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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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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Business
11:04 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Owensboro Airport to Get Federal Grant

Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded the Owensboro-Daviess County Airport one million dollars to fund the completion of two major projects.  The grant will cover 90 percent of the overall cost of relocating a beacon to improve visibility and to the final phase of terminal building improvements.

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Government
1:49 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

The Battle of Paducah, Forrests' Expedition into West Kentucky and Tennessee

Lloyd Tilghman House Museum, 631 Kentucky Avenue in Paducah, Built in 1852.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

On March 25, 1864, Confederate cavalry leader Major General Nathan Bedford Forrest launched a successful raid on Paducah, quickly occupying the town, recruiting soldiers, and stripping supplies and horses from the Union troops, forcing Union leader Col. Stephen G. Hicks to withdraw to the west end of the town. Paducah Tilghman House Director Bill Baxter speaks with Todd Hatton on Sounds Good about the battle on the eve of its Sesquicentennial.

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Culture
2:49 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

"Irvin Cobb: Back Home" A Documentary

Budding Paducah Evening News reporter Irvin Cobb c. 1895 (seated left front, with poker).

Join us Sunday, March 30 at 9 a.m. for the story of Irvin Cobb: Back Home.

Irvin Cobb's name can be found throughout western Kentucky. It graces a bridge, a resort, a hotel, and a golf tournament. But despite being one of the most famous writers of the early 20th century, not many people know that much about him. This latest Sounds Good documentary hopes to change all that.

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Weather
6:46 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Winter Weather Update: Avoid Travel

Road Conditions 10:25 A.M.
Credit Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

UPDATE: 2:25 p.m.

A Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman says I-24 is clearing due to plowing and salt, but other western Kentucky roads remain snow-packed after the last 24 hours of winter weather. Keith Todd says to avoid unnecessary travel, and that recommendation won't change until sometime Tuesday as temperatures rise to 30 degrees and road salt starts working. But Todd says KYTC salt supplies are running out.

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Government
12:00 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

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

Credit Wikimedia Commons

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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