Matt Markgraf

News Director

Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director since March 2016 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant.

Matt has led the management of the station's website, online streaming and social media platforms. He's also developed promotional and marketing materials over the years. He enjoys writing, working with student journalists, traveling around the region, meeting listeners and learning new things every day.

He has a bachelor's degree in Theatre and a master's degree in Creative Writing from Murray State University. 

For 11 years, Matt volunteer hosted the electronic music program Weekend Energy Saturday nights, showcasing the genre's soulful and diverse celebration of international culture. For fans of the show, he still maintains a Weekend Energy Spotify playlist.

He formerly coordinated and hosted the classical music program Carson Myre Youth Series. Matt has produced an assortment of interviews for Sounds Good and has led initiatives in the Youth Radio Project.

In his free time, he enjoys cooking international cuisine, discovering new music, reading science fiction and has recently taken to recording public domain audiobooks.

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The executive secretary of the Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System says the system is in good shape and legislators in this past session are to thank. He also credited the KTRS Board of Trustees and teacher groups like the Calloway County Retired Teachers Association for their lobbying efforts.

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A Christian County couple faces felony assault charges for the alleged abuse of a young child. 

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Police in Somerset say they've identified a hit-and-run driver who injured a child on a bicycle, and it’s the town’s mayor. 

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The filing deadline for Independent candidates on the November general election ballot in Kentucky is on Tuesday. 

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Update: A preliminary autopsy report has confirmed that 52-year-old Kelly Clanahan of Barlow, Ky., died of a gunshot wound. Harold Compton remains hospitalized and is stable but fair condition. Police say Matthew Turnbow fired a shotgun, striking both Clanahan and Compton. 

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Police say the apartment fire Tuesday morning in Hopkinsville that left two dead started at the stove. 

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The trial for what could be the first death penalty case in Calloway County in 100 years is set for January 7.

In Calloway County Circuit Court on Monday, Judge Jamie Jameson indicated the jury selection process will begin soon for the case involving 23-year-old Pascasio Pacheco of Mayfield.

Pacheco is accused of shooting his aunt and uncle (Marisol Hernandez-Arallano and Bulmaro Arellano) in Calloway County and setting fire to their home, killing their two small children (Marisol and Miguel) in November 2015.

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There was no shortage of barbecue, bingo and political potshots at the 138th Fancy Farm Picnic on Saturday. The annual fundraiser for St. Jerome Catholic Church brings people from across the commonwealth to rural Graves County. Teachers made their voices heard at this year's event and some even took the stage as candidates. 

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Saturday Update: Kentucky State Police say preliminary autopsy results found Prather died of a heart attack. No foul play is suspected.

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The Fancy Farm Picnic on Saturday brings a spirited political atmosphere and plenty of barbecue. KET will be broadcasting live from the event in Graves County, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Central Time. 

Here's a link to the stream: