Thu December 15, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Al Smith Defines Role of Citizen Journalist

It’s safe to say Kentucky journalist Al Smith has led a full life. During his teenage years, he was an award-winning writer and speaker.  But, then, Smith nearly sank in the sea of alcoholism. He recovered to become a successful newspaper owner, the head of the Appalachian Regional Commission, and for 33 years, Smith hosted “Comment on Kentucky” on Kentucky Educational Television. The soon-to-be 85 year-old has collected his memories in a new book, “WORDSMITH, My Life in Journalism.”  WEKU’S  Ron Smith spoke with him…