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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.

Man Treats Multiple Sclerosis As Stepping Stone Instead of Stumbling Block

Lexington Restaurateur Terry Netherton wages a daily personal battle against Multiple Sclerosis with medicine, diet, exercise and a positive attitude. We found his inspiring story along Kentucky's Backroads.

Update: Man Charged With Murdering Russell County Woman

State Police have charged Christopher Allman, 28, of Jamestown, with the murder of Sarah Hart, who disappeared while jogging Thursday morning in Russell County.

Portion Of Leestown Road Shutdown Due To Water Main Break

Leestown Road is temporarily shutdown between Robinson Way and Westhampton Drive due to a water main break. Alexandria Drive is shutdown at Trailwood Lane.

Motorcycle Crash Injures Man Near Campton

State Police said John Haddix lost control of his motorcycle on Sky Bridge Road near Campton on Wednesday and hit a tree. He was airlifted to U.K. Hospital.

New State Police Cruisers Will Be Chevys Instead Of Fords

The Kentucky State Police is switching from Ford to Chevrolet as the agency buys 125 new cruisers at a cost of more than $3 million.

Versailles Man Charged With Child Sexual Exploitation

Juan Reyes-Ramos, 30, of Versailles, was arrested Tuesday and charged with child sexual exploitation, according to State Police.

Update: Suspects Identified In Franklin County Home Invasion

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office has identified Terrin Reynolds and Dante Johnson as the two suspects who are accused of a violent home invasion.

Update: Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Opens Death Investigation

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office is now investigating the death of a Frankfort woman whose body was pulled from the Kentucky River last week.

Update: Former Ben-Gals Cheerleader Sex Abuse Trial Postponed

The sex abuse trial of former Cincinnati Ben-Gals cheerleader Sarah Jones has been postponed until October.

Chester Grundy Laid Off At U.K. After Three Decades

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that Chester Grundy, the Director of the Martin Luther King Cultural Center at U.K., has been laid off by the school.

‘City Barbeque’ To Open In Lexington This Friday

City Barbeque is scheduled to open on Richmond Road this Friday. The restaurant chain has been around since 1999.

Laurel Sheriff: Illegal Gambling Operation Uncovered Outside London

Four people were arrested, illegal gambling machines confiscated and nearly $10,000 seized during an investigation at a building just outside of London Tuesday afternoon, according to the Laurel County Sheriff's Office.

U.K. Logo Shows Up In Louisville Football Locker Room Urinals

It's a sight that is sure to fire up the Solid Blue faithful. It seems Louisville head football coach Charlie Strong has added a U.K. logo to the urinals in the U of L football locker room.

Limiting Use Of Lasix Debated At Town Hall Meeting

The Kentucky Racing Commission heard from the public at a town hall meeting Tuesday afternoon on limiting the use of the anti-bleeding drug Lasix in horse racing.

KSU: Tuition Hike, Hiring Freeze To Balance Budget

Kentucky State University said it had balanced its budget with a tuition increase, hiring freeze and tapping reserve funds.

Coal Miners And Environmentalists On Collision Course At EPA Hearing

Coal miners and environmentalists held separate protests prior to a scheduled federal EPA hearing on Kentucky mine permits Tuesday evening. It was jobs versus the environment.

Police: Accused ‘Short Change Artist’ Arrested

Lexington Police arrested Jeffrey John Ruby, who is accused of short changing clerks at nearly a dozen Lexington businesses.

SUV Stuck In The Mud Leads To Arrest

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office said Jeffery Root's SUV got stuck in the mud because it was weighed down by suspected stolen metal plates from railroad tracks.

3rd Annual Lexington Jazz Festival A Big Hit

It was a beautiful day in a beautiful setting to hear some beautiful music at the 3rd Annual Lexington Jazz Festival.

Lawrenceburg Man Dies In Motorcycle Accident

State Police said Gary Martin of Lawrenceburg lost control of his motorcycle on a curve on Kentucky 11 in the Slade area of Powell County Sunday afternoon. He died at the scene.