Brammer among those named to Hall of Fame

Mary Ann Kearns - [email protected]

A Maysville native was among the 2018 class entered into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame earlier this month.

Jack Brammer, who is often recognized as the dean of Frankfort press corps, has covered Frankfort politics for 40 years, according to the Hall of Fame, first at the Lexington Leader and later at the Herald-Leader.

Brammer has been the recipeint of many journalism awards, including the 1990 Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting. Brammer was one of a team of reporters whose investigation of problems in Kentucky’s public schools, including inadequate funding led to education reform.

According to the Hall of Fame, Brammer “has been an outstanding mentor to younger reporters in its Frankfort bureau, some of whom went on to be his editors.”

Brammer is known for “his fairness in handling political stories; his ability to get information that no one else could; and his failingly pleasant and courteous demeanor.”

Brammer earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communications from the University of Kentucky and began his career in journalism at the newspaper in Shelbyville, where he still makes his home.

Other 2018 inductees included Rich Boehne, Aileen Chambers Evans, Warren Wheat, Valarie Wright and Steve York. They joined such prestigious past honorees as Hunter Thomson wo originated gonzo journalism, longtime Washington journalist Helen Thomas and TV journalist Diane Sawyer. Longtime Maysville writer Martha Comer, late editor of the Maysville Independent and later The Ledger Independent was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1995.

The hall was created by the University of Kentucky Journalism Alumni Association in 1980. It is housed in the School of Journalism and Media in the Grehan Journalism Building on the Lexington campus.

The 38th annual luncheon and induction ceremony took place on April 9, at the Marriot Resort at Griffin Gate in Lexington. Among those attending from Maysville were Brammer’s brother and sister-in-law, Kenny and Sue Brammer of Maysville.

Mary Ann Kearns

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