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Tom Kenny

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.

Kentucky teachers address Senate on COVID-19 impact

Four Kentucky teachers addressed the Kentucky Senate Education Committee Thursday regarding the impact of remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Republican lawmakers flex muscle in setting COVID policies

The Kentucky House voted Thursday to block the governor from temporarily closing schools and businesses that comply with federal guidelines.

Boil Water Advisory issued after water line break in Mount Vernon

The boil water advisory was issued Wednesday for some Mount Vernon Water Works customers.

Kentucky sets record for new COVID-19 cases in single day

The governor reported 5,742 new coronavirus cases and 34 new COVID-19 related deaths on Wednesday.

UPDATE: Boil Water Advisory lifted for parts of Lincoln County

The boil water advisory was lifted Wednesday afternoon for customers on Highway 1778, according to the McKinney Water District.

City of Lexington hiring logistics expert to streamline vaccine distribution

Chuck Mix comes from the private sector to help manage the logistical challenges of the coronavirus vaccine distribution.

UPDATE: Boil Water Advisory lifted for parts of Danville

The advisory was issued Tuesday for customers on nearly a half-dozen streets and roads.

Tobacco settlement money bill advances in Frankfort

The proposed measure heads to the full Senate for consideration.

UPDATE: Victim identified in deadly collision in Knott County

55-year old Georgia Adams, of Isom, was a passenger in a pickup truck that was struck by an SUV, according to KSP.

Former Dean at Lexington Theological Seminary dies

The Rev. Dr. Richard D. Weis was 71-years old.

Clay County man accused of trying to run over woman with car

32-year old Ryan Gibson is accused of trying to hide in a field from authorities and having meth at the time of his arrest, according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

Governor postpones State of the Commonwealth address to Thursday

The governor postponed his speech following the violent protests at the U.S. Capitol.

Kentucky Capitol: Yard signs call for governor’s impeachment

The protest occurred Tuesday as state lawmakers began their 2021 legislative session.

Travel Advisory: Lane closure scheduled on I-64 in Franklin County

The left eastbound lane is scheduled to be closed for rail mowing on Thursday, Jan. 7, according to the state.

UPDATE: Man charged with driving under the influence after deadly collision

Philip Hall, of Eubank, was arrested and charged following a collision that left two Waynesburg women dead, according to KSP.

Travel Alert: Bridge closed in Jessamine County due to safety concerns

The bridge is on Sugar Creek Pike/KY 1268. Detours are in place.

New chairman chosen for Fayette County Board of Education

Tyler Murphy was elected to the Fayette board in 2018.

Handcuffed suspect escapes following arrest in Bell County

The search is on for 22-year old Billy Vanover, of Middlesboro, who escaped Saturday night while being taken to jail, according to WRIL Radio.

Indicted Pulaski County constables face third federal civil suit

The federal civil lawsuits against Gary Baldock and Michael "Wally" Wallace come after their arrest by the FBI on criminal charges last March.

Man reported missing after being gone more than two months

38-year old Aaron C. Hall was last seen October 27, 2020, according to deputies.