“The goal of Connections is to focus on what’s right with a culturally blended society,” says host and producer Renee Shaw. “Instead of just harping on what’s wrong in our minority communities—as is so often seen in mainstream media—we hope Connections will afford us the time to really discuss the issues with the people who are out there making things happen.”
In 1997, Renee Shaw began her career at KET as a public policy reporter and associate producer. In 2005, she launched the first statewide minority affairs program on KET, Connections with Renee Shaw. As one of KET's public affairs program producers, Renee is producer/managing editor and host of KET's legislative coverage, co-hosts election night coverage, hosts KET’s health series, and produces numerous other issue-centered programs at KET. She also produced KET’s longest running public affairs program, Comment on Kentucky, for more than a decade.
A former adjunct professor of media writing at Georgetown College, Renee has trained journalists in Southeast Asia on reporting principles and standards and produced multi-media, issue and public policy reports for a national news service. She travels across the state moderating public issues forums and speaking about diversity, media, political and state legislative matters.
Renee Shaw is a native of Portland, Tennessee. She graduated from Western Kentucky University in 1994 with baccalaureate degrees in broadcast journalism and political science, and earned her master’s degree in corporate communications in 1996. She worked for years as an award-winning reporter and associate producer with WKU’s Public Broadcasting Service, WKYU-TV and WKYU-FM.
Connections with Renee Shaw is a KET production. The program is closed-captioned for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Follow Renee on Twitter:@ReneeKET.