I had the privilege this week of participating in a conference call with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Josh Moore, the legal clinics coordinator with the Reporters Committee, set up the conference call and put out feelers for folks to participate, either in person or on a conference call.
I had gotten a couple of emails from Josh and he’d made some “likes” on the KPA Facebook Page so I was familiar with the name.
Then came another email, asking me again to participate in the conference call. He told me that as a Kentuckian he hoped that KPA would be involved. That’s all he needed to say to attract my willingness, letting me know he’s a Kentuckian.
After agreeing to join in, I asked him about this Kentucky connections and from that information, I probably should have known him already, if not met him.
Here’s Josh on his background and Kentucky connections:
“I grew up in Muhlenberg County and graduated from WKU in 2011. While at WKU, I was editor-in-chief of the Herald, and I spent three years spearheading advocacy for the Kentucky Student Press Bill (guaranteeing student journalists their First Amendment rights). I worked pretty closely with David Greer on that, but it was ultimately unsuccessful.
“After WKU, I spent three years as a copy editor (and eventually copy desk chief) for Paxton at the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer as they were building their consolidated production hub there. I left Owensboro in 2014 to go to law school at American University in D.C. I’ve been at the Reporters Committee since law school, first as a legal fellow then on staff.”