I am a journalist, writer and photographer based in Lexington, Kentucky. I was a columnist for The Lexington Herald-Leader  (2008-2019) and the managing editor (1998-2008). I previously worked for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Associated Press. I was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame in 2016. The craziest thing I ever did for a story was rappel down the side of Lexington's tallest building (photo by Pablo Alcalá).


My photographs have appeared in Newsweek and Garden & Gun magazines, in several books, on the Associated Press wire and in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Lexington Herald-Leader and dozens of other newspapers. I have been a writing coach since 1995 at The Mountain Workshops, one of the nation's oldest and most respected visual storytelling workshops. I also enjoy travel and landscape photography.

Governor's Arts Award

When I received the media award in the Governor's Awards in the Arts in 2013, the Kentucky Arts Council made this video about my work as a Lexington Herald-Leader columnist.

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