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Sharon Burton, publisher of The Farmer’s Pride and Adair County Community Voice, will receive the award Sept. 29 in Lexington, at the annual Al Smith Awards Dinner of UK's Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues and the Bluegrass Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
After a diagnosis at 11 years old, UK sophomore Jessica Waters founded her own nonprofit — dedicating thousands of hours to community service and raising thousands of dollars for children like her. This summer, she received presidential recognition for her service in the nation's capital.
When David Stephenson isn't teaching at UK, advising Kentucky Kernel photographers or freelancing, the award-winning photojournalist is racing the "thoroughbreds of the sky." And he's capturing the beauty of their flight for his nearly 17,000 social media followers.