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Jack Brammer

Jack Brammer

2018

Jack Brammer has worked at the Lexington Herald Leader in its state capital bureau for 40 years. While he has won accolades for his reporting during the terms of nine Kentucky governors and 58 sessions of the Kentucky General Assembly, his colleagues declare he has served as an outstanding mentor to the young reporters who have joined him in the bureau. Among those he taught are such Herald-Leader standouts as editor-in-chief Peter Baniak, deputy editor John Cheves, and editorial writer Jamie Lucke. Brammer, a native of Maysville, began his career at the Sentinel-News in Shelbyville. Two years later, he joined the Lexington Leader, which became part of the Herald-Leader. He has covered Frankfort ever since. Among his awards, he was part of the team that won the prestigious Seldon Ring in 1990 for the series, Cheating Our Children, which uncovered the economic inequities plaguing Kentucky’s schools. His nominators praised him for his fairness in covering decades of political stories.