The 2001 inductees into the
Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame are Nick Clooney, the late Virginia Harris Combs, William
R. Grant, Guy Hatfield and Monica Kaufman.
12, 2001 (Lexington, Ky.) Five
journalists have been inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame during ceremonies
at the Hilary J. Boone Faculty Center at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. The hall of fame, sponsored by the UK Journalism
Alumni Association, inducts journalists who are natives of Kentucky or have spent
substantial periods of their careers in Kentucky.
native Nick Clooney, now syndicated radio show host and a three-column-a-week writer for
the Cincinnati Post and Kentucky Post in Covington. He
also served recently as a host and writer-researcher for the American Movie Classics
cable-television channel. Clooney began his
broadcasting career on Maysville radio station WFTM while in high school. He eventually became a weekend news anchor and
production director at WKYT-TV in Lexington and program director for WLAP-AM in Lexington. A newsman and broadcaster for nearly 50 years,
Clooney has accumulated more than 300 awards, including an honorary doctorate from
Northern Kentucky University and the Thomas More (College) Presidential Medal. He is the brother of singer Rosemary Clooney and
the father of film and television actor George Clooney.
late Virginia Harris Combs, a Lee County native and longtime columnist for the Mountain
Eagle in Whitesburg. Combs, who died in 2000
at age 99, started her career in journalism after nearly 30 years as a second-grade and
high-school English teacher in the Whitesburg schools, where she started the high school
newspaper. She launched her weekly column,
Family and Friends, focusing on small community happenings and offering
her home remedies, political commentaries and doses of proper English grammar usage. Her column continued for more than 40 years, even
after she moved to Lexington late in her life. A
graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan College, where she played basketball, Combs was inducted
into the Kentucky High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997. She authored two books and was active in local
clubs and church organizations, winning recognition for outstanding service by Letcher
County and Kentucky Wesleyan, among others.
native William R. Grant, the first person to receive a masters degree in mass
communications at the University of Kentucky. Grant
currently is director of science, natural history and features for WNET, New York
Citys public television station and a major source of Public Broadcasting System
programs. Grant has been producer of
The American President and Stephen Hawkings Universe, among
other major public TV programs, and has been executive editor of Nova and
managing editor of Frontline. He
has won major national awards, including five National Council for the Advancement of
Education Writing awards, two Charles Stewart Mott education writing awards, the American
Bar Association Silver Gavel, two Peabody awards and six Emmys. A 1965 graduate of UK, he was editor-in-chief of
the Kentucky Kernel. He spent his early
career as a writer for The Courier-Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Detroit Free Press
and The Lexington Leader. He was a Nieman
Fellow at Harvard University from 1979 to 1980.
Hatfield, who distinguished himself as Kentuckys youngest publisher in 1973. He is the publisher of the Citizen Voice &
Times in Irvine, the Clay City Times and the Flemingsburg Gazette. He was the youngest president of the Kentucky
Weekly Newspaper Association and is the only person to hold that office three times. He was president of the Kentucky Press Association
in 1998 and visited every paper in the state during that year. His newspapers have won 542 awards over the years
from the KPA, the WKPA and the National Newspaper Association for excellence in writing,
editing and photography. The Citizen Voice
& Times has been named best Kentucky weekly in its class 16 times since 1975. He has been recognized by the Boy Scouts of
America for his volunteer service.
of Louisville graduate Monica Kaufman, who has served as news anchor for three evening
newscasts for WSB-TV in Atlanta since 1975. She
began her news career in Louisville, working as a reporter for The Louisville
Times, in public relations at Brown-Forman Distilleries, and at WHAS-TV as a reporter and
news anchor. Over the years, she has won 23
local and Southern Regional Emmy awards. In
1992, she received the Womans Sports Foundations Womens Sports
Journalism Award for local television reporting for her investigative report on the
Georgia High School Associations exclusion of recognition of women. She has received two commendations from the
National American Women in Radio and Television in competition with network programs. She received the Woman of Achievement Award from
the Metropolitan Atlanta YWCA, and was the first African American and second woman to head
Atlantas Metropolitan United Way.
Among the events planned today is the annual Joe Creason Lecture, named for The
Courier-Journal columnist who died in 1974. This
years speaker will be Bonnie Angelo, a Time magazine reporter for 25 years who held
major assignments in Washington, D.C., New York and London.
Over the years, Angelo has covered presidents and prime ministers, political
campaigns and summit conferences, manned space flights and the inaugurations of six
presidents. She is a member of the North
Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame. The Creason Lecture will be at 8 p.m. in the
Singletary Center for the Arts.