Al Smith (#703)
Al Smith, who was the moderator of KET's Comment on Kentucky for over 30 years before his retirement in 2007, joins Bill for a discussion of his new memoir, Wordsmith: My Life in Journalism.
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Smith, who turns 85 in January 2012, was the 2011 recipient of the James Madison Award for Service to the First Amendment, given annually to a Kentuckian by the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center in the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Telecommunications.
Smith began his newspaper career in New Orleans. He moved to Kentucky in 1958 to become editor of the Russellville News-Democrat, which became part of a chain of weekly newspapers he headed until selling the company in 1985.
Selected to host Comment on Kentucky in 1974, Smith gave the series its name and served as its producer. Before, during and after his year as president of the Kentucky Press Association in 1975, he helped lead the effort to pass the state Open Meetings Act and Open Records Act.