Tony McVeigh, Kentucky Public Radio

Statehouse Bureau Chief - Frankfort

Veteran broadcast journalist Tony McVeigh has been covering Kentucky politics since 1986, reporting for Clear Channel Communications before joining Kentucky Public Radio in 2004.

His stories are aired by seven KPR affiliates, whose signals blanket the Commonwealth and parts of surrounding states.

McVeigh began his broadcasting career at WRFC in Athens, Georgia, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia.

He has extensive anchor/reporter experience, including stints with South Carolina Network and Georgia Radio News Service in Atlanta.

In 2007 and 2008, McVeigh was named Best Radio Reporter in the Kentucky Associated Press Awards. He also picked up consecutive AP Awards for Best Political Coverage. McVeigh won four Kentucky AP Awards in 2009, six in 2010 - including Best Political Coverage and Best Hard News Feature - and three in 2011.

His coverage of the 2007 Kentucky governor's race topped the Political Reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards of 2008. In 2009, McVeigh placed second in Courts and Law Reporting in the Atlanta-based competition for journalists in 11 Southern states.

McVeigh is also the proud recipient of an Individual Liberty Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

The Brunswick, Georgia, native is a die-hard UGA football fan who enjoys photography, astronomy, live music, hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge and exploring the state's beautiful back roads. McVeigh and his big, fat, black cat Simon, reside in Frankfort, KY.

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9:54pm

Thu May 19, 2011
Statehouse News

Marathon Price Gouging Hearing

In Frankfort, two economic experts battled it out in a day long hearing in Kentucky's gas price gouging case against Marathon Petroleum.  The state is accusing Marathon of illegally jacking up gasoline prices during a state of emergency declared on April 26th and still in effect.  The company denies any wrongdoing.

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4:46pm

Wed May 18, 2011
Statehouse News

Assessing the Governor's Race

The top two leaders of the Kentucky House of Representatives are assessing the outcome of Tuesday’s gubernatorial primary.  Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Minority Floor Leader Jeffrey Hoover have been studying the counties captured by Senate President David Williams, who grabbed the Republican nomination. 

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10:29am

Wed May 18, 2011
Statehouse News

It's Beshear vs Williams

It'll be Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear against Senate President David Williams in the fall.   The line up for the November general election was settled last night in the Democratic and Republican primaries.  Beshear had no primary opposition, but he roused a crowd of several hundred in Frankfort, with a litany of his accomplishments in his first three and a half years in office.

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12:33pm

Mon May 16, 2011
Statehouse News

Price Gouging Hearing to Continue

Nothing was resolved at a Frankfort hearing in Kentucky's price gouging case against Marathon Oil.  Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate is in the middle of a murder trial, and rescheduled the Marathon case for Thursday morning.

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2:35pm

Fri May 13, 2011
Statehouse News

Conway Says Marathon Oil Price Gouging

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Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway is accusing Marathon Petroleum Company of price gouging during a state of emergency.  The legal brief has been added to an ongoing lawsuit against Marathon for alleged price gouging during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

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6:54pm

Thu May 12, 2011
Statehouse News

Tourism Boosting Kentucky's Economy

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There’s another encouraging sign on Kentucky’s economic front.  Tourism is up.  Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Marcheta Sparrow says tourism had an $11 billion impact on Kentucky’s economy last year.  That’s an almost five percent increase over the previous year. 

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4:42pm

Wed May 11, 2011
Statehouse News

Crowded Field for Tuesday's Primary

 

Kentucky voters Tuesday will decide contested primary races for six, statewide constitutional  offices.  Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh assesses the crowded field of candidates.

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8:39am

Wed May 11, 2011
Statehouse News

State Predicts 10% Voter Turnout

Secretary of State Elaine Walker is predicting low voter turnout for Tuesday’s primary election in Kentucky, even though voter registration numbers are up.  A record 2.9 million Kentuckians are now registered to vote. That’s 11,000 more than in the 2008 General Election, the previous record. But getting voters excited about Tuesday’s primary appears to be a tough sale, says Secretary of State Elaine Walker. She’s predicting voter turnout of around nine to ten percent.

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9:47pm

Tue May 10, 2011
Statehouse News

Ky Still on Road to Recovery

Kentucky continues to show positive gains in state revenue receipts.  Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh has the latest tax collection numbers.

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1:08pm

Tue May 10, 2011
Statehouse News

State Police Get Training Center

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has decided to close a minimum security prison and make it a training academy for Kentucky State Police. Beshear says the state no longer needs the Frankfort Career Development Center, which houses 205 low-risk inmates.

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3:00pm

Mon May 9, 2011
Statehouse News

Ethics Commission Punts on Lobbyist Issue

The question of whether or not a registered lobbyist should serve on Kentucky’s State Board of Elections remains unresolved.  Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh says the ethics board that considered the question deferred action.

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4:58pm

Fri May 6, 2011
Statehouse News

Derby Breakfast Sees Major Cutbacks

Rising costs have put the kibosh on the annual, state-funded Governor's Derby Breakfast at the State Capitol. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh says it's now more of a festival, and the location has changed.

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1:35pm

Thu May 5, 2011
Statehouse News

Ky Insurance Officials Head South

Aid assistance in the wake of natural disasters comes in many forms.  And as Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh reports, sometimes it involves sending qualified individuals to places like tornado-wracked Alabama to help field insurance questions. 

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4:55pm

Wed May 4, 2011
Statehouse News

Floral Clock Strikes Golden

The floral clock on the grounds of the Kentucky State Capitol is 50 years old.  A golden anniversary celebration at the clock today attracted more than 200 people, including Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh.

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10:19am

Wed April 27, 2011
Civil War Sesquicentennial

Civil War: Are Jefferson Davis' Days Numbered?

A fascinating footnote of Civil War history is the fact that the President of the United States at the time, and the President of the Confederacy, were both born in Kentucky. And as Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh reports, a constant reminder of that fact continues to cause some Kentuckians considerable consternation...(Listen above)

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