Rachel Collins

News Director

Rachel’s interest in journalism began early in life, reading newspapers while sitting in the laps of her grandparents. Those interactions ignited a thirst for language and stories, and she recalls getting caught more than once as a young girl hiding under the bed covers with a flashlight and book because she just couldn’t stop reading. 

That passion led her to Murray State University where she completed an undergrad as an English major before pursuing a career in journalism. 

Rachel recalled listening exclusively to NPR as a college student, dreaming of earning her spot among the ranks of the journalists she admired. She realized that dream when she joined the WKMS team as news director in February 2020.

Rachel particularly enjoys conducting research and digging into even the smallest details, satisfying her natural inquisitiveness while never backing down from the tough questions and topics. 

In her free time, Rachel enjoys traveling and spending time with her family, friends, and cat. 

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Eleven Kentucky airports are set to receive a financial boost in federal funding distributed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Barkley Regional Airport Authority in Paducah is set to receive $1,009,959.


Kentucky 1st District Congressman James Comer spent the majority of his time with Murray-Calloway County Chamber of Commerce members Thursday discussing the economy and the impact of the pandemic on small businesses, but he began with an expression of sympathy for the community and families impacted by the shooting in Murray earlier this week. 

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Murray State University is halfway through the spring semester, and MSU President Bob Jackson told WKMS News a semblance of normalcy is on the horizon. As COVID-19 vaccines continue to roll out at regional sites, including Murray State’s CFSB Center, Jackson said the university is planning an in-person commencement ceremony and more ‘normal’ semesters ahead in 2021. 

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Gov. Andy Beshear and local leaders got an aerial view of the flood damage in Calloway County this morning aboard a U.S. Army helicopter with Kentucky National Guardsmen. During a media briefing following the tour, Beshear assured county and city officials the state will provide support. 

Rachel Collins / WKMS News

With only four months left in the fiscal year, Murray State University’s administration is weighing a number of moving parts as it begins to craft the Fiscal Year 2022 budget, factoring a potential multi-million dollar hit to the university’s funds in the wake of the ongoing pandemic.

Screenshot / Calloway Circuit Court

A western Kentucky man who pleaded guilty to murdering two women and a dog was sentenced to serve 40 years in a state penitentiary during today’s hearing in Calloway Circuit Court.  

City of Paducah

The Paducah Board of Commissioners extended an invitation to Southside Paducah residents and business owners to one of two public meetings in March to discuss Neighborhood Empowerment.

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This story has been updated.


KSP Post 2 issued a press release which states the commercial vehicle invovled in the incident was identified, thanks to several tips reported to troopers following the call for public assistance. The investigation is ongoing. 


National Weather Service of Paducah

The National Weather Service of Paducah said the region should brace for another round of wintery weather arriving Wednesday, with accumulation of snow potentially accompanied by freezing rain and sleet. But meteorologists also forecast warmer temperatures are on the horizon beginning this weekend and into the coming weeks. 

National Weather Service of Paducah

Western Kentucky is the focal point of the region in that it’s likely to see the most impact of the winter storm fronts arriving Sunday afternoon through Monday evening, according to the National Weather Service of Paducah