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Kentucky Newspaper Editors

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This project was done in conjunction with two others: Kentucky County Judges and Kentucky School Superintendents. The purpose of the three projects was to document Kentucky politics by interviewing politically astute members of the local power structure (judges and school superintendents) and observers of local politics (newspaper editors and owners).

Journalists discuss politics in their counties, their roles and influence in the history of their counties, and their personal histories and careers. Almost all Kentucky counties are represented.

Items in the Kentucky Newspaper Editors Project

In this interview, Randall Fields, former Editor of the Richmond Daily Register, discusses his duties as editor, the different stories he covered, and his relationship with EKU.

This oral history discusses the early life and career of Fred Burkhard. He was the former editor and publisher of the Casey County News. The interview is the first of a three part series.

This oral history discusses issues within the Casey County community. Mr. Burkhard also talks about his responsibilities as an editor, his writing style, and different types of printing. The interview is the second of a three part series.

This oral history highlights some of Fred Burkhard's stories during his career. It also discusses the logistics of running a community newspaper, and some of his relationships with people in the community. The interview is the third of a three part…

This oral history involves Sonny & Judy Branham, the publishers and editors of Cumberland County News. It describes their backgrounds, interests in news, as well as the role and function of a community paper.

This oral history discusses the background and career of Alan Gibson, the assistant editor of the Clinton County News. It describes his views on issues in the community as well as the major issues.

This oral history discusses the career of A.B. Gibson, the editor and publisher of Clinton County News. Mr. Gibson describes his early career in the business, as well as the responsibility of a county paper.

In this oral history, Mr. Waggener, Editor-Publisher of Waggener-Walker Newspapers, Inc., discusses the way in which he operates his newspapers and the services they provide.

In this oral history, Mrs. Terry Norfleet, publisher of the Russel Springs Times Journal, discusses the problems of running a newspaper and social problems of Russel County.

In this oral history, Daniel Bennett, the editor for the Richmond Daily Register, discusses the advertising aspect of the paper as well as the endorsement and editorial policies of the newspaper.

In this oral history, Mr. David Shew, assistant publisher of the Richmond Daily Register, discusses The Eastern Accent, a newspaper he started, as well as his job and the decision makers in Madison Co.

In this interview, Mrs. Margaret Keith, editor of the Sentinel Echo, discusses her background as well as her early life around the newspaper. She discusses events and decision makers in Laurel County.

In this interview, Mr. Luke Keith, publisher of the Sentinel Echo, discusses his background, early life, and his role as the publisher of the Sentinel Echo. He is the husband to Margaret Keith.

In this interview, Mr. Enos Swain, retired editor of Danville Advocate Messenger, reflects on his years at the paper as well as the newspaper people he was associated with during this time.

In this interview, Ms. Mary Schurz, editor of the Danville Advocate Messenger, discusses her association with the Messenger and advice for young people wanting to get in the newspaper business.

In this interview, Mr. Clyde Underwood, publisher of the Wayne County Outlook, recollects on his early life, Naval service during WWII, and his newspaper experiences.

In this interview, Ms. Rachel Kamuf, editor of the Whitley Republican, recollects her early life as well as her move to Williamsburg. She further discusses problems and issues in the county.

In this interview, Mr. James Crawford, editor of The Corbin Times Tribune, discusses the daily operation of his newspaper, and problems involved with reporting the news.

In this interview, Mr. John L. Crawford, publisher of the Corbin Times Tribune, recollects on his many years in the newspaper business.

In this interview, Mr. Tim Cornett, former editor of The Pineville Sun and Cumberland Courier, discusses his years with the paper. He became the editor of the paper at age 17.

In this interview, Mr. Richard Trimble, editor of the Barbourville Mountain Advocate, recollects on his long and varied career as a newsman, and discusses his duties as a newspaper editor.

In this interview, Mr. Lou Derossett, editor of the Middlesboro Daily News, recollects his experiences as a newsman, and discusses the operation of a daily newspaper.

