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Director and Professor, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, University of Kentucky

Rural Journalism director at University of Kentucky since 2004; full professor since 2018; editor and publisher of the Midway Messenger, The Rural Blog and Kentucky Health News. Author of “Trump and non-metropolitan America: An urbanite saw a rural base where pollsters and journalists didn’t,” in The Trump Presidency, Journalism and Democracy, Gutsche, ed., Routledge, 2018. Reporter for 26 years at the Louisville Courier Journal, the last 15 1/2 as political writer, and writer of a column on Kentucky politics for the newspaper and the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism, which publishes KyForward.com and the Northern Kentucky Tribune. The column also appears in other news outlets. I also write about journalism and the newspaper business, most regularly in the "Into the issues" column for Publishers' Auxiliary, the monthly newspaper of the National Newspaper Association.

Experience

  • –present
    Director and Professor, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, University of Kentucky, University of Kentucky

Education

  • 1978 
    Western Kentucky University, B.A. /Mass Communications