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Lee Mueller

Lee Mueller

2014

Born in Virginia but raised in Eastern Kentucky, he covered President Lyndon B. Johnson's 1964 visit to Inez as a young reporter with the Ashland Daily Independent. He also wrote for The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch and Citizen-Journal, the Greenfield, Ohio, Daily Times, the Lexington Herald and the Roanoke Times. As a columnist for the Newspaper Enterprise Association, he wrote a regular column on topics of his choice, as well as writing sports stories. He became an editor at Golf Magazine in 1971 and won first place in the U.S. Golf Writers Association of America's writing competition in 1973. He returned home to become the Lexington Herald-Leader's Eastern Kentucky bureau reporter in 1980 and continued in that role until his retirement in 2007. He contributed to a 1989 series on schools that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. His work frequently exposed the misdeeds of Appalachian politicians and coal operators.