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1981-1989

1989
John Herchenroeder
Became nation’s first news ombudsman at the Courier-Journal and the Louisville Times in 1967. Named to the position within weeks after the New York Times had suggested that the nation’s newspapers needed a readers’ representative to investigate complaints. Handled 3,000 calls annually from readers with complaints or suggestions about news coverage. Instituted daily correction columns in both papers. Spent entire 53-year newspaper career at the Louisville newspapers, starting in 1926. Served in nearly every news capacity at the Courier-Journal, including 20 years as city editor. Covered major news events such as national depression, Kentucky bank failures, many significant metropolitan stories. Native of Louisville, graduate of Male High School, attended University of Louisville. Strong supporter of Male High and Boy Scouts activities. Retired 1979.

Milton Metz
Veteran broadcast personality at WHAS-Radio and WHAS-TV in Louisville. Creator in 1959 of the “Metz Here” public opinion phone-in program on WHAS-Radio, the longest-running show on Louisville radio, one of the oldest in the country. The top-rated program draws calls from 40 states and Canada. Has been with the radio station for 40 years. With WHAS-TV, he co-hosted and co-produced “Omelet,” a talk and interview program for nine years and was the Channel 11 weatherman for 19 years. Awarded a Ford Foundation grant to the United Nations to work in radio, television and film. Received top radio award from American Psychiatric Assn. Started radio career in hometown of Cleveland following graduation from The Ohio State University. Active in community and charitable events.

Moneta J. Sleet, Jr.
First black American to win a Pulitzer Prize for photography, in 1969, for a memorable photo of Coretta Scott King at her husband’s funeral. Native of Owensboro, cum laude graduate of Kentucky State College. Master’s degree in journalism from New York University. Graduate, School of Modern Photography. Since 1955, staff photographer for Johnson Publishing Co., publishers of Ebony, Jet and EM Magazine. Traveled throughout world for Ebony—numerous trips to Africa, as well as Europe, Russia, South America, West Indies. Photographed civil rights marchers in Selma, Alabama, and the March on Washington, chronicled African independence and the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Display of works exhibited nationwide, 1986-1987; also at Martin Luther King Memorial Library, 1988. Cited for excellence by Overseas Press Club, 1957. Early career at Our World magazine.

 
1988
John F. Day
Metropolitan newspaper and national broadcast executive. Cum Laude graduate of University of Kentucky where he edited the Kentucky Kernel the year it was named the nation’s best college newspaper. Early journalism experience at the Lexington Leader and the Associated Press in Huntington. Wrote Bloody Ground, a non-fiction book about life in Eastern Kentucky, 1941. Named Nieman Fellow, 1942. Headed central news desk of Office of War Information. Worked at the Cleveland Press and as managing editor of the Dayton Daily News before joining the Courier-Journal in 1948 as Washington correspondent; received Reid Fellowship in 1951 and traveled in Europe for the paper. Named managing editor, 1952. Joined CBS, Inc. in 1955 as top news executive; served six years; directed two Emmy award-winning documentaries. Later worked for Time-Life Broadcast in London. In 1964, bought a partnership in the Exmouth Journal, weekly newspaper in England. Named to University of Kentucky’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni, initiated as distinguished alumnus into Phi Beta Kappa, and gave the Joe Creason Lecture at UK, 1980. Died April 10, 1982.

George Hackett
Veteran Associated Press newsman who has spent entire 44-year career with wire service in Kentucky. Following Army service, joined AP as wirephoto operator in 1944. Later became radio news writer. Appointed news editor for AP in Kentucky in 1955; directed on-site coverage of integration dispute which brought National Guard to Clay and Sturgis. Also directed coverage of 1959 school bus disaster in Prestonsburg which killed 27. Scored 15-minute worldwide beat of disqualification of Dancer’s Image following 1968 Derby. Covered Kentucky General Assembly, coalfields of Eastern Kentucky, 35 Derbies, NCAA Final Four. Named enterprise editor in 1970; started writing weekly column in 1977 on unusual people and places. Trained scores of young journalists who gained success with AP and with various newspapers. Received Distinguished Service Award from Western Kentucky University’s chapter of Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi, 1982; Kentucky Human Service Award from Kentucky Cabinet for Human Resources, 1984. Native of Louisville; attended University of Louisville.

Ralph E. Johnson
Photographer, reporter, editor for the Associated Press for 26 years. Graduated, University of Kentucky, 1937. Early career included position as reporter-photographer, Frankfort State Journal; five years as free-lance photographer in Frankfort for various state newspapers, as well as the AP and Time-Life. Joined the Associated Press as a photo editor in New York City, 1943; later moved to Atlanta to head photo operations in southeast U.S. for 10 years. Organized Atlanta Press Photographers Association. Transferred to Boston office of AP in 1955 as reporter-editor; served 14 years. Did some free-lance work in Massachusetts before joining University of Kentucky School of Journalism in 1974 to establish photojournalism curriculum; also taught news writing until retirement in 1980. Rejoined School of Journalism staff on part-time basis in 1988.

Bennett Roach
Editor and publisher, the Shelby News, 1941-1960. Native of Lawrenceburg, graduate of Transylvania. Started newspaper career with Kentucky Standard, Bardstown, in 1924; later worked for various daily newspapers including New Rochelle, N.Y., Standard-Star, Beckley Post-Herald and the Associated Press in Detroit. Joined the Courier-Journal in 1933, serving in various news capacities until he bought interest in the Shelbyville paper in 1941. Wrote weekly column following retirement. Also wrote stories for 200 newspapers and 100 radio stations in five-state area for Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative. President, Kentucky Press Association, 1952; led fight in General Assembly for stronger legal publications legislation. Avid historian and painter. Active in Presbyterian Church, Rotary, and Filson Club.

Earl Ruby
Sports editor of the Courier-Journal for 30 years. Started with the newspaper in 1921 as an office boy; continues to write an outdoor column. Served in the sports department for 44 years until retirement from full-time position in 1969. Started “Ruby’s Report,” a daily sports column, in 1936; wrote 10,000 daily columns. At time of his retirement, more of his articles had been selected for the annual anthology, Best Sports Stories, than those of any other writer. Won National Headliner Award in 1945; named Sportsman of the Year in 1969 by League of Kentucky Sportsmen; received other national recognition during career; named Kentucky Goodwill ambassador to Olympics in London, Rome and Mexico City. Traveled in Europe, Latin America and Canada covering sports. Made more than 2,500 speeches during career. Widely quoted and reprinted nationally. Founder of Kentucky Derby Festival and Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame. Avid hunter and fisherman.
 
