LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – Radio talk show host Tom Roten is the recipient of the Integrity Award for Coverage of Faith Issues, an honor bestowed by Kentucky’s largest religious organization.
Roten, a veteran broadcaster with 800 WVHU covering the tri-state area of Kentucky, West Virginia and Ohio, helped listeners understand the ramifications of a package of prolife laws that cleared the Kentucky General Assembly earlier this year, including one that banned late-term abortions and another that required doctors to allow women seeking abortions to see ultrasound images of the baby growing inside them.
Roten was the first radio personality to receive the award from the 750,000-member Kentucky Baptist Convention.
KBC Executive Director Paul Chitwood presented the award to Roten at the organization’s annual meeting Tuesday at Highview Baptist Church’s east campus in Louisville.
"Tom is thorough in his coverage of faith issues, always giving Christian leaders the opportunity to explain their perspectives on issues of the day,” Chitwood said. “Our selection committee noted the way in which he approaches every issue with fairness, accuracy and balance.”
Kentucky Today editor Roger Alford, a former correspondent for The Associated Press, nominated Roten for the award.
Alford said Roten understands the impact religion has on the lives of everyday Kentuckians, and he was particularly impressed with Roten’s coverage of religious issues as they progressed in Frankfort.
Roten’s interviews with newsmakers over the past year often generated articles in Kentucky newspapers, particularly when he talked with Gov. Matt Bevin on issues with religious overtones.