Peter Baniak passes the gavel to Jay Nolan

2018 KPA President Peter Baniak (right) passes the gavel to his successor, Jay Nolan, 2019 President, during KPA’s 150th Anniversary Gala on Thursday, January 24. Peter is general manager and editor of the Lexington Herald-Leader. Jay is publisher and president of the Mountain Advocate Media and president of J. Frank Publishing, Inc. Photo by Teresa Revlett.

Student journalists named ‘Most Valuable Members’ by 2018 President Baniak

2018 KPA Most Valuable Member remarks by Peter Baniak       Every year, the outgoing KPA president gets to select a Most Valuable Member for the year. We’re doing things a little differently this year. Kentucky college and university student journalists have had a remarkable run in recent years. On multiple campuses, student journalists, with some financial support from KPA, are taking […]

Fittingly, and coincidentally, 2019 now the Year of the Student Journalist

While KPA was in Louisville for the 150th Anniversary Convention and 2018 President Peter Baniak was celebrating the Most Valuable Members, coincidentally a national effort got underway to recognize students journalists. The Student Press Law Center, the Freedom Forum Institute and the Newseum have joined together to make 2019 Year of the Student Journalist. The Most Valuable Member was presented […]

Members vote for gradual dues increase

The annual KPA Business Meeting was held Thursday, January 24, as part of the 150th Anniversary Convention in Louisville. The only business item was the recommendation of the KPA Board to gradually increase dues by 2.5 percent over a five-year period. The recommendation was for the increase to take effect as soon as approved by the membership. The vote was […]

KPA Past Presidents select 2019 Host Newspapers for internship program

  Probably the largest gathering of KPA Past Presidents in many years took place January 24 during KPA’s 150th Anniversary Convention. But 15 of the presidents, since Betty Berryman in 1986, gathered at the Marriott East to celebrate the history and also to select Host Newspapers for the 2019 KPA/Kentucky Journalism Foundation internship program. The Past Presidents operate as the […]

The First Amendment and Public Access: An Update on Recent Developments in Kentucky Law

The Kentucky Bar Association has granted permission to the Kentucky Press Association to distribute this article for educational purposes. This article appeared in the January 2019 edition of the Kentucky Bar Association’s Bench & Bar magazine. No permission is extended for re-publication of the article. KPA general counsels and FOI Hotline attorneys Jon Fleischaker, Michael Abate and Cassie Chambers Armstrong […]

KPA attorneys file formal complaint against EKU Board of Regents for violating Open Meetings Law

KPA attorneys Jon Fleischaker and Michael Abate have sent a formal letter of complaint to the chair of the Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents for violation of the Kentucky Open Meetings Law.   29 January 2019 Lewis Diaz Chair, EKU Board of Regents 521 Lancaster Avenue CPO 12A, Coates Building Richmond, KY 40475-3102 Re:           Open Meetings Compliance Dear Lewis: […]

President’s gift to the board available for purchase as is ‘Still, We Speak’

Each year, the outgoing President gives a gift to the KPA Board of Directors as a “Thank You” for their commitment to the organization, to the industry and to the President during that year in office. 2018 President Peter Baniak combined the gift with KPA’s 150th Anniversary celebration and had Cricket Press in Lexington design this artwork at right. The […]

News-Graphic produces movie on Kentucky’s winningest high school coach

The Georgetown News-Graphic has produced a movie on Scott County High’s boys basketball coach Billy Hicks, the first boys coach to reach 1,000 wins in Kentucky history. Written and directed by James Scogin, son of publisher Mike Scogin, the News Graphic premieres its movie, ‘The Leader of the Pack,’ February 13 at Scott County High where Hicks coaches.  

2019 begins with Special Election in District 6

The Kentucky Press Association/Kentucky Press Service is opening a Special Election process for the District 6 seat on the Board of Directors. As you may know, Joel Christopher of The Courier-Journal, has resigned his position with the newspaper and thus from the Board of Directors. The term begins immediately and ends at the 2020 KPA Winter Convention. At that time, […]


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