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.

Ways to Connect

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The ongoing debate in Paducah over Confederate symbols continued in a city commission candidate forum Thursday night. What to do with the statue of General Lloyd Tilghman generated considerable community attention last year, as similar debate rang across Kentucky and the nation.

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Candidates for Paducah City Commission debate Thursday evening, October 11, at the Murray State Paducah campus. ‘The Great Debate of Paducah’ is at 6 p.m. 

Graves Co. Sheriff's Office

Members of the Graves County Sheriff’s office released on Tuesday a signed letter describing their sheriff’s alleged criminal actions over the summer. Sheriff Dewayne Redmon is charged with possession of a controlled substance (felony) and official misconduct (misdemeanor). He appeared in court in early September.

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Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin announced on Tuesday a $100,000 grant to connect the Paducah Greenway Trail to McCracken County’s trail system. 

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The Murray State University Board of Regents Subcommittee on Dining Services approved on Monday moving forward with a contract for outsourcing campus dining.

Paducah Police Department

Paducah Police arrested an inmate on Thursday from Keeton Correctional facility after catching him with suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. 

Courtesy of Bevin's Office

Governor Matt Bevin is holding a set of community forums in west Kentucky next week. 

Bevin is visiting Muhlenberg County on Monday to discuss economic development and other initiatives.

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Friday 2nd Update: Montgomery County Sheriff's Office wrote on Facebook around 10:30 a.m. that Kirby Gene Wallace is in custody. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew and Henry County Corporal Stacey Bostwick apprehended Wallace in Stewart County.

Local law enforcement expressed in a press conference on Friday relief and gratitude for partner agencies and the community.

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Candidates for Kentucky’s 2nd District State Senate seat debated major issues during a Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce forum on Thursday, including teacher pensions, service sales tax and school safety. Danny Carroll is the Republican incumbent Julie Tennyson is the Democratic challenger. 

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Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin is holding a community forum today in Ballard County. He will discuss economic development and other initiatives.