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Monica Harkins joined the ABC 36 News team in June 2019 as a Multimedia journalist and Anchor/Producer. She’s born and raised in Austin, Texas and headed “North,” as she calls it, to study broadcast journalism and business at the University of Missouri. While at Mizzou she anchored and reported for KOMU 8 News, an NBC affiliate in Columbia, Missouri all four years. During her childhood she played almost every sport, but they always called her “Hollywood” for her love of theatre. In high school, she realized her excitement for theatre and performing was only a small piece of the puzzle. It’s story telling that’s her passion. She’s especially passionate about social media and creative platforms to tell stories. Her most recent experiment is being a FAA certified drone pilot. As a proud Texan she says she’s made of country music, Southern hospitality and Sweet Tea. When she’s not at work you can find her trying new recipes, listening to crime podcasts, reading the latest romance novel or rockin’ out to live music with friends. She says she’s only a tweet or Facebook message away, so say hi and send her the latest on your community. @MonicaHarkinstv or Mharkins@wtvq.com

GoFundMe raising money for a garden outside Sav’s Restaurant honoring late Jake Gibbs

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UK multimedia professor talks about police on social media and the pros/cons

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Dr. Stack says COVID-19 vaccine likely won’t be readily available until Summer 2021

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Kentuckians help with hurricane relief along Gulf Coast

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FCPS’ School Board discusses October in-person learning, parents who oppose hold rally

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Keeneland September Yearling sale continues amidst pandemic

"The market is still pretty strong if you have a really good horse," Samantha McGreevy with Taylor Made Sales Agency said.

Catholic Action Center building new expansion, director says it’s not enough

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Return of fall sports, some fans not thrilled about new COVID-19 precautions

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