This week’s program

 Next Week’s Program Nov. 14, 2018

November 7, 2018
Next Week’s Speaker….

Al Cross:

is director
of the Institute for Rural
Journalism and Com-
munity Issues, which helps
rural news media define
the public agenda in their
communities and report on
broader issues that have
local impact but few local
sources. The Institute is
based in the UK School
of Journalism and Media,
where Cross is an associate professor in the
Extension Title series, meaning that most of his
work is directed off campus.
As director, Cross is editor and publisher
of three publications: the Midway Messenger,
a mostly online newspaper that he and his
Community Journalism students produce for
a small town; Kentucky Health News, which
covers health in a state with poor health status;
and The Rural Blog, a daily digest of events,
trends, issues, ideas and journalism from and
about rural America, at The
Institute’s website is www.RuralJournalism.
His awards include the Kentucky Journalism
Hall of Fame (2010), the James Madison First
Amendment Award of the Scripps Howard
First Amendment Center at UK (2015), the
media awards of the East Kentucky Leadership
Foundation (2006) and the Kentucky
Psychological Association (2013), and a share
of the 1989 Pulitzer Prize won by The Courier-
Journal staff for coverage of the nation’s dead-
liest bus and drunk-driving crash. He shared an
investigative reporting award in the Southern
Journalism Awards for a 1987 series on surface
mining, including some of the first comprehen-
sive stories on mountaintop-removal mining.
Cross is a graduate of Western Kentucky
University. He wrote for the Clinton County
News and was an announcer at WANY in
Albany, starting at age 13. He established the
Courier Journal’s Somerset bureau in May
1978, moving with it to Bardstown in 1979,
when it became the Central Kentucky Bureau.
He covered legislative sessions from 1980 to
He is married to Patti Hodges Cross, a
Grayson County native and independent
designer/editor of publications. They live in
a 1907 home in historic South Frankfort, near
the state Capitol, with their West Highland
White Terrier, Henry.
















































































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  • Wed 11/14/2018: Meeting
  • Wed 11/21/2018: Meeting
  • Wed 11/28/2018: Meeting
  • Wed 11/28/2018: Board Meeting