Kentucky Paper Appoints First Female Editor

After serving for fifteen months as editor of Lexington’s Herald-Leader newspaper, Pam Luecke became the editor and vice-president of the paper on December 16th. Luecke moved to Kentucky in 1979 and worked for the Louisville Courier-Journal and Times as a business reporter, business editor and regional editor. She contributed to The Courier-Journal’s Pulitzer Prize winning series on the 1988 Carrollton bus crush. She moved to Connecticut in 1989 and worked as the assistant managing editor/metro and deputy managing editor of The Hartford Courant for six years. She served as the supervising editor for the Courant’s Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation of the Hubble space telescope.

In 1995 Luecke moved back to Kentucky, this time serving as the editor of the editorial pages for Lexington’s Herald Leader. Luecke also served as a Bagehot Fellow in economic journalism at Columbia University from 1986 to 1987.

Luecke commented on her promotion as the paper’s first ever female editor that, “I’m enormously proud of that accomplishment. There aren’t enough women in leadership positions in general. I hope maybe in some way I can be a role model for other young women considering getting into journalism.”


The Herald-Leader - December 17, 1996

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