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Al Cross

Al Cross

2010

Director of UK’s Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues. Spent more than 26 years as reporter for The Courier-Journal, last 15½ as political writer; continues column fortnightly. His coverage ranged from presidential to local elections and included all facets of state government. Received numerous awards, including share of Pulitzer Prize won by C-J staff in 1989 for coverage of the nation's deadliest bus crash. Grew up in Albany, Ky., started writing for Clinton County News at 11 and announcing on WANY at 13; appeared on KET’s “Comment on Kentucky” at 21; graduate of Western Kentucky University. Editor-manager of weekly papers in Monticello and Leitchfield, assistant managing editor in Russellville. National president of the Society of Professional Journalists 2001-02, only Kentuckian to hold that post.