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Mike Farrell

Mike Farrell

2017

As a full professor of journalism at the University of Kentucky, director of its Scripps Howard First Amendment Center, a thought leader in journalism ethics and former managing editor of The Kentucky Post in his hometown of Covington, he has had one of the most diverse and successful careers in Kentucky journalism. At The Post in 1977-1996, he was a reporter and editor before 11 years as managing editor, when the paper won many awards. In 1997 he began teaching at UK, where he earned master’s and doctoral degrees. He has been his college’s outstanding teacher and one of the nation’s outstanding faculty advisers; served on the Society of Professional Journalists Ethics Committee when it rewrote SPJ’s Code of Ethics, co-created SPJ’s Black Hole Award for violations of open-government laws; wrote and edited chapters in a leading book on media law and ethics, co-founded the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism and its NKYTribune; and writes for KyForward.com.