He’s covered 9 governors. Herald-Leader’s Jack Brammer to join Ky. Journalism Hall of Fame.

Jack Brammer
Jack Brammer Lexington Herald-Leader

Reporter Jack Brammer, who has covered nine governors and some of the state’s biggest stories in a 40-year career at the Lexington Herald-Leader, will be inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame this year.

Brammer, 67, is the newspaper’s Frankfort bureau chief.

He is one of six people to be inducted into the hall of fame in the School of Journalism and Media at the University of Kentucky.

The hall of fame recognizes Kentuckians who have made significant contributions to journalism. Nominees must be natives of Kentucky or journalists who have spent a significant portion of their careers in Kentucky.

Brammer, a native of Maysville who has a masters in communication from UK, worked at the Sentinel-News in Shelbyville for two years before joining the Lexington Leader in 1978. He has covered state government since.

The Leader merged with the Lexington Herald on Jan. 1, 1983.

Brammer has received a number of journalism awards, including the 1990 Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting, which at the time carried the largest financial prize in American journalism.

The award was for an investigation of problems in Kentucky’s public schools, including inadequate funding and political improprieties. The legislature approved landmark reforms the next year.

Brammer and the other reporters involved in the series donated the $25,000 prize toward a scholarship fund at Alice Lloyd College in Knott County named for John S. Carroll, editor of the paper at the time the series was published.

The series also was a finalist for the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting.

Others to be inducted this year are Rich Boehne; Aileen Chambers Evans; Warren Wheat; Valerie Wright; and Steve York.


The induction ceremony is scheduled April 9 at noon at the Marriott Resort at Griffin Gate.

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Bill Estep: 606-678-4655, @billestep1