 
1987
Fred J. Burkhard
Editor, publisher and contributing editorialist for the Casey County News for 40 years. Strong advocate of open meetings, open records in community. Graduate, Berea College, where he served as student pressman and typographer while attending high school and college; named Distinguished Alumnus, 1973. Started career as a printer and teacher of printing. Bought Casey County News in 1947, increased circulation from 2,200 to 6,200. Advocated economic, social and educational progress in Liberty and Casey County; encouraged scores of local students to pursue college education; served as deputy coroner for 26 years without pay; elected to Liberty City Council two terms; charter president, Liberty Kiwanis Club. Served on board of directors and as president of Berea College Alumni Association; president, Kentucky Press Association, 1963. On retirement from fulltime newspaper career, an area daily paper editorialized, “He was not only the editor and publisher of Casey County . . . he was the servant.”

David Dick
Distinguished career with CBS News as radio and television news reporter, 1966-1985. Based in Washington, Atlanta, Caracas, Dallas; covered Jonestown massacre in Guyana, political and economic developments in South America, civil war in Nicaragua and El Salvador, invasion of Falkland Islands. Also, three presidential campaigns of George Wallace, four national political conventions, the White House during Johnson, Nixon administrations, other Washington assignments. Received Emmy award for coverage of shooting of Gov. George Wallace, 1972; Press Club of Dallas “Katie” Award for best television feature story, 1980; Kentucky Broadcasters Association Distinguished Kentuckian Award, 1974; UK School of Journalism for Outstanding Contributions, 1978; delivered seventh annual Joe Creason Lecture, University of Kentucky, 1984. Received B.A. and M.A. degrees from UK; joined WHAS in 1959, serving in various news capacities. Native of Bourbon County. Became associate professor, UK School of Journalism, July 1985.

Hugh Haynie
Editorial cartoonist for the Courier-Journal since 1958. Named one of Ten Outstanding Young Men of the nation by U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce, 1962; Headliner Award, 1966; Freedoms Foundation Medal, 1966 and 1970; Sigma Delta Chi Distinguished Service Award and Bronze Medallion, 1971. Received Alumni Medallion for service and loyalty to alma mater from The College of William and Mary, 1977. Named Civil Libertarian of the Year by Kentucky Civil Liberties Union, 1978. Past member, Board of Directors, Society of Alumni, The College of William and Mary. Listed in various editions of Who’s Who. Published Hugh Haynie: Perspective, book of selected cartoons, 1974. Native of Virginia; A.B. from The College of William and Mary; L.H.D. University of Louisville. Early newspaper career, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Greensboro Daily News, Atlanta Journal. Served in U.S. Coast Guard, 1944-46 and 1951-52, Pacific and Atlantic, retired Lieutenant.

Allan M. Trout
Legendary Frankfort correspondent and Folk columnist for the Courier-Journal where he worked for 39 years. Covered 15 regular sessions of the General Assembly and 75 primary and general elections. Wrote 8,998 daily columns entitled, “Greetings,” containing more than 5 million words. Claimed he expressed “the plain man’s bewilderment at the complicated mess society is in. I am the articulate spokesman of a great many people who wonder where in hell we’re headed for.” Noted expert on Kentucky constitution and state government. Began 50-year newspaper career in his native Tennessee, graduated from Georgetown College, once owned weekly Jackson Times. Won honorable mention, Pulitzer Prize, 1932; named distinguished alumnus, Georgetown College; twice received the Governors Medallion for distinguished public service; named dean of the Senate, 1962; served four-year term on State Board of Education after retirement. Combination of folk writer and scholarly reporter. Died December 8, 1972.
 
 
1986
Creed Black
Chairman and publisher, Lexington Herald-Leader since 1977. Native of Harlan, started newspaper career at age 17 as reporter on Paducah Sun-Democrat. Served with 100th Division in Germany during World War II, received Bronze Star for heroism; worked on Stars and Stripes. Graduate, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, with honors in political science; Master’s degree in political science, University of Chicago. Worked on copy desks of Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Herald-American; editorial writer and executive editor, the Nashville Tennessean; vice president and executive editor, the Savannah Morning News and Evening Press; vice president and executive editor, the Wilmington Morning News and Evening Journal; managing editor and executive editor, Chicago Daily News; vice president and editor, the Philadelphia Inquirer. Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare during Nixon administration. Former president, National Conference of Editorial Writers and American Society of Newspaper Editors, 1983-1984. Former member, board of directors, SNPA; currently treasurer, SNPA Foundation. Served as Pulitzer juror five times. Received alumni medal from Northwestern University in 1973 for “outstanding achievement.”

Tom and Pat Gish
Owners of the Mountain Eagle at Whitesburg, which they purchased 30 years ago. Both graduates of the University of Kentucky; Tom, native of Letcher county. Pat, former reporter for the Lexington Leader; Tom, former Frankfort bureau chief, United Press International and president, Capitol Press Club. The Mountain Eagle, under Gish influence, a powerful editorial voice in Letcher County and eastern Kentucky, attacking wrongdoing by Letcher County Fiscal Court, local school board, state and local officials, and the strip-mining industry. Newspaper offices burned in 1974 in a deliberately-set fire; newspaper continued from the Gish home. The crusading newspaper has attracted international attention, received award from University of Kentucky, recognition from National Press Club. Tom Gish received John Peter Zenger Award for freedom of the press in 1975, named Kentucky’s public citizen of the year in 1978 by Kentucky chapter, National Association of Social Workers. Pat Gish served as director, Eastern Kentucky Housing Development Corp.

John Ed Pearce
Columnist and writer, the Courier–Journal Magazine. Graduate, University of Kentucky; graduate work at Columbia University and Harvard University, where he was a Nieman Fellow in 1958. Started journalism career as reporter for Time-Life and United Press, later edited the Somerset Journal. Joined the Courier-Journal as associate editor and editorial writer. Shared in the Pulitzer Prize won in 1967 by the Courier-Journal for its successful fight for stronger strip-mining controls. Awarded the Governor’s Medallion for public service in conservation; won the National Headliner Award, the Meeman Award, three awards from National Bar Association, Freedom Foundation Award. Named Outstanding Kentucky Journalist in 1985 by Society of Professional Journalists/Sigma Delta Chi. Published numerous articles and short stories for national magazines, a novel, a volume of history and several television plays. Adviser and speechwriter for four Kentucky governors; chairman, State Oral History Commission. Navy veteran, World War II, retired commander.

