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. 

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has issued caution for motorists as mowing crews are following behind litter pick-up crews on Interstate 24 near Paducah..

WKMS file photo

The Calloway County Health Department will be under new leadership effective Aug. 10 following the recent resignation of Public Health Director Amy Ferguson.

Screenshot / Gov. Andy Beshear

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear during the June 22 coronavirus update announced Phase 3 of reopening will begin on June 29, at which point he said “just about everything in the commonwealth will be open.” He also said on Wednesday, his staff will outline the guidelines for reopening Kentucky’s schools in August.

Courtesy U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell's Office

The U.S. Senate in a split vote earlier today confirmed Western District of Kentucky District Judge Justin Walker to join the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, a top federal appeals court.

Murray State University

Murray State University Athletics Department announced three Murray State men’s basketball coaches are named on the list of top coaches in the current century in the Ohio Valley Conference by BustingBrackets.com.

Kentucky State Police

Kentucky State Police announced June 17 it’s investigating a complaint regarding possible criminal misconduct among members of the Trigg County Sheriff’s Office.


The Kentucky Department for Local Government (DLG) with Gov. Andy Beshear announced on June 16 final approval on the sale of 418 acres of Henderson County land to Henderson Solar in the 4 Star Industrial Park. A press release issued by the DLG states the land will be used to make Henderson Solar’s 1,700-acre solar facility viable.

Dave Thompson / The Paducah Sun


More than two years after opening fire on his classmates, Gabriel Ross Parker, now 18, was officially sentenced to life in prison in Marshall Circuit Court. Parker brought his stepfather’s pistol to Marshall County High School on the morning of Jan. 23, 2018, and opened fire, killing 15-year-olds Bailey Holt and Preston Cope, and injuring more than a dozen others. 

Marshall County Sheriffs Office

Many people in Marshall County are expressing frustration with the county judge-executive’s proposed plan to make significant school security changes. An online petition opposing the plan garnered more than 2,000 signatures in less than a week, and organizers have planned to stage a protest outside the county courthouse June 16. 

Jennifer Washburn / iKids Childhood Enrichment Center

With less than a week to go before large childcare facilities in Kentucky are able to reopen, daycare owners and operators are pouring over the exhaustive list of new health and safety guidelines and weighing whether or not reopening is feasible. The facilities able to reopen are quickly making adjustments to policies and procedures, in some cases constructing temporary walls and looking at extended hours with more stringent regulations while operating on a smaller budget.