Meet Kentucky.com's watchdog reporters and editors:
1. Accountability reporter Linda Blackford writes about a wide variety of topics, including the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. She is a native of Charlottesville, Va., and graduated from the University of Virginia in 1990 and Columbia University in 1994. She joined the Herald-Leader in 1997. Reach her at 859-231-1359 or firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Enterprise editor Sharon Walsh directs the newspaper’s investigative reporting efforts. A native of Louisville, Ky., she is a graduate of the University of Louisville and the University of Kansas. She joined the Herald-Leader in 2005. Reach her at 859-231-1688 or email@example.com.
3. Accountability reporter Valarie Honeycutt Spears writes about a wide variety of topics, including how government serves, or fails to serve, the state’s poorest, most vulnerable and most troubled citizens. She is a native of Lexington, Ky. and graduated from Transylvania University in 1983. She joined the Lexington Herald-Leader in 1981. Reach her at 859-231-3409 or firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Government accountability reporter John Cheves writes stories that hold government officials and agencies accountable for their words and actions. He is a native of Venice, Fla., and joined the Herald-Leader in 1997 after graduating from the University of Missouri. Reach him at 859-231-3266 or email@example.com.
5. Accountability reporter Cheryl Truman writes about a wide variety of topics, including higher education and the business of health care. She was born in Floyd County and raised on Lexington’s north side. A graduate of Transylvania University and Columbia University, she has worked for the Herald-Leader since 1981. Reach her at 859-231-3202 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. Ryan Alessi no longer works for the Herald-Leader.
7. Political writer Jack Brammer covers Kentucky’s elections and the political maneuvers of elected officials. He is a native of Maysville, Ky., and graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1976. He began working in The Lexington Leader’s Frankfort bureau in 1978. Reach him at 502-227-1198 or email@example.com.
8. State government reporter Beth Musgrave is our primary finger on the pulse of state government. She is a native of Warsaw, Ind., and a graduate of Hanover College and Northwestern University. She has been at the Herald-Leader since 2004. Reach her at 502-875-3793 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
9. Government editor John Stamper directs the newspaper’s politics and government coverage. He is a native of Monticello, Ky., and has worked for the Herald-Leader since graduating from Western Kentucky University in 2000. Reach him at 859-231-3204 or email@example.com.
Linda J. Johnson is the newspaper’s computer-assisted reporting coordinator.
A native of Denver, she graduated from the University of Colorado in 1984 and has worked at the Herald-Leader since 1997.
Reach her at 859-231-3338 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bill Estep covers south-central Kentucky. He grew up in Pulaski County and is a graduate of Western Kentucky University.
Estep has worked at the Herald-Leader since 1985.
Reach him at (606) 678-4655 or email@example.com.
Jennifer Hewlett has written about a variety of subjects for the Herald-Leader, including articles on transportation, business, Kentucky courts, higher education, Fayette County schools and police and crime.
A Madisonville native and an employee of the Herald-Leader since 1973, Hewlett holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Kentucky. Reach her at (859) 231-3308 or firstname.lastname@example.org.