O. Leonard Press
Executive director, Kentucky Authority for Educational Television since 1963. Interim director, newly-created Broadcast Facilities Program, U.S. Office of Education, 1963; head, Department of Radio, Television, Films, and director of broadcasting service, University of Kentucky, 1958-63; consultant for national educational radio and television; former instructor, Boston Center for Continuing Education and Emerson College. Chairman, National Association of Educational Broadcasters, 1973; former vice-chairman, National Association of Public Television Stations; chairman, Public Television Managers Council, 1972; former chairman, Southern Educational Communications Association; active in various other public and educational television groups. Board member, Agency for Instructional Telecommunications.

David B. Whitaker
Head of the Department of Journalism at Western Kentucky University from its inception in 1977 until his retirement from that position in 1984. Continues as professor in department. Joined Western in 1970 as coordinator of news-editorial sequence; named distinguished Business Advisor in 1973 by National Council of College Publications Advisers. Noted for establishment of journalism department at Western, bringing quality instructors to the school, eliminating debt of student newspaper, College Heights Herald, and guiding it to national prominence as winner of three national and two regional Pacemaker awards. Named WKU outstanding professor in 1978 by Phi Eta Sigma, freshman scholastic honorary; honored in 1977 and 1984 by student chapter of Society of Professional Journalists/Sigma Delta Chi; former president, Kentucky Council for Education in Journalism. Gained accreditation for Western’s journalism program. Former sports writer and slot man for the Courier-Journal, copy editor for the Louisville Times; former city editor, Park City Daily News, B.A. and M.A. from Western.
 
 
1985
Ollie M. James
Former chief editorial writer and humor columnist for the Cincinnati Enquirer. Native of Kuttawa in Lyon County, attended University of Louisville and University of Kentucky. Started journalism career with the Lexington Herald. Later worked as a political writer and Washington correspondent for the Louisville Herald-Post, before joining the Enquirer in 1936 as editorial writer and assistant managing editor. Became chief editorial writer in 1944. Perhaps best known for his humorous column, “The Innocent Bystander,” which appeared seven times a week for 30 years, beginning in 1940. The column contained sage political advice and practical observations on human nature, gained great popularity throughout Southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky. Covered numerous national political conventions. Hosted a radio show in Cincinnati area. Noted as after-dinner speaker and story teller. Received Ohio Governor’s Award, state’s highest honor for outstanding service, from Governor James Rhodes in 1969. Died January 26, 1972.

J.S. Moran
Editor emeritus of the Springfield Sun, which he purchased nearly 69 years ago. At age 97, is nation’s oldest working journalist. Continues to write an award-winning weekly column, “Through My Bifocals,” widely read in Washington County. Received the first Outstanding Citizen of the Year award in 1965 from the Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce. As chairman of the local Red Cross chapter, directed the care of 400 refugees from the flood in Louisville in 1937. Former member, Springfield Board of Education; served three two-year terms, advisory council, St. Catherine College; named Writer of the Year in 1969 by Kentucky Farm Bureau; was correspondent reporter for the Louisville Herald-Post and the Courier-Journal; Associated Press representative in Central Kentucky; member, Springfield Lions Club for 26 years; Springfield Masonic Lodge for 40 years. Instrumental in having Ky. Route 555 constructed from Bluegrass Parkway to Springfield. Strong supporter of proposed Camp Ground Reservoir. Once wrote: “It’s not the high cost of living that’s damaged this country, it’s the cost of high living.”

William L. Stakelin
President and chief executive officer, Radio Advertising Bureau, since 1983. Started broadcast career in 1956 as a high school student at WAXU Radio in hometown of Georgetown. Following graduation from Georgetown College in 1965, joined Bluegrass Broadcasting in Lexington as program manager of WVLK AM-FM, later becoming station manager and vice president and general manager. After becoming chief executive of WHOO AM-FM in Orlando, promoted to executive vice president of Bluegrass Broadcasting Group, responsible for radio and television properties in Kentucky, Georgia and Florida. Youngest person to become chairman of the board of National Association of Broadcasters, highest elected position in American broadcasting, in 1982. Active in industry and community affairs, served on board of Florida Association of Broadcasters, president of ABC Radio Network Affiliates Board, and on Broadcast Industry Council to Improve American Productivity. Elected to Board of Directors of Broadcast Pioneers, 1984. Strong advocate of radio news coverage, use of mobile news vans, traffic information provided by airplanes and helicopters.

Roy Steinfort
Vice president and director of broadcast services for the Associated Press. Native of Covington, graduate of the University of Kentucky, started career as reporter for the Courier-Journal. Later served as UK sports publicity director under Coach Bear Bryant before joining the AP in New Orleans, where he covered Kefauver crime hearings and the Louisiana legislature when Earl Long was governor. In 1953, purchased the Aberdeen Examiner, which three times was selected as Mississippi’s best weekly newspaper. Learned to fly while in Aberdeen. Rejoined AP in 1961 to sell its broadcast wire to stations in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Moved to New York in 1964 to accept responsibility for AP’s relations with major broadcast groups. Started AP’s non-commercial news network which today has over a thousand affiliate stations; hired first woman executive for AP. Currently directs news distribution to broadcast affiliates; strongly supported the start-up of high speed service to both radio and television stations; directed completion of AP’s new broadcast facility in Washington. Assumed current responsibilities in 1975; elected vice president two years later.

Carol Sutton
First woman managing editor of a major metropolitan newspaper, the Courier-Journal, 1974-1976. Named one of its Women of the Year by Time Magazine, 1976. From J.C. Penney—University of Missouri, received top award for excellence in editing, and top fashion reporting award for exposing the acceptance of gifts by writers covering New York’s fashion scene, a practice now considered unethical. While she was managing editor, the Courier-Journal won Sigma Delta Chi and Roy Howard awards for public service for coverage of school desegregation in Louisville. Leader in recruitment of minority professionals. Frequent discussion leader at American Press Institute; chairman of Pulitzer Prize juries, 1975 and 1976; member of Nieman Fellows selection committee, 1976; former member of Great Lakes District and Kentucky selection committees for Rhodes Scholars, adviser to Presstime. Native of St. Louis; graduate University of Missouri School of Journalism; joined the Courier-Journal, 1955. Was senior editor for news administration, the Courier-Journal and the Louisville Times. Died February 19, 1985.

