Posts Tagged ‘Terry Brooks’

KET and WEKU Present Legislative Session Wrap-up Program

Monday, March 11th, 2013

(Editor’s note, March 13: The broadcast described by Bill was filmed by KET. You can watch it below.)

The Eastern Kentucky University FM radio stations (WEKU) and KET combined forces to present a special interactive program discussing the issues and accomplishments of the 2013 Kentucky legislative session. I’ll be on the radio with WEKU’s Program Director John Hingsbergen for the hour-long program Tuesday morning, March 12 from 11 am ET until noon on WEKU FM stations. The 2013 Legislative Wrap program may include a number of guests depending their availability on the last day of the session.
If you missed the radio program, we filmed it. You can see it here:

Invitations have been sent to Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and Kentucky Youth Advocates Executive Director Terry Brooks. Legislative leaders have also been invited to participate.

KET’s Renee Shaw and Kentucky Public Radio’s Kenny Colston will also take part in the program, adding their assessments and analyses of the 30-day “short session” of the General Assembly.

Listeners are invited to participate in the program by sending questions or comments in advance or during the show by e-mail to WEKU (at) or by direct message on Twitter to: @889weku

Talking About Poverty in Kentucky

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

On a day set aside to honor the work and sacrifice of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the second inauguration of President Barack Obama, I hope you got a chance to tune in last night for “The Price of Poverty in Kentucky.”

Both Renee Shaw and I thought the conversation surrounding one of the most important issues facing the state and the nation was timely, interesting, and thought provoking.

Our guests were phenomenal. During the program, you heard from:
-Terry Brooks, Ph.D., executive director of the Kentucky Youth Advocates
-Attica Scott, Louisville Metro councilwoman
-Eric Schansberg, an economics professor at Indiana University-Southeast and member of the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Board of Scholars
-Reid Livingston, Kentucky state director for Save the Children USA
-Courtney Trent, early steps to school success coordinator for Save the Children USA
-Gerry Roll, executive director of the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky
-James P. Ziliak, Ph.D., founding director of the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research and a UK Gatton Endowed Chair of Economics
-Michelle Tooley, Ph.D., religion, social ethics and public policy professor at Berea College.

During the discussion, Terry Brooks talked about the picture of poverty in Kentucky.

I asked Councilwoman Scott why we can’t end or put a stop to poverty.

Toward the conclusion of the program, there was a robust discussion on how best to tackle the issue and the steps needed to reduce poverty in Kentucky’s urban and rural areas.

Brooks on One to One / Kentucky Tonight 4th District Candidate Program

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

One to One

Terry Brooks is an interesting guy — a “public intellectual” who is never at a loss for words whether he’s talking about University of Louisville basketball or the latest U.S. Census figures and poverty numbers in Kentucky. Believe me, he knows a lot more about poverty, public education, and legislation in the state general assembly than basketball. Although he is a super U of L fan,  he saves most of his enthusiasm and passion for the fight to improve the well-being of Kentucky’s children and families.

Terry has been the executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates since 2005. He worked in public education for 30 years and has served as an adjunct professor at Harvard, Vanderbilt, U of L, and Bellarmine.  This Sunday on One to One, Terry and I will talk about the 2010 Kentucky Kids Count data recently released. During these tough economic times, the report doesn’t paint the best picture for Kentucky kids and families. Dr. Brooks will explain the numbers and how those percentages and statistics need to change for the better in the near future.

Kentucky Tonight

Our KET Candidate Program Monday night focuses on Kentucky’s 4th Congressional District. The candidates are incumbent Republican Geoff Davis and Democrat John Waltz. The 4th district is made up of 24 counties bordering West Virginia, Ohio, and Indiana. Both men are military veterans. By FaceBook, email, and phone calls, we want to hear from everyone in the 4th district who have questions for Davis and Waltz.

As always, you can send questions in advance or during the program by phone (800-494-7605) and email ( The program is closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired; the number for TDD calls is 800-395-5388.

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