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Tom Loftus

Tom Loftus

2011

Longtime Frankfort bureau chief and investigative reporter for The Courier-Journal. Prolific user of open-records laws to reveal foibles and felonies in state government, campaign finance and intersections thereof. Series on suspicious contributions in 1991 race for governor led to indictments and convictions, and overhaul of state campaign-finance laws. Developed and maintained extensive database on contributions to Kentucky politicians; co-authored series revealing extent and cost of blacktopping monopolies. Led coverage on scene of Carrollton bus crash in 1988 and worked on aftermath, helping C-J staff win Pulitzer Prize in 1989. Native of Cincinnati, journalism graduate of The Ohio State University. Reporter for The Kentucky Post, 1976-1984, ending in Frankfort; C-J Indianapolis bureau chief, 1984-86. Winner of James Madison Award from University of Kentucky’s Scripps Howard First Amendment Center, 2008.