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Byron Crawford

Contributing Writer

Byron has been sharing stories about Kentucky and Kentuckians for most of his long career in radio, television, newspaper and magazine journalism.

He grew up on a family farm in Lincoln County, attended Murray State University and in his early career, worked as a news reporter at radio stations WAKY in Louisville, WCKY, Cincinnati, and at WHAS Radio and Television in Louisville, where he hosted the popular traveling feature series, “Sideroads.”  In 1979 he became the Kentucky Columnist for the state’s largest newspaper, The Courier-Journal, and spent nearly 30 years traveling to every corner of Kentucky writing stories about fascinating people and places.

Byron hosted the first five seasons of Kentucky Educational Television’s Emmy Award winning Kentucky Life series, and has authored three books of Kentucky stories.  He joined Kentucky Living after retirement from the Courier-Journal, and now writes the magazine’s back page essays.

He and his wife, Jackie, live in Shelbyville.

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