In this interview, Larry C. Timbs, Jr., editor of the Casey County News, discusses his education and newspaper experience and the routine of publishing his newspaper.

In this interview, W. Bruce Ayers, editor of the Tri-City News, discusses the routine of operating a newspaper and his interests in being a newsman. He is a professor at Southeast Community College.

In this interview, Mr. Ewell Balltrip, associate editor of the Harlan Daily Enterprise, discusses his basic duties and reflects on some of the problems in Harlan County.

In this Interview, Charles House, editor of the Manchester Herald, places great emphasis on the coal industry's impact on Clay County's economy. He also discusses his background and publishing routine.

In this interview, Anthony White, editor of the Estill County Citizen's Voice, discusses his personal background as well as the paper itself.

In this interview, Larry Caldwell, editor of the Stanford Interior Journal, discusses his background and the problems of publishing a newspaper. He also discusses his family's purchase of the paper.

In this interview, Jane Hutton, editor and publisher of The Harrodsburg Herald, discusses the logistics of publishing a weekly newspaper, as well as the newspapers' responsibility to the community.

In this interview, Jerlene Rose, editor of the Clay City Times, discusses the logistics of running a weekly paper and gives a good background of Powell County.

In this interview, Louise Hatmaker, editor and publisher of the Jackson Times and the Beattyville Enterprise, comments on her activities as an editor and as a publisher.

In this interview, George Joplin, III, managing editor of the Commonwealth Journal, discusses his background and the history of the newspaper. He also discusses good newspapers and newspapermen in KY.

In this interview, Ed Easterly, owner-editor of the Jessamine Journal, discusses his background and his decision to settle in Jessamine County. He also discusses some of his most interesting stories and particular Jessamine County problems.

In this interview, Reba Baker, advertising editor for The Leslie County News, discusses how her and her husband acquired the paper from James Nolan. She also comments on problems in Leslie County.

In this interview, James Edelen, editor of the Sentinel News, discusses the rising cost of publishing a paper and the main role of the newspaper in the community.

In this interview, James Burdine, Editor/ Publisher of The Observer, discusses his education, military service, his positions held at various newspapers, and The Observer itself. Burdine also comments extensively on various newspapers.

In this interview, Robert Watson, Editor of the Hazard Herald Voice, reflects on his many years in the newspaper business and the papers that he has been associated with. He also discusses his education and military service, and the differences…

In this interview, Bennett Roach, Retired Newspaper Editor in Shelby County, discusses his education, positions he's held in his career, World War II, and Ed Waggener.

In this interview, James Owen, Editor of The Henry County Local, discusses the Miss America Pageant, awards that he has received, the circulation of the paper, and his staff.

In this interview, Lee Cochran, Editor of The News Herald, discusses her background, circulation trends, the importance of advertising, and many issues within the Owen County community.

In this interview, Dorothy Abernathy, Editor of the Oldham Era, discusses her background, relationship with Landmark Inc., her staff, and the role of the Oldham Era.

In this interview, Paul Meadows, Editor of the Carrollton News Democrat, discusses his personal background, the logistics of printing a paper, his staff, and his positions prior to getting into the newspaper business.

In this interview, Paul Hensley, Editor of the Candlestick News, discusses the problems of publishing a small newspaper, and Leslie County industry and developmental trends.

In this interview, Sara Falls, Editor of the Express News, discusses her personal background, career, and Pike County.

In this interview, Howard Greene, Editor of the Mount Sterling Advocate, discusses his early life and a history of the newspaper. He also comments on various issues in the county.

In this interview, Warren Onken, Publisher of the Mount Sterling Advocate, discusses his early life and his interest in the newspaper business.

In this interview, Joel Wilson, Editor of the Glasgow Daily Times, reflects on his background and his position at the newspaper.

In this interview, David Thompson, Editor of the Georgetown News and Times, discusses his newspaper and various aspects of Scott County.

