Newspaperman Russ Cassady receives Integrity Award for outstanding journalism

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – Kentucky newspaperman Russ Cassady is the recipient of the Integrity Award for Coverage of Faith Issues, an honor bestowed by the state’s largest religious organization.

Cassady, regional editor for Appalachian Newspapers based in Pikeville, provides his readers a steady diet of religion news and features, recognizing the broad interest in church matters in the region he serves.

Kentucky Baptist Convention Executive Director Paul Chitwood presented the award to Cassady at the 750,000-member organization’s annual meeting Tuesday at the East Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville.

"Russ is thorough in his coverage of faith issues, providing insightful articles about what’s going on the church world, as well as inspirational commentary that provides encouragement to his readers,” Chitwood said. “Our selection committee noted the way in which he approaches every issue with fairness, accuracy and balance.”

Kentucky Today editor Roger Alford nominated Cassady for the award. As regional editor, Cassady oversees news content in the Appalachian News-Express in Pikeville, the Floyd County Chronicle & Times in Prestonsburg, the Paintsville Herald, the Hazard Herald and the Mingo Messenger in Williamson, W.Va.

Alford said Cassady understands the impact religion has on the lives of everyday Kentuckians.

“I’ve known Russ since my days as an Associated Press correspondent covering the Appalachian region,” Alford said. “He has been a tenacious champion for a free press and dogged in his pursuit of fair, balanced and accurate news coverage. I can think of no one more deserving of this prestigious award.”

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