Nehemiah M. Webb
Founder of the Mountain Eagle in Whitesburg, Letcher County, in 1903, at a time when 24 contiguous head-water counties in Eastern Kentucky had no printing press. Born on a mountain farm in 1865, attended a log cabin school learning land surveying. Taught school for several years. Struggled against terrible odds to start his paper in an area where most people were illiterate, roads were nearly impassable and travel was mainly by horseback. Once commented, “I started life as a poor farmer, became a poor surveyor and then a poor school teacher, and now I am a poor newspaperman!” Was first Kentucky mountain journalist to have photograph displayed in Library of Congress. Served eight years as postmaster of Whitesburg during the terms of President Woodrow Wilson. Credited with helping improve economic and educational conditions in Letcher County, especially after the opening of coal fields and coming of railroad in 1912. Started the Neon News about 1926. Continued to write for papers after reorganization forced by bankruptcy during the depression. Died July 30, 1945.
 
 
1984
Mark F. Ethridge
Served in top management positions at the Courier-Journal and the Louisville Times for 27 years, 1936-1963, a period when the Louisville newspapers achieved significant national recognition. General manager, vice president, publisher, chairman of the board. After retirement in Louisville, was editor of Newsday for two years; taught journalism at the University of North Carolina. Native of Mississippi, started newspaper work after high school as a writer for the Meridian Star. Went to Georgia in 1915 as reporter on the Columbus Enquirer-Sun; then served at the Macon Telegraph as city editor, managing and associate editor before becoming general manager and publisher of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. After World War II, assigned by the State Department to study the governments of Romania and Bulgaria and to investigate Greek border disorders. Chairman, U.S. Advisory Commission on Information; Fair Employment Practice Commission. President, National Association of Broadcasters, 1938; vice president and director, the Associated Press, 1950-1960; trustee, Ford Foundation. Honored by National Association of Radio and Television Broadcasters and Columbia University. Six honorary degrees. Died April 5, 1981.

J. A. McCauley
Journalism professor at University of Kentucky for 30 years, 1946-1976. Started journalism career as editor of Cynthiana Democrat and Central Record, Lancaster, following seven years as high school teacher. Became reporter for the Lexington Herald in 1942; was editorial writer for 20 years. Joined UK Department of Journalism staff in 1946; later served as associate chairman; directed Kentucky High School Press Clinic. Founder and executive secretary, Kentucky Council for Education in Journalism. Advised student journalism groups and student publications; founded Henry Watterson Press Club, which obtained Sigma Delta Chi charter. Coauthor Learning About Mass Communications, 1972, Modern Journalism, 1962; edited News Manual and Stylebook, 1964. Journalism degree, University of Missouri, 1930; Master of Arts, University of Kentucky, 1948. Listed, Who’s Who in American Education.

Sy Ramsey
State Capitol correspondent for the Associated Press for 21 years, 1962-1983, spanning the administrations of six governors. Hailed by government leaders and fellow newsmen for fairness and accuracy. Native of New York, graduate of University of Oklahoma, worked for newspapers in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Mississippi before joining AP in Little Rock in 1956, later covering school desegregation. Transferred to AP Louisville bureau in 1958. Covered presidential conventions for AP in 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1976. President, Capitol Press Club; wrote a weekly statehouse column for AP members; appeared frequently on Kentucky Educational Television’s weekly “Comment on Kentucky” program, focusing on government events. Died October 26, 1983.

William J. Small
President since 1982 of United Press International, world’s largest independently-owned news service. After receiving Master of Arts in social services from University of Chicago in 1951, started journalistic career as news director of WLS Radio, Chicago. Served as news director of WHAS-Radio and WHAS-TV in Louisville, 1956-1962, winning numerous awards and bringing station to position of news eminence. Served at CBS News for 17 years beginning in 1962 as chief of Washington bureau; later was senior vice president, director of news, and vice president, Washington, CBS, Inc. Became president of NBC News in 1979. Author of two books, To Kill A Messenger: Television and the Real World and Political Power of the Press. Both books won distinguished service awards form the Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi, of which he served as president in 1974 and from which he received the group’s highest award in 1979. Received the Madison Award for work on behalf of the First Amendment in 1983. President, Radio-Television News Directors Association, 1960; received association’s top award. Winner of National Headliner Award.

Thomas R. Underwood
Editor, state Democratic leader. Started newspaper career while in high school in Hopkinsville. Joined the Lexington Herald as reporter in 1916; later served as city editor, managing editor, general manager. Became the paper’s second editor in 1935. Devotee of thoroughbred industry; wrote a turf column for the Herald; helped form the National Association of State Racing Commissioners, secretary, 14 years; 16 years as secretary of Kentucky State Racing Commission. Edited Thoroughbred Racing and Breeding and co-authored a humorous book, Call Me Horse. Active in Democratic politics; served as chairman of party’s state executive committee and in various other capacities. Elected to U.S. House of Representatives in 1948; re-elected, 1950. Appointed U.S. Senator, 1951. Noted after dinner speaker. Served as president, Kentucky Press Association, Lexington Board of Commerce, Lexington Optimist Club, Blue Grass Automobile Club. Honorary Degree, University of Kentucky; named to UK Hall of Distinguished Alumni. Died June 29, 1956.
 
 
1983
John Mack Carter
Only person who has been editor of all three of America’s most influential women’s magazines—Good Housekeeping, Ladies’ Home Journal and McCall’s. Native of Murray, worked at Murray Ledger & Times while attending Murray State University; graduated with Master’s degree in Journalism from University of Missouri. Received Walter Williams Award for Writing from Sigma Delta Chi in 1949; named one of the “Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Year” in 1963 by U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce; honored as “Publisher of the Year” in 1977 by Brandeis University; “Headliner of the Year” by Women in Communications, Inc. in 1978; Missouri Honor Award for Distinguished Service in Journalism in 1979. Received honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Murray State University in 1971. Appointed to various national commissions by Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Ford and Carter. Serves on the boards of numerous national charitable organizations. Now serves as editor-in-chief of Good Housekeeping and director of new magazine development for the Hearst Corporation.

