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


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)
Credit WKMS

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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12:36 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Paducah Power Board Chair Steps Down as Chairman, Member

Credit Lance Dennee / WKMS

  Updated 9/22/2014 at 4:20 p.m.

Ray McLennan has resigned as both Paducah Power Board chair and member. 

McLennan’s action came at today’s PPS board meeting. 

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3:58 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Robert Valentine Weighs in on the Scottish Vote for Independence

On the eve of Scotland's historic vote for independence, we gain a perspective on the referendum from one of our region's outstanding Scottish Americans, Robert Valentine, also a faculty member of the Murray State University Department of Journalism and Mass Communications. On Sounds Good, Todd Hatton speaks with Valentine about his thoughts on the vote and its implications for the UK and abroad.

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Puppies Sound Good
2:15 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

[Slideshow] Puppies Sound Good! Meet Stella

This month's featured adoptable puppy is Stella, a 10 week old Doberman/Hound mix, available for adoption at the Humane Society of Calloway County. She was a stray found by a good Samaritan who turned her in to the Humane Society. She is currently in foster care with cats and is crate trained. She loves to play with toys and meet new people/pets. She has had her first shots, been wormed and is on flea preventative. Stella was very sweet at WKMS and enjoyed being loved on and picked up. She was very well behaved in the studio. Hear the conversation from Sounds Good:

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10:14 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Hammack Keynoter Dr. Anne Marshall on Creating a Confederate Kentucky

Dr. Anne Marshall, Associate Professor of History at Mississippi State University

The keynote speaker at this year's MSU History Department James Hammack Banquet, Dr. Anne Marshall, teaches history at Mississippi State University with degrees from the University of Georgia.  And yet, she is the author of "Creating a Confederate Kentucky," a book about one of the Commonwealth's most transformational eras.  It may be hard to imagine here in the western part of the state, but Kentucky never seceded from the U.S., and it provided around 90% of its military age men to the Union cause.  But after 1865, Kentucky gave itself a rebel rebranding.  Todd Hatton speaks with Dr. Anne Marshall to get a preview of her talk and some insight into just why the Commonwealth got its Confederate makeover. 

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10:53 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Calloway Bus Driver Treated Following Crash

Calloway County Sheriff's deputies responding to the early Friday morning crash of a Calloway County school bus.
Credit Calloway County Sheriff's Office

Authorities say the driver of a Calloway County school bus has been treated for injuries sustained in a single-vehicle accident early this morning.  

Forty-nine-year-old Terrie Swift of Murray was preparing to start her route when a deer ran in front of the southbound bus on Radio Road at about 6:50 a.m. 

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