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Tom Kenny joined ABC 36 News in June of 2001 as a General Assignment Reporter. A native of Peoria, Illinois, he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Western Illinois University. He currently anchors ABC 36 News at 5pm, 6pm and 11pm. Tom has more than three decades of experience in broadcast journalism. He is the only broadcast journalist in Lexington television history to be honored with a national Edward R. Murrow Award. Tom was recognized for reporting on a story that gave a rare glimpse inside the secretive world of the Federal Witness Protection Program. He has won an Emmy Award for anchoring and another for investigative reporting, exposing the deceit and potential danger of online diploma mills. Tom has ten other Emmy nominations to his credit for investigative and feature reporting. He has won Associated Press Awards for reporting and anchoring. He has won two Addy Awards for excellence in promotional writing. Tom was the first broadcast journalist in Lexington TV history to be awarded the Silver Circle Award by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. It is one of the highest honors given by NATAS. It recognizes television professionals who have performed distinguished service within the television industry for 25-years or more. Tom was honored for more than his longevity, he was recognized for making an enduring contribution to the vitality of the television industry and for setting high standards of achievement. He was also recognized for giving back to the community as a mentor, educator and volunteer. Tom also has network broadcast experience in radio and television having worked as a sports reporter for ESPN, Sportschannel, NBC Sports and the Breeders’ Cup. He was also the studio host and halftime producer for CBS Radio Sports’ College Football Game of the Week and covered the NFL for One-On-One Radio Sports. Prior to joining WTVQ-TV, Tom was Vice-President of the Houston Astros Minor League baseball team in Lexington. He was part of the original management team that brought professional baseball back to the Bluegrass after a nearly 50-year absence. Tom has lived in Lexington since 1984. In that time, he has been heavily involved with dozens of charity and civic groups, with a special emphasis on helping Veterans. He can be reached at tkenny@wtvq.com. You can also follow Tom on Facebook www.facebook.com/TomKennyABC and Twitter @TomKennyNews. Just click on the links at the top of the page.

Lexington man dies in Pulaski County Park

The 39-year old man apparently had some kind of medical emergency, according to the Commonwealth Journal.

Man accused of pulling a gun outside restaurant

William Kairn is accused of pulling a handgun on another man outside a restaurant in Danville, according to the Boyle County Sheriff's Office.

Road signs shot in Franklin County

The signs are in the Peaks Mill and Rocky Branch Road area of Franklin County.

USDA identifies mystery seeds from China

The USDA believes the seed shipments are part of a 'brushing scam.'

Traffic impact in Chevy Chase beginning Monday

A sewer replacement project will impact traffic at Tates Creek Road and Euclid Avenue.

Pastor loses fight against coronavirus

Pastor Jeff Fuson of Phos Community Church died from COVID-19 after being diagnosed in July.

Lawsuit filed against companies connected to deadly pipeline blast in Lincoln County

A lawsuit claims the operator of a natural gas pipeline that exploded in Lincoln County failed to properly maintain the line and repair corrosion, according to a report in the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Lexington man killed in motorcycle crash, passenger injured

KSP says 67-year old George Cagle died from injuries suffered in a motorcycle crash on the Old Cumberland Parkway in Pulaski County.

‘Golden Alert’ issued for Bourbon County man with Dementia

85-year old Billy Dale was last seen leaving his home Thursday morning in his red Ford F250 pickup truck with "Big Red" across the front windshield.

Harlan woman dies in crash after apparent medical emergency while driving

Pineville Police say Sharon Hubbard never applied her brakes before knocking down a sign and hitting a flood wall.

Road reopens in Martin County after propane truck accident

Kentucky Route 40 in Martin County was closed for hours after a propane truck hit the end of a bridge and slid into a creek, according to the sheriff's office.

Magoffin County Courthouse temporarily closed due to COVID-19

The courthouse was closed Thursday after an employee tested positive for the coronavirus, according to county officials.

Man arrested after high-speed chase through four counties

Nicholas Denny faces a string of charges after a 90-minute chase at speeds in excess of 100 mph, according to the Laurel County Sheriff's Office.

Frankfort man accused of breaking in to vehicles and a home

Jeremy Rutherford was tazed during his arrest after running from police, according to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

Still no sign of Laurel County woman missing nearly a month

25-year old Natasha Finley disappeared July 1, 2020.

Traffic Alert: Backups expected on SB I-75 at Clays Ferry Bridge Wednesday night

Significant delays are expected beginning at the 98MM because the bridge will be down to one lane, according to the state.

Rowan County Schools receive donation for back-to-school PPE

The Morehead Optimist Club donated money to Rowan County Schools for PPE so students, faculty and staff will be protected when in-person classes begin.

KSP: Child found dead in pond, appears to be accidental

Investigators did not release the name or age of the child.

Fayette County Public School classes begin August 26

Fayette County Public School classes will begin two weeks later than originally scheduled.

Disturbance at juvenile detention center leaves staffer injured

State Troopers were called-in to restore order after juveniles began destroying property inside the juvenile detention center in McCracken County, according to KSP.