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Thomas Shelby Watson

Thomas Shelby Watson

2009

Fifty-year career in journalism began at WBKY at the University of Kentucky. Was Kentucky Broadcast Editor for the Associated Press, editor of his family newspaper and a radio news director. Also led news departments at WAKY, Louisville and WIL, St. Louis. Under his leadership, a special national AP award went to WAKY for being the first radio news department to contribute 1,000 stories used on the wire in one year. He and his WAKY team received a National Headliner Award for coverage of a chemical plant explosion. Author of three non-fiction books, award-winning documentaries, numerous magazine and newspaper articles. From 1988 through 1993, operated critically acclaimed “The Salt River Arcadian,” a monthly newspaper in Taylorsville, Ky. Winner of two Louisville Bar Association gavel awards and a Louisville Civil War Roundtable award for historical journalism.