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Eliza Piggott Underwood

Eliza Piggott Underwood

2004

Born in 1896 near Bewelyville in Breckinridge County, Kentucky. Became the first woman editor of the Kentucky Kernel, first woman editor of the Kentuckian, and the first woman to graduate from the University of Kentucky's School of Journalism. Began working for the Lexington Herald while at UK, and was later promoted to State Editor, becoming the first woman to be state editor of a daily newspaper in Kentucky and one of the first in the nation. Married Tom Underwood, who became managing editor of The Hearld. At age 60, she returned to UK to earn a master's degree in Library Science. Joined the staff at the university library where she combined her journalism and library skills to edit the Barkley papers and edit the library newsletter. Died in Lexington May 14, 1991.