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Professor and director emeritus, Institute for Rural Journalism, 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 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.


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


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