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Keith Lawrence

Keith Lawrence

2021

Called "the conscience of our community" in Owensboro by one nominator, he has reported for the Messenger-Inquirer since 1972. Equally adept covering national politics, following the state legislature in Frankfort or writing human-interest stories, he is also a regular columnist, sometimes using alter-ego characters to take stands on social issues or raise thoughtful questions for a community newspaper with a diverse audience. A skilled interviewer and writer, "His ability to bring out the story from the person is as remarkable as his talent for bringing the reader along," another nominator wrote. He and his wife Sandra are known for community service, serving as foster parents and most recently chairing a fund drive for children's homes. A native of Ballard County, he holds a master's degree in communications from Murray State University and served in the Army.