Fayette County

Herald-Leader staffers to talk about airport spending scandal

While the Blue Grass Airport Board missed warning signs last year that top executives had racked up more than $500,000 in questionable expenses, Herald-Leader reporter Jennifer Hewlett was busy tracking down the details.

The waste, fraud and abuse uncovered by Hewlett, with the help of reporter Ryan Alessi and editor Sharon Walsh, led to a series of newspaper stories that spurred a state audit and the resignations of airport executive director Mike Gobb and three of his lieutenants. Law-enforcement agencies are now investigating.

Join Hewlett and Walsh at 7 p.m. Monday in the Buckner Room at the Herald-Leader to hear how they reported the Blue Grass Airport expense scandal. The event is open to the public. It is sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists Bluegrass Pro Chapter.

Free parking is available in the front lot of the newspaper, at 100 Midland Avenue in Lexington.