshear’s Budget Investments for Western KY

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Governor Steve Beshear’s proposed biennial budget includes investments for every community in the state, as well as multiple targeted investments for specific regions. Below is a list of the proposed investments for western Kentucky, including the cities of Hopkinsville, Madisonville and Paducah.

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Government
12:56 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Thayer on KY Even-Numbered Election Year Change

KY State Senator Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown)
Credit lrc.ky.gov

State Senate Majority Leader Republican Damon Thayer says more Kentuckians would cast ballots for governor, attorney general and the Commonwealth’s other constitutional offices if those elections were held in even-numbered years. Thayer says low-voter turnout for such elections ought to give pause to every Commonwealth resident.

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Culture
12:41 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Hundreds Gather at Phil Everly Memorial

Don (right) and Phil (left) Everly in a 1958 promotional photo.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

About 200 people listened to songs and tributes at a memorial service in Powderly this past weekend for Phil Everly, who passed away January 3rd at the age of 74.  With his brother, Don, the duo had 19 Top 40 hits between 1957 and 1962. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and are members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. 

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