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Chuck and Donna Stinnett

Chuck and Donna Stinnett

2016

Partners in life and journalism for more than 40 years, Charles Roger and Donna Buckles Stinnett met at Western Kentucky University, their alma mater, then worked for The Leitchfield Gazette and other papers before finding their home in Henderson at The Gleaner, where for most of the time she was features editor and he was business editor. They also wrote stories and columns, became deeply ingrained in Henderson’s civic life, and were named Distinguished Citizens of the Year in 2015. They won the William R. Burleigh Award for Community Service from the Scripps Howard Foundation and the Lewis Owens Award for Community Service from the Kentucky Press Association and the Lexington Herald-Leader. Chuck, a native of Lexington, won a National Press Photographers Association award and also worked at The (Somerset) Commonwealth Journal. Donna, a native of Caneyville, was editor of WKU’s award-winning Talisman yearbook and worked at the Glasgow Daily Times.