In this interview, Claude Brock, co-editor of the Magnet, discusses his personal background and the newspaper itself. He also comments on occasional editorials they print.

In this two part interview, Dolly Brock, the business manager and publisher of the Magnet, discuss her personal backgrounds and the newspaper, which the Brocks owned since 1948.

In this interview, Stanley Champer, Editor of the Ashland Daily Independent, discusses his personal background and extensive newspaper career, ownership changes of the newspaper, and the major issues and decision makers in Boyd County.

In this interview, Norman Allen, Editor of the Floyd County Times, discusses his personal background, newspaper career, and the history of the paper. He also comments on many problems in Floyd County.

In this interview, William Blakeman, Editor of the Winchester Sun, discusses the history of the newspaper along with issues within Clark County.

In this interview, Robert Bass, Editor of Greenup News, discusses his background and early career, and his positions prior to becoming Editor. He also comments extensively on Greenup County community issues.

In this interview, Thomas Stultz, Editor of the Greenup County Sentinel, discusses his education, religion, and the newspaper business. He also discusses the decision makers and needs of Greenup County.

In this interview, Jeanie Scott, Editor of the Paris Daily Enterprise, discusses her background, the newspaper she oversees, and many issues within the Paris community.

In this interview, Frank Warnock, Editor of the Cynthiana Democrat, discusses his education, his previous position at another paper, the staff of the Cynthiana Democrat, and the type of news that is printed. He also discusses various community…

In this interview, Earl Kinner, Jr., Editor of the Licking Valley News, discusses the paper and other newspapers he and his family own, the circulation of the three papers, and the needs of Morgan County.

In this interview, Linda Denton, Editor of the Bath County News Outlook, discusses her background, education, and how she became the Editor of the paper. She also explains her duties as editor, the history of the paper, and relevant problems in Bath…

In this interview, Charles Whittaker, Editor of Letcher Community Press and Knott County News, discusses his personal background, early career, and the history of the paper. He also comments on the types of withheld news, and the advantages and…

In this interview, Ronald Caudill, Executive Vice-President of Kentucky Publishing Company and 50% owner of Morehead News, discusses how he got started in the business, his educational background, and various issues in the community.

In this interview, Betty Caudill, Managing Editor of the Kentucky Publishing Company, discusses her background, community issues, and the exhaustive work that goes into the Morehead News and the four other newspapers that the KPC oversees.

In this interview, Russell Metz, Publisher of the Bath County News Outlook discusses his personal background and early career, Bath County decision makers, and the Kentucky Press Association.

In this interview, Moss Vance, Editor of the Woodford Sun, discusses his background and the history of the newspaper. He also discusses the decision makers and needs of Woodford County.

In this interview, Margorie Denton, Assistant Editor of the Flemingsburg Gazette, discusses her personal background, newspapers in the county, and the newspaper business.

In this interview, George Hamby, Editor of the Times Democrat, discusses his background, education, and how he got into the newspaper business. He also comments on the history of the paper, editorials he has written, and the needs of the county.

In this interview, Laurnie Caproni, editor of the Ledger Independent, discusses how she got into the newspaper business as well as various issues within the community.

In this interview, James Striplin, Publisher of the Ledger Independent, discusses publishing a community newspaper as well as the most urgent needs in the county. He also discusses his feelings about the newspaper business and the growth of the…

In this interview, Cammy Owens, Editor/ Publisher of Magoffin County News, discusses his personal background, as well as how he got into the newspaper business. He also discusses politics in the county and comments on other community issues.

In this interview, Tim Bostic, Editor of the Salyersville Independent, discusses Magoffin County, his personal background and his position as Mayor of the city. He also discusses his relationship with other politicians and the local school system.

In this interview, Warren Fisher, Publisher and Owner of the Carlisle Mercury, discusses his early life and education. He also discusses the newspaper's role in the community, the county school system and its administrators, and various Nicholas…

In this interview, Andrew Telli, the Sports and Front Page Editor of the Boone County Recorder, discusses his personal background, education, and duties as the editor of the paper. He also discusses the newspaper's role in Boone County, and the…

In this interview, Danny Sexton, Editor of the Johnson County Journal, discusses his personal background and education, the paper and its staff, local decision makers, and issues within the community.

