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


Odd Weather
8:36 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Odd weather patterns lead to record highs

Weather thus far for 2012 has not only broke high-temperature records for our region, but for the majority of the US as well.  March highs for the Four Rivers region were nearly 15 to 20 degrees warmer than normal.  The national average for the same period was just over 8 and a half degrees higher.  According to The Paducah Sun, the National Weather Service is reporting the past winter as the third warmest on record for the area.  Paducah meteorologist Robin Smith says the warmer weather is due to an extended La Nina effect, preventing fronts from moving through the region.  McCracken Count

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Operation UNITE
7:45 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Prescription Drug Summit draws Kentucky Leaders

Top Kentucky health leaders and lawmakers trying to end multistate prescription drug trafficking and abuse are meeting in Florida this week.  The National R-X Drug Abuse Summit runs from tomorrow until Thursday in Orlando.  The event is organized by the eastern Kentucky anti-drug group Operation UNITE.  It will feature remarks by Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin and U.S. “Drug Czar” R.

Front Page Sunday
10:00 am
Sun April 8, 2012

Front Page Sunday 4/8/12

In the wake of a deadly nighttime tornado that stuck Harrisburg, Illinois last February, officials are working to make the public more aware of the increased dangers of these nocturnal storms. We’ll speak with National Weather Service Meteorologist Rick Shanklin about these dangers, and how to prepare for them, today on Front Page Sunday from WKMS News. 

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Front Page PM
6:30 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Front Page PM 4/6

(1.) STAND YOUR GROUND LAW: The so called “stand your ground” law cited in the media recently as justification for the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin is under scrutiny now.  Kentucky has a similar law. The law indicates a person can use deadly force against someone  threatening their life. Commonwealth Attorney Mark Blankenship's help shed more light on this law in Kentucky.

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11:37 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Reward Offered in Bardwell Fire Inquiry

Bardwell city officials are offering a $2,000 dollar reward for information about a suspicious downtown weekend fire. The blaze occurred late Saturday night, burning down four abandoned buildings along Front Street and damaging others. 80 firefighters from eight rural cities responded to the fire.

11:25 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Calloway Co 3rd healthiest KY county

Calloway County is the third healthiest county in Kentucky according to a new online report from The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

9:35 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Kentucky Students Compete in Career Skills

The 2012 SkillsUSA Kentucky State Conference is under way in Louisville, and today is contest day for hundreds of career and technical education students from across the state.  They’ll compete in areas like automotive technology, carpentry, masonry, plumbing, electricity and welding.  The students are from high schools as well as community and technical colleges. Winners will compete in the national championships in June in Kansas City, Missouri.   

9:34 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Colorful spring unfolds on state website

Kentucky is in full bloom this spring, and the Commonwealth wants to make it easy to find the most colorful spots.  The state Departments of Travel and Parks are sponsoring the Unbridled Spring program again, with a website that includes reports from parks across Kentucky.  The reports are updated weekly, and the agencies say they provide a guide to locations where blooms are most beautiful.  The website is an off-shoot of Kentucky Tourism's site: .

Front Page Sunday
10:30 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Front Page Sunday 4/1/12

A Kentucky car salesman spends his days selling cars, but on the weekend BYTE He’s winning major opera competitions. Could a Toyota car salesman from Elizabethtown be the next Annett Benning? We’ll ask that question on Front Page Sunday from WKMS News.

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7:56 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Prohm Receives 1st Joe B. Hall Award

Murray State University men’s head basketball coach Steve Prohm is the first winner of’s Joe B. Hall Award.  The award is named for the former head coach of the University of Kentucky Wildcats, who led the team from 1972 until 1985.  The award is presented to the top first year coach in Division I College Basketball.  Prohm led the Racers to a 31 and 2 record, as well as the third round of the NCAA tournament in his first season.