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Tom Caudill

Tom Caudill

2019

An effective force for high-quality journalism, he was a mentor and talent scout for generations of young journalists in a 46-year career. A native of Franklin, he earned a journalism degree at Western Kentucky University and was editor of its College Heights Herald. He was a reporter and city editor at the Bowling Green Daily News and associate editor of The Gleaner in Henderson before going to The Lexington Herald in 1981 as assistant city/state editor. He retired as managing editor of the Lexington Herald-Leader in 2017 after 36 years at the newspaper. He played several key roles in the Kentucky Press Association, including president in 1999 and chair of its Legal Defense Fund since it was established in 1996. He was named KPA’s most valuable member in 2000. He was president of the Kentucky Associated Press Editors and serves on the boards of the College Heights Herald and the Kentucky Kernel at the University of Kentucky.