In this interview, James Munson, Editor of the Bracken County News and the Robertson County Review, discusses his personal background and his career in editing. He also discusses various needs and issues in Bracken County.

In this interview, Warren Shonert, Editor of the Falmouth Outlook, discusses the history of the city of Falmouth and Pendleton County. He comments extensively on his newspaper staff and his life experiences in the interview.

In this interview, Charles Warnick, Editor of the Gallatin County News, discusses his background and education, his career prior to becoming an editor, "chains" newspapers, and issues in Gallatin County.

In this interview, Susan Arena, Editor of the Grant County News and the Campbell County News, discusses her background and the responsibilities of being an editor of small and large papers.

In this interview, Albert Dix, Publisher of the State Journal, discusses his background, the problems of running a newspaper in a capital city, and the type of news that is covered in the paper.

In this interview, Ina Wilson, Editor of the Lewis County Herald, discusses her background, education, and how she "got into" the newspaper business. She also discusses the history of the paper, and problems and issues within the local community.

In this interview, Eugene Marvin, Jr., Editor of the Big Sandy News, discusses his personal background and his experience in the newspaper business. He also talks about community issues and his main concerns with the community.

In this interview, Gene McCutcheon, Editor of the Murray Ledger, discusses his personal background and the responsibility of the newspaper to the community. Mr. McCutcheon also discusses Calloway County issues.

In this interview, Jo Westpheling, Editor of the Hickman Courier, discusses many issues in the community including school boards and judges.

In this interview, Lowell Hobby, Editor and Owner of the Caldwell County Times, discusses his background, the history of the paper, the newspaper industry, and various Caldwell County issues.

In this interview, Gerald Matera, Editor of the Hart County News, the Hart County Herald, and the Barren County Progress, discusses his three papers, local correspondents, and his personal reactions when he moved to Kentucky from White Plains, New…

In this interview, Paul Mick, Editor of the Crittenden Press, discusses his personal background, his "getting into" the newspaper business, the history of the newspaper, the types of news he prints, and the Kentucky Press Association.

In this interview, Paul Monsour and John W. Munford, Editors of the Union County Advocate, discuss their personal backgrounds, the types of news printed, and local correspondence. They also discuss their relationship with the school system, and the…

In this interview, Roberta Foust, Editor of the Tribune Courier, discusses her education, job experience, and the community responsibility of the paper. She also comments on political issues and major Marshall County problems, such as a lack of…

In this interview, Keith Perry, Editor of the Hickman County Gazette, discusses his education and early life, the history of the paper, local decision makers, and issues and topics within the community.

In this interview, Windell Givens, Managing Editor of the Mayfield Messenger, discusses his personal background, work history, and the history of the newspaper. He also discusses various issues within the county.

in this interview, Michael Waits, Editor of the Cadiz Record, discusses publishing and owning the paper, the history of the paper, and the most pressing needs of the county.

In this interview, Juliette Magee, Editor of the Advanced Yeoman, discusses her background, education, the history of the paper she owns, and various community problems and concerns.

In this interview, Beth Bowels, Editor of the Carlisle News, discusses the history of the newspaper, her responsibilities as the Editor, and the Kentucky Press Association.

In this interview, Ava Siener, Editor of the Livingston Ledger, discusses her personal background, the history of the newspaper, the type of news that is printed, the Livingston County Schools, and the Kentucky Press Association.

In this interview, Ophelia Lowe, Editor of the Shopper's News, discusses how she "got into" the newspaper business, the history and growth of the paper, the Kentucky Press Association, and decision makers in the county.

In this interview, Rita Mitchell, City Editor of the Fulton Daily Leader, discusses the history of the paper, the type of news printed, the responsibility of the paper, and issues in the community.

