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John Ed Pearce

John Ed Pearce

1986

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.