Charles Compton is a 35 year veteran of public radio who has won numerous local, regional and national awards for investigative journalism, features, and science reporting. As a student-reporter, he was at work at a public radio station in Cincinnati, Ohio when NPR introduced "Morning Edition" to the world. He has since reported for public radio stations in Alaska, Washington State, and Idaho. However, much of his career has been in Kentucky where he has reported at four public radio stations. In 1997, Charles helped launch Kentucky Public Radio's story exchange, and chaired the KPR Editorial Board when it established a state house bureau in 2005. He has also served as a national board member for Public Radio News Directors, Inc.