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Connecting the Commonwealth

Going Beyond The Headlines To Serve Kentuckians

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Like no other resource, KET’s statewide reach fosters civil conversations that encourage greater understanding of the complex issues facing our state and nation.
“Our public affairs programs explore multi-dimensional issues with diverse viewpoints. We endeavor to inform viewers with what to think about — not what to think,” noted Renee Shaw, KET’s public affairs managing editor.
The host of Kentucky Tonight, Legislative Update, and Connections with Renee Shaw, the 20-year veteran KET journalist says each of these programs provides viewers with exceptional depth.

“KET is a public service. Each public affairs program is executed with journalistic integrity and independence,” she says.

Kentucky Tonight

KET Mondays • 8/7 pm

A mainstay of KET’s public affairs lineup since its debut in 1994, this program features a diverse panel of legislators, experts, and advocates that go beyond the headlines into the complex issues many families discuss at the dinner table.
“Kentucky Tonight is the table that brings together policymakers, stakeholders, advocates, and everyday citizens in a dialogue that moves the state forward,” says Shaw.
“Through this important series, we offer viewers a chance to engage the policymakers who are making crucial decisions affecting our state.”

Legislative Update

KET Monday-Thursday during the session • 11/10 pm
KET Fridays during the session • 8:30/7:30 pm

KET’s nightly report during the regular sessions, Legislative Update connects lawmakers to their constituents and offers unfiltered access to government and policymaking in action. This program distills our gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Kentucky General Assembly to the essential elements of the day’s events.
“We are dedicated to enhancing the civic education of all Kentuckians and providing the proper context and explanation of events to deepen that understanding,” Shaw says.


KET Fridays • 8/7 pm

Producer/host Bill Bryant recaps each week’s major news stories with a panel of working journalists from around the Commonwealth.

Since 1974, reporters have distilled the events shaping our state, providing unique insights and explanations of the stories they cover on a daily basis.

Live coverage of the General Assembly

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Weekdays during the session

Since 1978, KET has brought the business of the state into the homes of Kentuckians through our live legislative coverage. Today, that service continues on KET’s Kentucky Channel and online at, where citizens follow the Kentucky General Assembly through live coverage of committee meetings and House and Senate chamber sessions, as well as archived video from current and past sessions. Gubernatorial addresses also are included.

KET Legislative Coverage App

KET’s Legislative Coverage App is available for iPhone and iPad in the Apple App Store and for Android devices on Google Play.
With this app, you have access to live and archived video of all of these public affairs programs.

The app also features articles and summaries of KET legislative coverage and related public affairs programs, email and social-media sharing functionality for video, and access to the Legislative Research Commission mobile website for directories, bill tracking, and more.