J. B. Faulconer
Started journalism career as radio sportscaster on station WLAP in Lexington in 1940 following graduation from the University of Kentucky. Established South’s largest regional sports network for broadcast of UK football and basketball games. Served as Infantry commander during World War II; received battlefield promotion to lieutenant colonel at age 26; awarded Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star for Valor. Was commanding general of 100th Division, 1970- 1973; retired as major general, U.S. Army Reserve. Became public relations director, Keeneland Association, 1955; author of Racing in the Finest Tradition. Distinguished alumnus, UK; Named Outstanding Young Man of Lexington and Kentucky by local and state Junior Chambers of Commerce. Named executive vice president and director, Thoroughbred Racing Associations of North America, Inc. Master of ceremonies and later executive producer, Eclipse Awards. Active in civic and Thoroughbred racing organizations.

A.B. Guthrie
Received the Pulitzer Prize for literature in 1950 for his novel, The Way West. Native of Bedford, Indiana, grew up in Montana, joined the Lexington Leader as a reporter in 1926; later became city editor and executive editor before resigning in 1947 to devote full time to writing. Nieman Fellow, 1944-1945. As an editor, campaigned to rid Lexington of outside toilets; investigated mistreatment of patients at Eastern State Hospital, resulting in dismissal of hospital management; helped stop the sale of raw milk in the city. Taught writing at the University of Kentucky. Moved back to Montana in 1953. Wrote numerous Western novels, including The Big Sky, These Thousand Hills, Arfive, The Last Valley, and Fair Land, Fair Land. Also wrote other books, articles and screenplays.

Arthur Krock
Only person to receive three Pulitzer Prizes and a special Pulitzer citation for outstanding reporting. Native of Glasgow, KY. Started career as a cub reporter on the Louisville Herald in 1906; became Washington correspondent for the Louisville Times in 1910 and a year later also began writing for the Courier-Journal; became editorial director for both Louisville papers in1915 and was editor-in-chief of the Times when he left Louisville in 1923. Closely associated with Henry Watterson in Louisville; compiled book The Editorials of Henry Watterson, after Watterson’s death. Worked for the New York World as assistant to publisher before joining the New York Times in 1927 and becoming head of the Washington bureau in 1932. Was author of the column, “In the Nation, “ for 32 years before his retirement in 1966. Career spanned the activities of 11 presidents and American involvement in four major wars. Highly respected by those he covered and worked with, was hailed as one of the most influential American journalists of his time. Widely traveled at home and abroad, held honorary degrees from Princeton University, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville and Centre College. Received the Medal of Freedom, highest U.S. recognition to a civilian, in 1970. Died April 12, 1974.

Victor R. Portmann
Journalism professor at University of Kentucky for 39 years. First secretary-manager of Kentucky Press Association, a position held for 24 years. Native of Minnesota, started journalism career in 1911 on a weekly newspaper owned by his father. World War I combat veteran. Acting head of journalism department at University of Arkansas before coming to UK in 1927, where he specialized in teaching community journalism. Helped reorganize Kentucky Press Association in 1941, established permanent headquarters at UK, helped start Kentucky Press Service and Kentucky Journalism Foundation. Served as president of Newspaper Association Managers in 1951-52; also served on board of directors of National Newspaper Association. Active in Oleika Shrine Temple in Lexington; served as editor of lodge publication for 20 years. Died October 16,1981.

Frank L. Stanley, Sr.
Publisher, educator, civil rights leader. Headed the English department at Jackson State College and Louisville Central High School; football and basketball coach. Started journalism career as reporter for the Louisville Defender in 1930; later became owner and publisher. Co-founder of the National Newspaper Publishers Association; served as president five times. Won more than 35 national awards in journalism, including the President’s Secret Service Award of the NNPA in 1970 and the Wendell Willkie Award for Public Service, presented by President Truman. Received honorary doctorate from Allen University and citation from Lincoln University for outstanding journalism. Drafted legislation in 1950 that led to integration of state’s public universities; wrote the bill creating the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights. Named by U.S. War Department in 1946 to head study of troop segregation in Europe; subsequent report paved way for desegregation. Wrote award-winning, syndicated column, “People, Places and Problems.” Died October 19, 1974.

Elmer G. Sulzer
Established broadcast departments and teaching curricula at University of Kentucky and Indiana University. Built studios and began broadcasting radio programs from UK in 1929, using facilities of WHAS. Later fed UK-originated programs at WLAP, as well as Mutual and CBS radio networks. Established first university-owned radio station in U.S. at UK. Founded UK Publicity Bureau in 1929. Attracted international attention by starting “listening centers” in Eastern Kentucky to provide residents with broadcast service. Won a George Foster Peabody Award in 1942 for a series on venereal disease, a program which caused great controversy. Started career at UK as music instructor and director of bands. Left UK in 1952 to head broadcast department at IU. Was internationally respected authority on abandoned railroads; author of several railroad books, including Ghost Railroads of Kentucky. Died February 15, 1976.

Henry Ward
Reporter, editor, publisher, public administrator. Started journalism career as cub reporter for the Paducah News Democrat in 1928, later the Paducah Sun Democrat. Served as city editor from 1935 to 1942, when named associate editor. Active in Paducah civic affairs. Member of Kentucky House of Representatives, 1934-1942; Kentucky State Senate, 1946-1948. Left Paducah paper in 1948 to become state Commissioner of Conservation; expanded Kentucky state park system and tourism program; later served as state Commissioner of Highways; Democratic nominee for governor in 1967. Strong supporter of watchdog role of press in government, represented the interests of the press in the Kentucky legislature. Became publisher of the Paducah Sun Democrat in 1968; also served as president, Kentucky Independent College Foundation, chairman, Louisville Riverfront Commission. Significant contribution to Kentucky journalism centered on the guidance, counsel and training given to a large number of younger Kentucky journalists throughout his journalistic and public career.
 
 
1982
Irvin S. Cobb
Noted reporter, author, humorist. Native of Paducah, started journalistic career on the Paducah Daily News at age 17; became nation's youngest managing editor at 19. Later worked for the Cincinnati Post and the Louisville Evening Post. Was first reporter to reach the side of Gov. William Goebel after his assassination in Frankfort in 1900. He called his story on the shooting of Goebel his finest piece of reporting. At age 28, went to New York, working for several newspapers there; began writing a humorous column. Later turned to magazine writing, covering World War I for the Saturday Evening Post. Was a gifted after-dinner speaker and teller of tales; a close friend of and co-star in movies with Will Rogers. He estimated that he wrote 60 books; tried his hand unsuccessfully at writing drama and musical reviews. Received Legion of Honor from France, honorary degrees from two universities, and had parks, drinks, public works, a bridge, hotel and apartment building named after him. Died March 10, 1944.

