William F. “Billy” Reed is a national award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist, radio talk show host, public speaker, investigative reporter, communications specialist and author.
As a print journalist, Reed was a senior writer for Sports Illustrated magazine from 1988-1998, and special correspondent and staff writer from 1968-1987. At the Louisville Courier-Journal he served as sports editor from 1977-1986, general columnist and special projects writer from 1972-1977, and staff writer, from 1966-68. He has also written for the Lexington Herald-Leader.
In addition to print journalism, Mr. Reed had a long broadcast media career. He was a radio talk show host for WHAS, WTMT, and WAVE in Louisville. He also contributed commentaries for WHAS-TV in Louisville and WKYT-TV in Lexington.
Mr. Reed is the author of more than a dozen books, including "Celebrating 54 Years of Freedom Hall" (Butler Books, 2010) and "The Monarchs and The Great American Rock n’ Roll Dream" (Butler Books, 2009).
With more than 50 years of experience in sports journalism, Billy Reed has been honored by the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame, Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame and U.S. Basketball Writers Hall of Fame, among others.
His coverage of Thoroughbred racing has earned him three Eclipse Awards, eight Red Smith Awards for Kentucky Derby Coverage and a host of other honors.
Mr. Reed's community outreach includes involvement with The Healing Place, Kentucky and Southern Indiana Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Kentucky Thoroughbred Media, and much more.
Currently, Reed is an adjunct professor at the National Center for Sports Journalism, Indiana University.
Billy Reed was born in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. He graduated from Transylvania University, with a BA in English.
For more on Billy Reed, check out our "Louisville Life" feature on The Monarchs, based on his book.
Learn about the history of Louisville's Freedom Hall in this program's Etc. segment.
- Program 511
- Meet tomorrow's stars today at Actors Theatre of Louisville, as we spotlight the apprentice program. Plus, flip through the histories of Louisville's Germantown and Schnitzelburg neighborhoods, visit the celebrated Oscar's Hardware and meet local sports journalist and author Billy Reed. (#511)