About Me


I am a writer and photographer in Lexington, Kentucky. I have been a columnist for The Lexington Herald-Leader and Kentucky.com since 2008 and was the managing editor from 1998-2008,  I previously worked for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Associated Press. My awards include a 2013 Kentucky Governor's Award in the Arts. I was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame in 2016. The craziest thing I have done for a column was rappel down Lexington's tallest building (above, photo by Pablo Alcalá).


My photographs have appeared in Time 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 and story coach since 1995 at The Mountain Workshops, an annual visual storytelling workshop sponsored by Western Kentucky University. I also enjoy travel and landscape photography, and I take a lot of pictures of my two adorable, young grandchildren.

Using Format