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


  • Rudy Abramson, chair, Reston, Va.; author; former correspondent, Los Angeles Times
  • Noah Adams, national correspondent, National Public Radio
  • Tom Bethell, independent journalist, Editorial Services, Washington, D.C.
  • Bill Bishop, reporter, Austin American-Statesman
  • Julia Bonds, organizer/director, Coal River Mountain Watch, Whitesville, W.Va.
  • James Branscome, Standard & Poor's equity research managing director, McGraw-Hill Cos.
  • Dr. Alice Brown, Berea, Ky., president, Appalachian College Association
  • John Mack Carter, former president, Hearst Magazines Enterprises, New York, N.Y.
  • Jim Clinton, executive director, Southern Growth Policies Board
  • Dee Davis, president, Center for Rural Strategies, Whitesburg, Ky.
  • Robert M. 'Mike' Duncan, president, Inez (Ky.) Deposit Bank; general counsel, Republican National Committee
  • Dr. Ron Eller, University of Kentucky historian; former director UK Appalachian Center; co-principal investigator on rural journalism initiative
  • Ben Gish, editor, The Mountain Eagle, Whitesburg, Ky.
  • William Greider, national affairs correspondent, The Nation; author, Who Will Tell the People? and The Education of David Stockman and other books
  • Ferrel Guillory, director, Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; formerly of Raleigh News and Observer
  • Nancy Green, vice president, Lee Enterprises; publisher, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.
  • Peter Hille, executive director, The Brushy Fork Institute, Berea, Ky.
  • Alex Jones, director, Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • Tim Kelly, publisher, Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader
  • Beverly Kirk, anchor, News Channel 8 (WJLA-TV), Arlington, VA.verly Kirk
  • William Leonard, dean, Wake Forest University Divinity School, Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • Alan Lowe, executive director, Howard Baker Center, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
  • Pam Luecke, Donald W. Reynolds Professor of Business Journalism, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va.
  • Homer F. Marcum, Holston United Methodist Home for Children, Greeneville, Tenn.
  • O. Leonard Press, founding director, Kentucky Educational Television, Lexingto
  • Rita Ray, executive director, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Charleston
  • Jamie Ross, producer and co-writer, James Agee Film Project, Charlottesville, Va.
  • Virgil Smith, president and publisher, Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times
  • James D. Squires, Versailles, Ky., horse breeder; former editor, Chicago Tribune, and author, Read All About It: The Corporate Takeover of America's Newspapers, and other books
  • Robert Turner , executive director, Southern Man and the Biosphere Project, Knoxville
  • Jesse White, director, Office of Economic and Business Development, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; former federal co-chairman, Appalachian Regional Commission
  • Jill Wilson, President, West Virginia Humanities Council, Cottageville, W. Va.
  • Dr. Carl Zipper, director, Powell River Project on reclamation, Virginia Tech University
  • Al Smith, chair, host of "Comment on Kentucky;" former owner and editor of Kentucky and Tennessee newspapers; former Appalachian Regional Commission federal co-chair
  • Dr. Terry L. Birdwhistell, associate dean for special collections and digital programs, University of Kentucky Libraries
  • Marie Cirillo, Clearfork Community Collaborative and What on Earth, Eagan, Tenn.
  • Dr. Elizabeth Hansen, professor of journalism, Eastern Kentucky University
  • Bob Hendrickson, publisher, The Ledger-Independent, Maysville, Ky.
  • Judy Jones Owens , former director of the University of Kentucky Center for Rural Health and former Eastern Kentucky reporter for The Courier-Journal and Lexington Herald-Leader
  • Dr. Roy Moore, professor of journalism and director, First Amendment Center, University of Kentucky; lawyer; media law author; co-principal investigator on rural journalism initiative
  • Renee Shaw, producer for Kentucky Educational Television and associate producer of weekly "Comment on Kentucky" public-affairs program
  • Howard 'Ed' Staats, former Kentucky bureau chief, The Associated Press
  • Paul Wesslund, vice president for communications, Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives, and editor, Kentucky Living magazine
Institutional Collaborators (part of Steering Committee)
  • Dr. Beth Barnes, director, School of Journalism and Telecommunications, College of Communications and Information Studies, University of Kentucky, Lexington
  • Dr. Paul Ashdown, professor, School of Journalism and Electronic Media, College of Communication and Information, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Dr. Corley F. Dennison III, dean, W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Marshall University, Huntington, W. Va.
  • Kent Flanagan, journalist in residence, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, and former Nashville bureau chief of The Associated Press
  • Dr. David O. Loomis, assistant professor of journalism, Indiana University of Pennyslvania, Indiana, Pa.
  • Dr. Jack Mooney, journalism division head, Department of Communication, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City
  • Dr. Maryanne Reed, acting dean, Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism, West Virginia University, Morgantown
  • Bill Reader, assistant professor, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University, Athens; formerly of the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa.
  • Dr. Stuart Towns, chairman, Department of Mass Communications, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, Mo.
  • Dr. Glenda Treadaway, interim chair, Department of Communication, Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C.
  • Chris Waddle, director, Knight Community Journalism Fellows, University of Alabama
  • Paul Wesslund, vice president for communications, Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives, and editor, Kentucky Living magazine

Institute Director: Al Cross, columnist and former political writer and for The Courier-Journal; past president, Society of Professional Journalists; charter member, IRJCI advisory committee (Read more)



Institute for Rural Journalism & Community Issues

University of Kentucky
School of Journalism and Telecommunications

122 Grehan Building, Lexington, KY 40506-0042

Phone: (859) 257-3744, Fax: (859) 323-3168

Last Updated: Nov. 22, 2005