National Advisory Board

Organizational affiliations of non-academic members are listed only for identification purposes.

Execuitve Committee members are listed in bold.

  • Al Smith, chairman, former host of "Comment on Kentucky;" former owner and editor of Kentucky and Tennessee newspapers; former Appalachian Regional Commission federal co-chair
  • Noah Adams, national correspondent, National Public Radio
  • Constance Alexander, independent writer, Murray, Ky.
  • Tom Bethell, independent journalist, Editorial Services, Washington, D.C.
  • Dr. Terry Birdwhistell, dean, University of Kentucky Libraries
  • Bill Bishop, co-publisher, The Daily Yonder, Austin, Tex.; former reporter, Austin American-Statesman
  • James Branscome, retired Standard & Poor's equity research managing director, McGraw-Hill Cos.
  • Dr. Alice Brown, Berea, Ky., president emeritus, Appalachian College Association
  • John Mack Carter, former president, Hearst Magazines Enterprises, New York, N.Y.
  • Marie Cirillo, Clearfork Community Collaborative and What on Earth community newsletter, Eagan, Tenn.
  • Jim Clinton, CEO, Cenla Advantage Partnership, Alexandria, La.; former president, Southern Growth Policies Board
  • Dee Davis, president, Center for Rural Strategies, Whitesburg, Ky.
  • Robert M. 'Mike' Duncan, president, Inez (Ky.) Deposit Bank; member and former chairman, Republican National Committee; director, Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Dr. Ron Eller, University of Kentucky historian and author; former director, UK Appalachian Center; co-principal investigator on rural journalism initiative
  • Kent Flanagan editor, Times-Gazette, Shelbyville, Tenn.
  • Dr. Gil Friedell, director emeritus, Markey Cancer Center, University of Kentucky; founder, Friedell Committee for Health System Transformation
  • Ben Gish, editor, The Mountain Eagle, Whitesburg, Ky.
  • Dr. Nancy L. Green, external relations director, Ivy Tech Community College, Richmond, Ind.
  • William Greider, national affairs correspondent, The Nation; author, Who Will Tell the People? and The Education of David Stockman and other books
  • Dr. Elizabeth Hansen, chair, IRJCI Steering Committee and Department of Communication, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond
  • Bob Hendrickson, publisher, The Ledger-Independent, Maysville, Ky.
  • Peter Hille, executive director, The Brushy Fork Institute, Berea, Ky.
  • Alex Jones, director, Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • Tim Kelly, retired publisher, Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader
  • Beverly Kirk, CEO, Bevkirk International; former anchor, News Channel 8 (WJLA-TV), Arlington, Va., and Washington, D.C.
  • Hilda Gay Legg, Legg Strategies, Somerset, Ky.; former Rural Utilities Service administrator and Appalachian Regional Commission alternate co-chair
  • William Leonard, dean, Wake Forest University Divinity School, Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • Alan Lowe, director, George W. Bush Presidential Library, Lewisville, Tex.
  • Homer F. Marcum, former editor and publisher, The Martin Countian, Inez, Ky.
  • Lois Mateus, partner in redevelopment of East Market Street in Louisville, contributor to The Harrodsburg Herald and former Brown-Forman Corp. executive
  • Judy J. Owens, Appalachian director, Steele-Reese Foundation, Lexington, Ky.
  • O. Leonard Press, founding director, Kentucky Educational Television, Lexington
  • Rita Ray, former executive director, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Charleston
  • John Rosenberg, founder, Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky, Prestonsburg, Ky.
  • Jamie Ross, producer and co-writer, James Agee Film Project, Charlottesville, Va.
  • Renee Shaw, producer, Kentucky Educational Television, Lexington
  • Robert Slaton, former state commissioner of health, Georgetown, Ky.
  • Virgil Smith, vice president/talent management, Gannett Co. Inc.
  • James D. Squires, Versailles, Ky., horse breeder, author, and former editor, Chicago Tribune and Orlando Sentinel
  • Howard 'Ed' Staats, former Kentucky bureau chief, The Associated Press
  • Robert Turner , Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Oak Ridge, Tenn.
  • Tim Waltner, publisher, Freeman Courier, Freeman, S.D.
  • Paul Wesslund, vice president for communications, Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives, Louisville, Ky.
  • Jesse White, director, Office of Economic and Business Development, U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; former federal co-chairman, Appalachian Regional Commission
  • Jill Wilson, president, West Virginia Humanities Council, Cottageville, W. Va.

Institute for Rural Journalism & Community Issues
School of Journalism and Telecommunications, College of Communications & Information Studies
122 Grehan Building, University of Kentucky, Lexington KY 40506-0042
Phone 859-257-3744 - Fax 859-323-3168

Al Cross, director al.cross@uky.edu