For Release: 2013-10-08 11:03:00Ferrell Wellman, host of KET’s longest-running public affairs program Comment on Kentucky, was among four individuals honored last week by the Kentucky Broadcasters Association (KBA) at its annual conference held in Bowling Green. In addition to being inducted into the KBA Hall of Fame, Wellman received the Kentucky MIC award, the organization’s most prestigious honor.
“On behalf of everyone at KET, I congratulate Ferrell on this extraordinary honor,” said KET Executive Director Shae Hopkins. “For the past five years, Ferrell has continued Comment on Kentucky’s insightful and independent analysis of current news and events. He is respected and trusted by audiences, and his work is an asset to our public affairs coverage.”
Serving as host of Comment on Kentucky. since February 2008, Wellman is a veteran broadcast journalist. He was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame in 2006, and for 16 years, he served as an assistant professor in the department of communication at Eastern Kentucky University, teaching courses in broadcast news, video field production, sports and the First Amendment. Prior to that, from 1973-1991, Wellman was the Frankfort political reporter for WAVE-TV in Louisville. While there, he covered a wide range of issues and produced at least one major story from all 120 Kentucky counties.
A native of Pikeville, Wellman earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting from EKU and a master’s degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of South Carolina.
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