John L. Crawford
Publisher emeritus, Corbin Times-Tribune; was publisher 1928-1980. Continues to write column, "Ravelings," which has received many awards. Born 1897 in Gamaliel, Ky., where he later worked as assistant bank cashier. Started newspaper career as reporter for Nashville Banner in 1926; later worked at Hazard Leader and as editor of Whitesburg Mountain Eagle. President of Kentucky Press Association in 1936; received Edwards M. Templin Memorial Award for outstanding community service, 1974. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, he received distinguished journalism alumni award, 1975. President, First National Bank of Corbin; former president of the Corbin Chamber of Commerce and Kiwanis Club. Founded and led local industrial commission. Active in civic affairs.

Billy Davis
Former director of photography for the Courier-Journal and the Louisville Times. Served in photography department for 43 years, over 30 years as director. Best known for striking aerial photographs of Kentucky and southern Indiana. One of Davis' aerial pictures, "Flood in the Mountains," won seven major professional awards and was on exhibition at The Hague and at the 1964 World's Fair. Under his direction, the Courier-Journal and the Louisville Times photography department earned a national reputation for excellence. Took his first aerial view of Louisville during the 1937 flood while working for the Associated Press and the Chattanooga News. His photographs were published in a book, Over Kentucky - 40 Years of Aerial Photography, published 1981. Photos have appeared in national publications. Winner of numerous photo awards. Served in World War II as personal photographer to Admiral C. Turner Joy.

Alice Allison Dunnigan
Chief of the Washington Bureau of the Associated Negro Press, 1947-1961. First Black woman to receive accreditation to the Senate and House of Representatives press galleries; first to hold a White House press pass; first to become a member of the State Department Correspondents Association. Articles have appeared in 112 weekly newspapers throughout United States and abroad. Decorated by President of Haiti for reporting; received more than 50 awards for outstanding achievement in journalism and community service. Held appointments from President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon Johnson to work in areas of equal opportunity and youth opportunity. Native of Russellville; taught school in Logan and Todd counties; first worked for the Owensboro Enterprise and the Louisville Defender before moving to Washington in 1942.

Russell Dyche
Editor of the Sentinel-Echo in London for 50 years. Born in 1884 over the office where his father operated the London Mountain Eagle. Started in the newspaper business after only a year in high school. Later graduated from National Normal University in Ohio, 1907. Returned to London and again entered the newspaper business. Fought for all-weather roads around London; used his own money to set up adequate fire protection and purchase fire hydrants. Instrumental in the creation of Levi Jackson State Park near London. As director of state parks during administration of Gov. Simeon S. Willis, donated part of his salary to improve the park. An ardent conservationist and historian, inaugurated the Laurel County Homecoming and was active in numerous civic efforts. Active Republican, he was former president of the First National Bank of London and the Kentucky Press Association. Died November 17, 1959.

Lawrence W. Hager
Founder and chairman of the boards of Owensboro Publishing Co. and Owensboro Broadcasting Co. Moved to Owensboro in 1910 after receiving Master of Arts from Centre College at age 20. Over the next 70 years, education, health, transportation, politics, charity and civic groups were influenced by Hager and the newspaper he headed. Founded the Goodfellows Club, which has provided Christmas parties for thousands of underprivileged children since 1916. Active in state Democratic politics. Consolidated Owensboro's two newspapers in 1929 and started WOMI, city's first radio station. First newspaper job as reporter for Frankfort State Journal. President of Kentucky Press Association, 1933; received association's award for "community service through journalism," 1970. Helped establish Owensboro-Daviess County Chamber of Commerce and Owensboro Rotary Club. Honorary degree from Kentucky Wesleyan College.

Henry H. Hornsby
Former editor, Lexington Leader. Spent entire newspaper career on the Lexington newspapers, first joining the Lexington Leader as a correspondent in 1938, later became reporter, sports editor, city editor and executive editor. Also, farm editor, the Lexington Herald. Was a Neiman Fellow at Harvard, 1946. Wrote columns for the Sunday Herald-Leader and the Lexington Leader. Wrote a novel, Lonesome Valley, published 1949. Won fellowships to the annual Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Middlebury College, Vermont, 1947 and 1948. Honored as distinguished alumnus of University of Kentucky School of Journalism, 1974. A native of Clay County, he never lost his love for the mountains, the outdoors and gardening. Appointed to the Fayette County Purgation Board, 1951.

Cawood Ledford
Sportscaster and sports director for WHAS radio and television for 22 years. Named Kentucky Sportscaster of the Year seven times. Native of Cawood in Harlan County; graduated from Centre College. Started broadcast career announcing sports for radio station WHLN in Harlan; later joined WLEX in Lexington. In 1956, joined the sports staff of WHAS; became sports director two years later. Marine Corps veteran of World War II. Formed own radio-television production company in 1979. Called the “Voice of UK Sports,” is also recognized as an outstanding horse racing announcer. Honored in 1978, during halftime ceremonies at Rupp Arena, for 25 years of broadcasting UK games.

Niel Plummer
Directed journalism education at the University of Kentucky, 1940-1965. Joined UK as part-time journalism instructor in 1929; became full faculty member a year later. Received Master of Arts from UK, 1932 and Ph.D., 1940 from University of Wisconsin. Named to a full professorship and made head of the journalism department, 1940, having previously served as acting director. Largely responsible for completion of a new journalism building, financed by profits from operations of the Kernel Press, 1951. Authority on etymology and law of the press. Was reporter, state editor and city editor of the Lexington Herald; also worked for International News Service. Directed student publications and managed printing operations at UK. Received Kentucky Press Association’s first President’s Cup for outstanding service, 1959. Contributing author of two books.