In this interview, Ronald Beane, Publisher of the Greenville-Central City Leader News, discusses his duties and writing for the paper, the responsibility of being a small town newspaper, and issues within Muhlenberg County.

In this interview, Larry Craig, Editor of the Green River Republican, discusses how he got started in the newspaper business and issues revolving around the paper and the community.

In this interview, Robert Carter, Publisher of the Kentucky New Era, discusses his education, the history of the paper, and many issues within the community.

In this interview, Kenneth Stanley, Editor and Publisher of the Louisville Defender, discusses his personal background and how this paper is the only Black newspaper in the state. He also discusses his normal work week and the type of news printed.

In this interview, Roger Harris, Editor of the Louisville Scripps-Howard Newspapers, discusses the newspaper company, type of news printed, the circulation of the paper, and the Kentucky Press Association.

In this interview, Jane Willis, Editor of the Meade County Messenger, discusses her education, the Meade County Messenger, the Kentucky Press Association, as well as many community and political related issues in Meade County.

In this interview, David McBride, Editor of the Ohio County Times, discusses his getting into the newspaper business, the history of the newspaper, and his relationships with the school systems and Fiscal Court. He also comments on industry in the…

In this interview, Gerald Lush, Editor of the Hardin County News/Enterprise, discusses his education, "chain newspapers", the type of news printed in his paper, and many county related issues.

In this interview, W.M. Ellison, Assistant Managing Editor of the Louisville Courier Journal, discusses his personal background and the "power of the press". He also discusses the history of the newspaper as well as a "country newspaper."

In this interview, Michael Patton, Editor of the Allen County News, discusses his early life and education, why the paper is successful, and the problems and pressures of a small-town newspaper. He also discusses many county decision makers and…

In this interview, Wilma DeSpain, News Editor for the Greensburg Record Herald, discusses her personal background, the history of the paper and the merger with another paper, and issues within the county.

In this interview, Celia and Robert McDonald, Editors of the Larue County Herald News, discuss their background and education. They also discuss decision makers and outstanding people in the community.

In this interview, Walter Dear, III, Editor of the Henderson Gleaner, discusses his education and background in newspapers, his relationship with county officials, and the effects of the Ohio River on Henderson County.

In this interview, Joy Campbell, Editor of the McLean County News, discusses her personal background, relationship with the school system, and the Kentucky Press Association.

In this interview, James Allen, Editor of the Grayson County Gazette, discusses his education, the paper, and its circulation. He also discusses various problems in the county, including corruption in City Hall. Allen also comments extensively on his…

In this interview, Brucie Beard, Editor of the Breckenridge County Herald News, discusses her personal background and how she "got into" the newspaper business. She also discusses problems in the county and county decision makers.

In this interview, George Trotter, Editor of the Kentucky Standard, discusses his personal background, history of the newspaper, the type of news that is printed, and the awards that his paper has won.

In this interview, Paul Kanue, Editor of the Kentucky Post, discusses his education, how he "got into" the business, the history of the paper, and many problems in the community.

In this interview, Greg Travis, Editor of the Marshall County Messenger, discusses his personal background as well as the history of the newspaper itself. He also discusses the responsibilities of a small community paper and decision makers in the…

In this interview, Lucinda Patton, Editor of the Princeton Leader, discusses her background, the responsibility of the paper to the community, along with various issues within the community. In addition, Mr. and Mrs. Hutchenson, previous Princeton…

In this interview, Steven Lowery, Editor of the Lebanon Enterprise, discusses his background, his newspaper career, and various issues within the community, including the Cornucopia Institute, Makers Mark Distillery, and the Sisters of Loretto.

In this interview, Richard Robards, Editor of the Central Kentucky News Journal, discusses being hired at this newspaper, as well as the size of the paper and the type of news printed. He also discusses his relationship with many city and county…

In this interview, Frances Baccus, Editor of the Lyon County Herald Ledger, discusses her decision to buy the paper, the early days of the paper, as well as the needs and power structure of Lyon County.

