About David Thompson

Herald-Leader receives Report for America grant to add visual journalist in 2020

By David Thompson | December 06, 2019

From the Herald-Leader Staff The Lexington Herald-Leader will receive a grant from Report for America in 2020 to add a visual journalist focused on covering issues and challenges in rural communities throughout Kentucky. This will be the third journalist hired at the Herald-Leader since 2018 through a grant from Report for America, which will place 250 emerging journalists in 164 host news […]

Rural, Republican areas in the Commonwealth have seen dramatic income gains, losses this decade

By David Thompson | December 06, 2019

From Al Cross, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues An item on The Rural Blog Thursday, “Rural and Republican areas have seen the most dramatic income gains and losses in the past few years,” leads to some interesting data about Kentucky. It may also show another reason Matt Bevin lost, and the need for greater economic-development efforts in rural […]

National Newspaper Association applauds postal bill

By David Thompson | December 06, 2019

From Tonda Rush, NNA General Counsel National Newspaper Association President Matt Adelman, publisher of the Douglas (Wyomimg) Budget, today announced that a postal reform bill supported by NNA has achieved a sufficient number of both Democrats and Republicans as sponsors and action has been recommended to Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  Adelman thanked Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., for his leadership in moving […]

Regina Catlett elected Vice President for 2020

By David Thompson | November 27, 2019

Regina Catlett, who co-owns the Sebree Banner/Sturgis News and has served as KPA treasurer for the last two years, has been elected Vice President of the organization for 2020. Regina and Dennis Brown, publisher of the Lewis County Herald in Vanceburg, were both recommended by the KPA Board to be elected VP. That recommendation came during the 2019 KPA Fall […]

Inaugural festivities will be featured in photo coverage from KPA, story on swearing-in

By David Thompson | November 27, 2019

Scenes from previous inaugurations provided by KPA; editors have received an email and pdf form to request specific photos of local interest; deadline December 5 to return form to KPA                                 As it has since 2007, KPA will be offering photo coverage of the 2019 […]

Steve McClain named Communications, Public Affairs director for Kentucky Retail Federation

By David Thompson | November 27, 2019

The Kentucky Retail Federation has named Steve McClain of Georgetown as the organization’s new communications and public affairs director. “(Steve’s) experience in reporting on issues at a variety of government levels and his work with associations will prove invaluable to KRF members,” said Tod Griffin, KRF president. McClain is a 1989 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with a  B.A. in […]

Metro Police sue Courier-Journal to avoid releasing sex abuse scandal records

By David Thompson | November 27, 2019

By Darcy Costello, Louisville Courier Journal The Louisville Metro Police Department has sued The Courier Journal to avoid releasing records in the Explorer Scout sex abuse scandal that roiled city government and led to criminal prosecutions of two of its officers. The move follows an Oct. 24 ruling from the Kentucky attorney general saying the city’s argument that it didn’t possess the […]