Don Whitehead
Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent for the Associated Press. Cited for his first-hand coverage under fire of the Marine crossing of the Han River during the Korean War. As one of three newsmen accompanying President-elect Eisenhower on a secret trip to Korea in 1952, won his second Pulitzer Prize. Covered World War II in North Africa and in Europe and landed with the first assault troops in France on D-Day. Was the first reporter to enter Paris before its capture by the Allies. Was awarded the Medal of Freedom by the U.S. Army for achievement as a war correspondent; also received a Polk Award for distinguished reporting. Covered domestic events and politics for the Associated Press. Wrote five books. Born at the Kentucky-Virginia border, spent boyhood in Harlan. Attended the University of Kentucky; awarded honorary degree in 1948. Early newspaper experience on the Harlan Daily Enterprise and the Knoxville Journal; later was Washington bureau chief of the New York Herald-Tribune. Died January 12, 1981.
 
 
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Barney Arnold
Farm director, WHAS, Inc., 1952-1978. Three times received Kentucky Farm Bureau’s communications award; also received the National Farm-City award for the “creative dramatization of the interdependence of farm and city.” The Commonwealth of Kentucky, Indiana Farmer’s Union, Future Farmers of America, Mid-South Fair and the Hoosier Cooperative Clinic have recognized him for his role in the area’s agricultural community. Traveled over 20,000 miles a year to gather first-hand reports for WHAS Radio and Television. Served as information specialist with the USDA War Board during World War II; later became farm director of KVOO in Tulsa. Former vice president of National Association of Farm Broadcasters.

William B. Arthur
Executive director of the National News Council, formed in 1973 to consider complaints of the inaccuracy or unfairness of news disseminated by national news organizations and to deal with complaints from the media of attempts to restrict freedom of news-gathering. Former editor, managing editor and assistant managing editor of Look magazine. Served as chief of the press branch of the war Department Bureau of Public Relations during World War II; discharged as an Army lieutenant colonel; received Legion of Merit. Started journalism career as a sports writer. Later was reporter, copy editor and assistant sports editor of the Courier-Journal. Received honorary degree and distinguished alumni award from the University of Kentucky. Former president of Sigma Delta Chi. Active in professional, civic, community and religious organizations.

Clay Wade Bailey
Veteran Frankfort reporter for various newspapers, covering events in the state capital for 46 years. Knew every Kentucky governor or governor-to-be from J.C.W. Beckham to John Y. Brown, Jr. Started journalism career in 1927 as assistant to chief of the Courier-Journal’s Frankfort bureau, uncovering numerous scandals in state government. Served as reporter and columnist for the Kentucky Post. Was manager of the Frankfort bureau of United Press and correspondent for the Lexington Herald and the Lexington Leader. Named state director of publicity in 1948, returned to newspaper work eight years later. Had an uncanny photographic memory and the ability to read government documents upside down which he saw on officials’ desks. Bridge over the Ohio River at Covington named in his honor. Died February 19, 1974.

Barry Bingham, Sr.
Guided the Courier-Journal and the Louisville Times to greater national prominence starting in 1937 when he succeeded his father as chief officer of the newspaper company. Under his leadership, the papers received six Pulitzer Prizes and numerous other national awards, including rankings in the top 10 newspapers of America. Established WHAS-TV and built Standard Gravure Corporation as printer of Sunday newspaper magazines. Served 39 months overseas as U.S. Navy officer during World War II; received Bronze Star twice. Made study missions to Europe to report on occupation conditions; given rank of Commandeur, Legion d’Honneur, by French government for service. Fulbright lecturer at Oxford, England, in 1955. Commander, Order of the British Empire. Holds honorary degrees from eight colleges and universities. Twice elected overseer of Harvard University. Chairman, American Press Institute advisory board, 1962-68. Advisory Board for Pulitzer Prizes, 1956-68; Honorary President, Sigma Delta Chi, 1956-57; Chairman, International Press Institute, 1964-66. Strong supporter of human rights, conservation and enrichment of arts. Now chairman of the board of family companies.

Joe Creason
Sports reporter, feature writer and columnist for the Courier-Journal, 1941-1974. Editor of the Benton Tribune-Democrat and Murray Ledger & Times before joining the Courier-Journal. Traveled hundreds of thousands of miles through every county in Kentucky in search of material for feature stories and his popular column, “Joe Creason’s Kentucky,” which were collected into two books and a record album. An avid historian, in 1960 he coordinated the writing of “The Civil War in Kentucky,” the first newspaper supplement to win the National Civil War Centennial Commission’s award of Distinction. Was president of the University of Kentucky Alumni Association and the Kentucky Tennis Patrons Foundation. Hailed by Jesse Stuart as a “goodwill ambassador” for his newspaper and for Kentucky. Died August 14, 1974.

Herndon J. Evans
Editor of the Lexington Herald, 1956-1967. For 32 years, editor and publisher of the Pineville Sun. Previously worked as state editor of the Courier-Journal, and for the State Journal and the Associated Press in Frankfort. An ardent conservationist, fought for the preservation of the Cumberland Falls area as a state park. Was president of the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival and served as U.S. Court Commissioner for the Eastern District of Kentucky. Promoted the Kentucky state park system through his editorials in Pineville and Lexington and was a member of the State Parks Board. Past president, Kentucky Press Association. Active in Democratic politics in Kentucky. Was a member of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees. In 1967, received the Governor’s Award of Merit. Author of The Newspaper Press in Kentucky, 1976. Died February 26, 1976.

Livingston Gilbert
Newscaster and anchorman for WAVE radio and television for almost 40 years. Started as an announcer with WAVE radio in 1941. When WAVE-TV went on the air, began a dual radio-television career. First television newscast was in 1948. Remained sole newscaster on WAVE-TV until 1972 when he worked with his first partner on the news show. Spent entire career at WAVE, never apologized for the fact that he was not a writer or a journalist but a deliverer of the news. Distinguished career unmatched for longevity by any other local broadcaster in the country. During his final broadcast at the end of 1980, said he hoped he would be remembered for his “integrity.” Spent three days a week reading books for the American Printing House for the Blind. Died February 7, 1981.

Julian Goodman
Former chairman of the board and chief executive officer for the National Broadcasting Company. A native of Glasgow, attended Western Kentucky State College before graduating from George Washington University. Started working for NBC while in school, first as a news writer for WRC in Washington. Held various editorial and executive posts at NBC until he was named executive vice president in October, 1965. Two months later, became NBC’s chief administrative officer and three months after that was elected president, a post he held until 1974. Strong advocate of freedom of broadcasting, initiated a number of major innovations at NBC. Holds the distinguished alumnus award from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Received the National Association of Broadcasters highest award for “leadership in advancing and protecting the concepts of free broadcasting.”

