Joe Riley

President & CEO

Prior to joining KWBU in 2009, Riley served at Maine Public Broadcasting Network as Vice President Director of Television and at Nashville Public Television as Director of Local Programming and Production, and had earlier been Director of Production at KUAC in Fairbanks, Alaska. Raised in South Carolina, Riley holds a bachelor's degree in English from Furman University.


As of September, short-term health insurance plans are now being offered for longer periods.


Help may be on the way to ease the frustation of dealing with electronic health records.


Baylor’s  graduate and professional programs are poised to grow rapidly as Baylor builds on the aspirations of Illuminate, the university’s academic strategic plan. President Linda Livingstone paints a picture of the impact of those programs, both on and off campus, and how their growth will enhance Baylor’s research and influence in the years to come.


During a recent visit to Waco, Dr. Rana Awdish, author of In Shock, came to the KWBU studio for an extended conversation about the relationship between physician and patient.  That relationship is at the heart of medial care and Dr. Awdish knows boths sides.  Glenn Robinson, Baylor Scott and White Hillcrest president hosted.  This conversation was recorded November 5, 2018.  


Quality in healthcare no longer simply refers to the standard of clinical care provided within a hospital or clinic.


Social media has changed the way people consume and disseminate information. In this Baylor Connections, Dr. Mia Moody-Ramirez examines modern communication from a number of angles. Dr. Moody-Ramirez, a leading researcher in social media and politics, stereotypes found on social media and media framing of women and people of color, serves as a professor and Graduate Studies Director in Baylor Journalism, Public Relations and New Media.


From wars to natural disasters, or other mass casualty events, we've become increasingly aware of the toll such tragedies take not only on victims, but on those whom we rely on for help. 


Krys Boyd, host of THINK was in Waco for some KWBU membership appreciation events.  She also gave us a chance to get to know her better as she made time for this conversation with Carl Hoover, entertainment reporter for the Waco Tribune Herald.  This program was recorded October 26, 2018.


Striving to be a “solid gold neighbor,” Baylor University partners with local organizations throughout Central Texas for the betterment of the community. Jeremy Vickers, Associate Vice President for External Affairs, explains how Baylor builds meaningful community engagement in areas like education, public service, economic development and more.


Joe Riley

Yesterday, Baylor announced the launch of “Give Light,” a $1.1 billion campaign for Baylor’s future. Vice President for Advancement Dave Rosselli shares how this historic campaign will position Baylor as a preeminent Christian research university and support the aspirations of Illuminate, Baylor’s academic strategic plan. Learn more about how “Give Light” will lead to exciting new facilities and build on Baylor’s historic strengths in this Baylor Connections.


What does it mean to oversee the research policy of a Christian research university? As Baylor’s Vice Provost for Research, Dr. Truell Hyde works with faculty across campus to encourage and support meaningful research that impacts the world around us. Hyde shares how Baylor faculty come together to advance important scholarly agendas, and explains how research benefits the Waco and Central Texas community.

A student’s earliest experiences with a university can positively impact the trajectory of their college career. As director of Baylor New Student Programs, Nathan Shelburne and his team provide intentional opportunities for students to connect, plug in and build friendships on campus. In this Baylor Connections, Shelburne explains how programs like Orientation, Line Camp and Welcome Week help students discover their place in the Baylor Family.

Baylor’s unambiguously Christian educational environment uniquely positions the University to impact the world around us. Through dynamic classroom experiences, meaningful research, service experiences and more, Baylor lights shine bright around the globe. In her monthly Baylor Connections visit, President Livingstone shares why the world needs a place like Baylor.

More than 2400 Baylor students represent the first generation of their family to attend college. Mito Diaz-Espinoza is the Program Manager for Baylor First in Line, which serves those students through a variety of resources to assist their transition to college life. Diaz-Espinoza, himself the first member of his family to attend college, shares the struggles and joys of first-generation students and the ways they enrich the Baylor Family.

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