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WKMS welcomes new reporter focused on tornado recovery

Lily Burris Fall 2021 Headshot
Gabi Broekema
Lily Burris Fall 2021 Headshot

WKMS is deepening its commitment to tornado impacted communities in our region with the addition of a reporter whose primary job will be to cover ongoing recovery efforts in the communities most impacted by the December 10th tornado that claimed 77 lives and devastated Mayfield, Dawson Springs and other communities in our region.

With support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the WKMS newsroom will welcome reporter Lily Burris for a nine-month appointment. Burris is a recent graduate from Western Kentucky University’s journalism program. There she served as the editor-in-chief for the College Heights Herald. She’s also interned with the Bowling Green Daily News and Louisville Public Media. "This position provides a great opportunity to keep the public aware of Kentucky's continuing work to recover from the tornados,” Burris said. “I hope the work I produce will bring attention to communities, groups and people in a way that will encourage readers and listeners to continue to provide support to those who need it."

Burris will focus on stories that have gone uncovered in the wake of the tornado. “We are so glad to welcome Lily to our team,” said Chad Lampe, WKMS Station Manager. “This reporting will help our small team maintain our commitment to this region and bring stories and issues to light as these communities begin a long road to rebuilding.”

Burris’ position is funded by an emergency grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to produce journalism and/or public affairs coverage related to the December 10th tornadoes.

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