In this interview, Paul Gottbrath, Editor of the Springfield Sun, discusses his personal background, education, and how he "got into" the newspaper business. He further discusses the history of the newspaper, and the news that is printed.

In this interview, James Moran, Editor Emeritus of the Springfield Sun, discusses his personal background, the newspaper, and how he "got into" the newspaper business. He also discusses many political issues.

In this interview, William Canty, Publisher-Editor of the Edmonson News, discusses his personal background, his newspaper career, and the types of news printed in the paper. He also discusses various issues and people in the Edmonson County.

In this interview, Myron Worley, Editor of the Pioneer News, discusses the history of the Pioneer News, the type of news that is printed in the paper, and the paper's editorial policy. He also discusses many issues in the county, major decision…

In this interview, Tom Clinton, Editor of the Madisonville Messenger, discusses his education, the paper, the type of news printed, and the mining industry in the county. He also comments on the Kentucky Press Association and the "power of the…

In this interview, Donald White, Editor of the Anderson News, discusses his education, newspaper career, the Anderson News, and many other community related topics, such as recreation access and county growth.

In this interview, Ms. Perlina Anderkin, editor of The Mount Vernon Signal, discusses the logistics of putting out a paper, her work week, and many issues within Rockcastle County.

This oral history discusses the early life, family history, and career of Ernest Lawson, the former editor of the Cumberland County News.

In this interview, Ms. Virginia Davis, editor of the McCreary County Record, discusses her association with many other newspapers across the south-eastern US as well as her work with the Record.

In this interview, Mr. Bill Simpson, editor of the Wayne County Outlook, recollects on his many years of experience with the newspaper. He also discusses how the paper is organized and printed.

In this interview, James Nolan, editor and owner of the Manchester Enterprise, comments on his experience as a journalist. He also details the routine for publishing a newspaper.

In this interview, Guy Hatfield, publisher of the Estill County Citizen's Voice, recollects on his years in the newspaper business. He also discusses his decision to go into journalism.

In this interview, James Whittaker, managing editor of the Central Record, gives the logistics of publishing a weekly paper. He also discusses former Casey County News editor Fred Burkhard.

In this interview, Allan Perry, Editor of the Paintsville Herald, discusses his background as well as his early life and career. He also discusses the paper's responsibilities and circulation, the 1970's coal boom and the corresponding Johnson County…

In this interview, Michael Farrell, City Editor of the Kentucky Post, discusses his personal background, getting into the newspaper business, the local school system, and the city of Covington. He also discusses the newspaper, its competitors, and…

In this interview, Blanche Trimble, Editor of the Tomkinsville News, discusses her background, printing and history of the paper, local politics and decision makers, and other community issues.

In this interview, Homer Marcum, Editor of the Martin Countain, discusses his personal background, Martin County, the Kentucky Press Association, and the most interesting stories that he has written.

In this interview, Stan Portman, Editor of the Franklin Favorite, discusses his personal background, how he got started in the business, the history of the paper, problems in the community, and advantages of belonging to the Kentucky Press…

In this interview, Evelyn Boone, Editor of the Todd County Standard, discusses her beginning in the newspaper, the history of the paper, and her responsibility to the community. Ms. Boone also discusses community issues and the benefits of the…

In this interview, Ray Gaines, Editor of the Park City Daily News, discusses how he grew up in the newspaper business, the history of the newspaper, and the different jobs in the newspaper business he has had over the years.

In this interview, Al Smith, Owner-Publisher of the Russelville News Democrat, Russellville-Logan Leader, Green River Republican, Leithchfield News Gazette, Cadiz Record, and the Harpath Herald, details his personal background and family history,…

In this interview, Al Smith, Owner-Publisher of the Russelville News Democrat, Russellville-Logan Leader, Green River Republican, Leithchfield News Gazette, Cadiz Record, and the Harpath Herald, details his life history and experiences in the…

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