Posts Tagged ‘Lexington Herald Leader’

Joel Pett Project on One to One

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Joel Pett has been drawing pictures with words for decades — and he gets a paycheck for it.

As editorial cartoonist for the Lexington Herald-Leader, Pett has garnered national acclaim for his work, including winning the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in 1999 and the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning in 2000.

This Sunday on One to One, he talks about his career with the Herald-Leader, and his love-hate relationship with readers, power brokers, and politicians. Over the years, Pett has aimed his biting wit and poison pen at many, even University of Kentucky basketball.

Pett took me to task at the beginning of our conversation for a simple English language faux pas I made about subject-verb agreement. We were already well into the interview by then, so I decided to leave it in — bleep and all!

In this “After the Show” segment, Pett talks about two of his favorite Kentucky subjects, Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Rand Paul, and he demonstrates how he sketches both men.

You can see my full interview with Joel Pett, Sunday at 1 p.m. on KET, and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. on KET2.

Student Cell Phones

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

I don’t know John Rosemond, but I read his column in the newspaper. He’s a family psychologist and author of more than 10 books on raising healthy children, parenting, and discipline who writes a nationally syndicated column in the Lexington Herald Leader.

Today, Rosemond wrote about keeping cell phones out of schools, out of the hands of students in school. A lot of his information was obtained from Jon Akers, director of the Kentucky Center for School Safety. Akers has written an outline essay that asks school systems to prohibit students from having cell phones in their possession during school hours. You can read the full essay at

Rosemond says Akers presents an ironclad argument that student cell phones are not just unnecessary, but contribute to bullying, underachievement, sexual harassment, and numerous disciplinary issues including cheating and even criminal activity.

Akers and the Kentucky Center for School Safety conduct an amazing amount of work on behalf of students, parents, teachers, and education that is applicable to school systems nationwide. It’s nice to see Mr. Akers’ work highlighted in John Rosemond’s column.

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