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Maddie McQueen

Maddie McQueen is a Lexington native who joined the ABC 36 News Team as an MMJ in June 2021. She studied journalism and sociology at the University of Georgia in Athens. She grew up with a love for theater which turned into a passion for storytelling. She interned with ABC 36 in 2019 getting hands-on experience and training. When Maddie isn't covering central Kentucky news, she enjoys being outside hiking or kayaking, spending time with friends exploring the city, and watching binge-worthy shows on Netflix. During football season, you can find her yelling "Go Dawgs!" and proudly sporting her red and black in a sea of blue and white. She is thrilled to be back in the Bluegrass telling the stories of people in her home state and she wants to hear from you! Send her a message on Facebook @MaddieMcQueenTV or Twitter @mcqueen_maddie with any story ideas or shoot her an email at mmcqueen@wtvq.com.

City leaders hear from community about violence surge

Lexington city officials held a safety forum Wednesday to talk with the community about increased violence downtown.

Locals react to new CDC recommendations

The CDC updated guidelines on Tuesday recommending all people wear masks indoors again, regardless of vaccination status.

Local activist calls for community help on Facebook

Devine Carama of One Lexington asks for community activists like himself to help prevent youth violence in Lexington.

Car show raises money to support local women veterans program

Lady Veterans Connect held a car show fundraiser Sunday to help support its women veterans program.

A new health and wellness opportunity opens in Lexington

Lexington's first salt cave opened in April providing more holistic health opportunities to the area.

UK football players serve homeless

Football players for the University of Kentucky gave out lunch and "blessing bags" to people experiencing homelessness in downtown Lexington.

New outreach program serving in local communities

Community outreach programs have teamed up to bring resources and hope directly into communities in need.

Hops and Vine Festival celebrates local business

Apollo Pizza turns 40 this year and held it's birthday celebration during the annual Hops and Vine Festival.

Music comes to Midway with first local music festival

Local sponsors put on the first music festival in Midway on Saturday.

The Nest hosts first in-person event of the year

This year's annual Family Fun Day by The Nest was themed "safety".

Healthcare workers frustrated by unvaccinated

St. Claire Healthcare hosted a celebration Wednesday to honor frontline heroes.

Lawmakers hear innovative solutions, legislative responses to police shortage

Police departments across the state are having trouble recruiting new officers and retaining experienced ones.

School board weighs in on masks during school

Jessamine County School Board held a special meeting Monday night where the school reopening plan was discussed.

Woodford Humane Society hosts summer gala “to-go”

The Woodford Humane Society held a drive-through fundraiser on Saturday in place of their usual summer gala.

Lexington Police hosts event to bond with community

The Lexington Police Department held a "Cops and Bobbers" event Saturday to meet more of their neighbors and community members.

Kentucky Horse Park honors beloved employee

Gene Carter worked at the Kentucky Horse Park for 13 years and his signature bench was memorialized for friends and family.

Coronavirus Delta variant spreads in Kentucky

A panel of healthcare experts met Wednesday to discuss what people need to know about the Delta variant.

Cross-country bikers helping find Alzheimer’s cure stop in Lexington

Bike4Alz is nearing the end of a cross-country ride to raise money to help find an Alzheimer's cure.

City offering rent assistance for those in need

The city of Lexington is offering to pay 12 months of back rent and 3 months forward rent to help tenants in need.

27 local athletes competing in Junior Olympics

The Lexington Blazin' Cats had 27 athletes qualify for the Junior Olympics at the end of July. Find out how you can help them make the trip to Texas.