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Making a Difference: A Sense of Place

Nana Lampton
Nana Lampton

As a lifelong farmer and businesswoman, Nana Lampton says her approach to corporate life shares much in common with the daily chores she performs on her hay and cattle farm that overlooks the Ohio River in Oldham County.

“It’s true — I take the farm with me wherever I go,” said Lampton, the chair and CEO of Hardscuffle, Inc., the holding company for American Life and Accident Insurance Company of Kentucky. “I think we’re so shaped by the natural unfolding of the seasons and our sense of place. It does so much to inform our cultural values.”

Her approach, she said, also explains why she’s a supporter of KET, which year after year does so much to inform Kentuckians about their home state.

“KET reflects the many diverse parts of our state,” Lampton said. “Because KET travels to all the different regions of Kentucky, exploring the people and their stories, it teaches us something about ourselves and our state.”

Lampton, who sits on several non-profit boards across the state, said she’s happy to devote her time to organizations that benefit Kentucky and its future generations.

And KET plays a vital role in the Commonwealth, said Lampton, who is a board member of the Commonwealth Fund for KET, which aids KET in its fundraising efforts, and also served as honorary chair in 2017 for KET’s annual Louisville fundraising event, Spirits, Sparkles and Spurs.

“KET — and public television in general — is very important to our country,” Lampton said. “It’s one of the few outlets that strives to deliver the truth. And that means including the information to back it up.”

As an example, she points to KET’s public affairs coverage, which begins this month with in-depth coverage of state and national elections and live election-night coverage on November 3.

In particular, Lampton applauds Renee Shaw’s work on Kentucky Tonight, Connections and KET’s town-hall forums, adding that Shaw does a “wonderful job revealing the thoughts of the people she interviews.”

“Renee is able to get people — even difficult people who have strong disagreements — to sit down at her table and to really talk to one another,” Lampton said. “And she takes great care to present both sides fairly, so that people have information to make up their own minds.”

When the farm chores are done for the day, Lampton said she enjoys unwinding before KET’s Masterpiece programs, which, steeped as they are in the social mores of a particular era, offer a chance to learn from history.

“They often help us see our own era in a better light,” Lampton said, adding that she’s recently enjoyed Masterpiece’s Endeavour. “That’s one of the things I enjoy about KET’s programming—you can always trust that there will be something there to learn from.”