Scottlynn Ballard

Student Reporter

Scottlynn Ballard is an undergraduate student majoring in public relations. Although she is a Chicago native, she considers Murray her second home.


Scottlynn has competed nationally in the poetry recitation contest Poetry Out Loud, winning runner-up in the 2019 competition as well as state and regional accolades. In high school, she participated heavily in the broadcasting club as a regular anchor for The Friday Morning Announcements. She also founded Tiger Talk, her high school’s first podcasting club.

Scottlynn credits her father for her love of NPR—it is, after all, his favorite “music” station. 

She enjoys poetry, music, and reading, and is honored to serve this community through WKMS News.

Courtesy Angela Orozco

This story is part of an update to the 2020 newsroom collaboration series highlighting school reopenings in western Kentucky.

Stephanie Wolf / WFPL

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced in a press release Wednesday 4,560 new coronavirus cases, the third-highest number of confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic, along with dozens of newly reported deaths.

Team Kentucky / Kentucky Department for Health and Family Services

The Calloway County Health Department announced in a press release Monday 300 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine were delivered and will be fully administered by Jan. 15. 

Pam Spencer / City of Paducah

The city of Paducah has launched a project aimed at studying the Northside neighborhood in hopes of adding the neighborhood to the National Register of Historic Places, and has asked residents with historic information about the area to participate. 

Donyelle Davis / USGS

  The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and U.S. Geological Survey will block off a large portion of Pisgah Bay and Kentucky Lake for asian carp research from Jan. 11-27. Birmingham Ferry Boat Ramp will also be closed. 

Murray State University

Murray State University today announced MSU Interim Police Chief Jeff Gentry was officially tapped as MSU Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management. 


  Tennessee Valley Authority officials say 2020 is now the wettest year recorded for the Tennessee Valley, with 68.27 inches of rainfall on average across the region.