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Ten outstanding journalists to be inducted into Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame on March 31

A Pulitzer Prize winner, three television journalists, a Kentucky state government reporter, a Washington Post columnist, a longtime community journalist, a Washington, D.C.-based  journalist, a journalism educator, and one of Kentucky’s longest-tenured sports reporters make up the 40th class of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame. This year’s induction ceremony will be held March 31 at the University...

Billy Reed, legendary Kentucky sportswriter and journalist, joins KyForward as sports columnist

Legendary sportswriter Billy Reed is joining the KyForward’s strong stable of experienced journalists as a weekly columnist writing on all things sports. Reed reported for the Louisville Courier Journal and for Sports Illustrated for many years, covering 15 sports and earning the cover spot on SI 12 times. “KyForward welcomes Billy Reed to our team,” said Jacob Clabes, KyForward...

Long-time Kentucky journalist, political commentator Al Cross joins KyForward as regular columnist

Al Cross, a Kentucky journalist with a long, distinguished career, has joined KyForward as a regular columnist. His column will appear at least twice-monthly at KyForward and its sister publication, NKyTribune.com, and is offered to publications throughout the Commonwealth, free of charge with attribution. KyForward and NKyTribune are published by the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism “We...

Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame to induct six new members in April 9 ceremony at Griffin Gate Marriott

A transformational media executive, a woman who inherited a newspaper when her husband died, a highly respected Capitol reporter, a copy editor on prize-winning magazine work, a longtime TV reporter and editor, a veteran reporter and editor — this is just part of the story behind this year’s inductees in the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame. A total of six journalists who have made contributions...

Farrell, Mastin among nine new members to be inducted into Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame

Nine new members will join the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame Friday, April 28. They will be inducted at a luncheon ceremony sponsored by the University of Kentucky’s School of Journalism and Media and the UK School of Journalism Alumni Association. The new inductees being recognized for their contributions to journalism are:   — Dr. Mike Farrell, professor of journalism at the University...

Award-winning public television producer, reporter, editor and Winchester native Grant dies at 72

William R. Grant, an award-winning producer of some of public television’s most successful programs, died May 15 in Atlanta of complications from pneumonia. He was 72. Mr. Grant, who in 2001 was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame, spent 28 years working in television after 18 years as a reporter and editor for newspapers in Kentucky, Michigan and California.  He won numerous...

Former Pulitzier Prize winner Henderson, KyForward columnist Straub headline Hall of Fame inductees

A Louisville native who won a Pulitzer Prize while working for the Wall Street Journal and a former White House/political correspondent for Scripps Howard News Service who now writes a column for KyForward head the 2016 class of inductees for the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame. Angelo B. Henderson, a 1985 graduate of the University of Kentucky who died in 2014 of a pulmonary embolism, will be inducted...

Hunter S. Thompson essay from 1970:
‘The Derby is Decadent and Depraved’

This drawing was ‘Sketched with eyebrow pencil and lipstick by Ralph Steadman.’   The following excerpted essay, written by famed journalist and new inductee into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame, was originally published in Scanlan’s Monthly, vol. 1, no. 4, June 1970. The text of this essay was taken from the book The Great Shark Hunt, Gonzo Papers, Vol. 1, “Strange Tales...