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A.B. “Ben” Chandler, Jr.

A.B. “Ben” Chandler, Jr.

2012

Publisher of The Woodford Sun in Versailles since 1957, and is one of the longest-tenured publishers in Kentucky history. One nominator wrote, “his sustained contributions are rare.” Ben offers a personal voice in his “Happy Landings” column and shows his editorial leadership through the weekly newspaper’s reliable, well-edited, and comprehensive news pages. He has included aggressive coverage of planning, zoning, and development issues, a major focus of public concern in Woodford County during most of his tenure. Ben’s paper publishes more public records than most in Kentucky, and reaches a high percentage of households in the county. The paper, owned since 1940 by the family of A.B. “Happy” Chandler, then U.S. senator, who names his son – a Korean War veteran and University of Kentucky graduate – publisher during second term as governor. Another nominator called Ben Chandler “a true institution in the community.”