Enoch Grehan
Founded the University of Kentucky Department of Journalism in 1914 and served as its head until 1937. Under his direction, the department became one of the nation’s pioneers in the field of professional journalism instruction. The journalism department grew from a small beginning to become one of 32 Class A departments in the nation. Through personal loans, was instrumental in aiding the students in the acquisition of a student-owned and operated newspaper plant. Started career on the Lexington Press; later became city editor of the Lexington Herald, news editor of the Lexington Leader, and editor of the Lexington Evening Gazette. Estimated that he wrote 60,000 editorials and editorial comments during his career. A pioneer in his field and a national leader in the area of journalism education at the college level. Died December 12, 1937.

L. J. Hortin
Founder of the journalism education program at Murray State College in 1928, served as chairman of the department for 19 years. Director and professor of the School of Journalism at Ohio University, 1947-1967, building one of the five largest journalism programs in the United States. Returned to Murray State University in 1967, served as director of journalism until his retirement in 1974. At Murray, established a major’s program and a master’s program in journalism. Formerly worked for the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the Associated Press, United Press and the Murray Ledger & Times. A civic and community leader, was a strong advocate of TVA. Received the distinguished service to journalism award from the Ohio Newspaper Association in 1967 and the distinguished alumnus award from Murray State in 1976. Holds two honorary literary degrees.

Editor and publishGeorge Joplin, Jr.er, the Somerset Commonwealth, 1925-1957. Started newspaper career while a student at Centre College. Served as editor, Danville Daily Messenger; sports editor, the Lexington Leader. His Somerset paper received more than 75 awards for journalistic excellence. Past president, Kentucky Press Association. Was state and national correspondent for Centre College athletic teams; named them the “Praying Colonels.” Served on Centre’s board of trustees. Active in state and editor of In Kentucky magazine in 1946. President of Somerset Chamber of Commerce; active in numerous civic projects. Avid conservationist and promoter of state parks and tourist industry in Kentucky. Brought his paper to a position of influence and distinction. Died April 2, 1957.

Nevyle Shakelford
Nevyle Shackelford was connected with writing for most of his life. He sold his first story at the age of 16 for $6. He was the former editor of The Beattyville Enterprise and worked for the Cincinnati Post and The London Sentinel-Echo. He was the author of the book Romance of Lee County and wrote for several magazines. He was best known for his work on folklore and legends on plants. He wrote weekly columns “Short Rows” and “Outdoor Lore” for many years for the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture and was named Agriculture Man of the Year by the Kentucky Farm Journal in 1980. He also taught school for 12 years in Eastern Kentucky. He died on March 11, 1999.

Albert P. Smith, Jr.
President of Al Smith Communications, Inc., which operated weekly newspapers in Russellville, Leitchfield, Morgantown and Cadiz, Ky., and in Brentwood, Tenn. Named co-chairman of the Appalachian Regional Commission in Washington in 1979. Producer and moderator of the weekly Kentucky Educational Television program, "Comment on Kentucky," 1974-1979. Named Distinguished Broadcast Journalist by Western Kentucky University in 1978. Wrote and produced numerous award-winning documentaries for KET. Recognized for newspaper editorial writing. Started journalism career in New Orleans, served as state editor of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Avid conservationist and historian. Former chairman, Kentucky Arts Commission and Kentucky Oral History Commission; past president, Kentucky Press Association. Won American Legion national oratorical at age 15. Civic and community leader.

Enos Swain
Former editor and general manager of the Danville Advocate-Messenger. Began his newspaper career with the Danville Daily Messenger while a student at Centre College. Later worked for the Harrodsburg Herald and the Harrodsburg Democrat, and served as associate editor of the Somerset Commonwealth. Was alumni secretary and director of publicity at Centre College; was later named to the board of trustees and president of the alumni association. Noted historian, author and raconteur. Long active in Republican Party; was member and chairman of State Personnel Board during administration of Gov. Louie Nunn. Former president, Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Press Association, and Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce. Strong advocate for press rights.

Edwards M. Templin
Promotion director of the Lexington Herald-Leader Co., 1944-1967. Started work as reporter on the Lexington Herald in 1929; later became city editor: also worked for the Lexington Leader. President of the National Newspaper Promotion Association in 1957; later became president of NNPA's Southern Region; received association's highest award in 1962. American Newspaper Publishers Association gave him distinguished service award in 1957. Named most valuable member of the Kentucky Press Association in 1963; was president-elect of KPA at time of death. Served as Kentucky chairman of Sigma Delta Chi; active in numerous civic and charitable organizations; cited by American Red Cross for aid to flood victims in 1957. Prominent in various Republican political campaigns. President of the Lexington-Fayette County Chamber of Commerce. Died January 3, 1967.

Helen Thomas
White House bureau chief for United Press International; has reported the activities of Presidents and First Ladies since 1960. First woman to head up the Presidential coverage of a major news service; senior staff member of UPI at White House. Traveled extensively with Presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon; accompanied the latter on summit trips to China and Soviet Union. Went with Secretary of State Kissinger to the Middle East and China and with President Ford to China. Elected president of the White House Correspondents Association in 1975, first woman to hold that office. Also first woman elected to the historic Gridiron Club in its 96-year history. Received the Distinguished Achievement Award for newspaper journalism presented by journalism alumni of University of Southern California. Author of Dateline: White House, a book published in 1975 about life at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Native of Winchester. Started her journalism career as a reporter for the Washington Daily News; joined UPI a year later as a radio writer; transferred to national staff in 1956.

Henry Watterson
Editor of the Courier-Journal, 1868-1919. Established the Courier-Journal both in fact and reputation; made the paper a respected voice throughout the nation but especially in the South. Colorful but powerful, Watterson was a master editorial writer--the last of the great personal journalists. At age 78, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1918 for two editorials supporting American entry into World War I. Coined the phrase during World War I, "To Hell with the Hapsburgs and the Hophenzollerns." Once criticized for attacking his beloved Democratic Party, Watterson replied editorially, "Things have come to a hell of a pass when a man can't wallop his own jackass." The fiery, colorful, charming, infuriating editor knew every president and president-to-be from John Quincy Adams to Franklin D. Roosevelt and took an active part in 11 presidential campaigns. Died December 22, 1921.