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Valerie Ellison Wright

Valerie Ellison Wright

2018

Valerie Ellison Wright is a native of Lexington and a journalism graduate of the University of Kentucky. Her journalism has, in some ways, followed the career of her husband, Dr. George Wright, also a UK alum who recently stepped down after 14 years as president of Prairie View A&M University in Texas. After graduating in 1972, Mrs. Wright worked for the Louisville Times as a reporter covering neighborhoods. She covered city and county governments for the Durham Sun from 1974-1977. From 1977-1980, she worked at the Lexington Leader, reporting on schools and local courts. The following year, she worked as a copy editor and reporter for the Austin American Statesman. After being employed by the Texas Education Agency, she took a job at Texas Monthly Magazine as an assistant editor. She was promoted to associate editor and then research editor. From 2000 until her retirement in 2016, she was a fact-checker, serving again as associate editor and then research editor. In 1980, she was a member of the first class for Editing Program for Minority Journalists at the University of Arizona. In 2013, Texas Monthly won National Magazine Awards for stories it had published. In the magazine’s announcement, the editor praised Mrs. Ellison for her work fact-checking one of those stories.