KET founder recognized for contribution to Kentucky
February 14, 2013
We would like to extend our congratulations and appreciation to our founder, O. Leonard Press, who has been awarded the 2012 Vic Hellard Jr. Award for excellence in public service from the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission. You can watch the entire award ceremony here.
Len is a pioneer for using the power of television to bring educational resources into Kentucky’s classrooms and homes. In the 1950s, when television itself was taking its first tentative steps, an idea was formed in Kentucky: Use the medium to overcome geographic barriers and educate young people.
And the story of how that idea became Kentucky Educational Television is the story of O. Leonard Press. Read it all here.
Says Shae Hopkins, KET executive director and CEO: “We are so pleased that Len Press is being recognized with this award. Through his vision and hard work, he created and established KET as Kentucky’s only broadcast network and one of the nation’s preeminent public broadcasting services. From KET’s inception, Len Press set forth the educational mission and priorities that still serve the Commonwealth and nation today. I can think of no one more deserving of this honor for his selfless lifelong public service.”