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Robert Carter

Robert Carter

2011

Longtime publisher of Kentucky New Era in Hopkinsville and major player in passing strong open-government laws. Native of Mount Vernon, Ga. Joined New Era as advertising salesman in 1953 and became ad manager in 1958, business manager in 1968 and paper’s top executive in 1969. Fiercely competitive, but helpful neighbor for nearby publishers. As board member and officer of Kentucky Press Association, pushed for higher KPA ethical standards. Used political skills to help win passage of state Open Meetings Act in 1974 and Open Records Act in 1976, year he was KPA president. Secured future of one of the state’s last two family-owned daily newspapers through best practices and innovation. Retired as publisher in 1997, continued as board chairman until 2003.