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John Nelson

John Nelson

2013

A leader for openness in government and quality in journalism during his career at weekly and daily newspapers. Executive editor of Advocate Communications, which includes The Advocate-Messenger in Danville and The Winchester Sun, dailies of which he is editor. As president of the Kentucky Press Association in 2004, he oversaw the state’s first open-records audit and spearheaded a lawsuit to open juvenile courts and was named KPA’s most valuable member in 2006. He also served as president of the Bluegrass Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. A native of Mayfield who grew up in Valley Station, he was assistant editor of The Citizen Voice in Estill County, then worked in the coal industry and completed his degree at Eastern Kentucky University, returned to the Citizen Voice & Times in 1986, and was editor and part owner of Pulaski Week in Somerset from 1987 through 1996.