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Marguerite McLaughlin

Marguerite McLaughlin

2005

One of the first women general reporters for a Southern newspaper; covered drama, music, and murder cases for Lexington Herald and served as farm editor from 1917-18. First woman journalism teacher in the United States; taught at the University of Kentucky for 38 years until 1950. Assisted Enoch Grehan in founding the UK School of Journalism. Her students included Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame members Joe Creason, Niel Plummer and Don Whitehead. Received "Pro Ecclesiae et Pontificae" medal from Pope Pius XII in early 1950s, highest award available to a Catholic laywoman. Recipient of numerous awards and honors from the University of Kentucky Alumni Association. After retirement from UK, served as president of Welsh Printing Company. Died November 25, 1961.