Walter Grant to deliver ‘State of the First Amendment’ address Oct. 2 at UK

A two-time editor of the Kentucky Kernel, Walter Grant, will deliver the 13th annual “State of the First Amendment Address” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 2.

“A Challenging Environment” is the topic of Grant’s address, part of the annual First Amendment Celebration of the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center at the University of Kentucky.

Grant, who grew up in Winchester, was editor of the Kernel in 1965-66 and 1966- 67. He succeeded his brother, William, who won numerous Emmy awards for his work in public television.

Walter Grant worked in Washington for a year as editor of the College Press Service. Then he went to Vanderbilt Law School and graduated first in his class. He spent a number of years working in different legal capacities before his retirement. He and his wife Ann live in Atlanta. Grant has been recognized as a distinguished alumnus of the School of Journalism and Media at UK.

“The First Amendment Celebration is an event we in the School of Journalism and Media highlight every fall,” said Mike Farrell, interim director of the school and director of the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center. “It is an opportunity to give our students and our community a deeper understanding of why the First Amendment is essential to journalism and why journalism is essential to democracy.

“We look forward to hearing the perspective of a trained journalist and attorney on how journalists should cope in this challenging environment.”

The celebration will begin at 7:30 in the UK Athletics Auditorium on the first floor of the William T. Young auditorium. A reception precedes the celebration in the gallery adjoining the auditorium at 6:30. The university community and KPA member newspapers are invited to attend.

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