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James Fredrick “Fred” Paxton

James Fredrick “Fred” Paxton

2010

Ended his career as Chairman of the Board of the Paxton Media Group; previously served as president of the company, publisher of The Paducah Sun and president of WPSD-TV. Over time, the Paxton family's media company owned 29 daily newspapers and dozens of weeklies in nine states. Served four terms as chairman of the NBC Affiliates Board, a three-year term as chairman of the Maximum Service Telecasters, and was president of the Kentucky Broadcasters Association. With his wife, established a million-dollar fund called the "McCracken County Community Career Endowment" to improve the lives of African-Americans in the Paducah area. Born in Paducah; graduated from Notre Dame. Passed away in 2006.