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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Rural health centers across Kentucky are set to receive more than $13 million to increase COVID-19 testing in their communities, according to a statement issued Thursday by U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell’s office.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District announced it’s reopening corps-managed campgrounds within the Cumberland River Basin on June 1 and Kentucky campgrounds on June 11. 


The Clarksville Police Department is investigating a homicide and seeking anyone with more information.

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This article has been updated with the most recent information released on May 13 by the Paducah Police Department.

The Paducah Police Department said the shooting victim found near Fountain Avenue and Harrison Street on May 12 was a local special education teacher who was killed by a convicted felon she tried to help adjust to life outside prison.

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The Mayfield Police Department, taking part in National Police Memorial Week, honored its officers who died in the line of duty with wreath presentation ceremonies.

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Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron joined attorneys general from 17 states in asking the U.S. Congress to investigate the communist Chinese government’s role in the COVID-19 pandemic.


Baptist Health in Madisonville is asking recovered COVID-19 patients to consider donating blood plasma which could help those currently battling the virus overcome it. 


The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Wednesday approved several priorities which could benefit waterways in Kentucky as part of the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2020 (AWIA 2020), if approved by the full Senate.

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Marshall County Schools Superintendent Trent Lovett said the recent public debate regarding school safety resulted in a larger group coming to the table to talk solutions. He said a May 1 virtual meeting with local and state elected officials as well as the families of the two children who died in the Jan. 23, 2018 Marshall County High School shooting was “positive.” 


A west Kentucky man who used a false name to make threats on social media against Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear and Kentucky State Police now faces federal charges.