Interview with David V. Hawpe,
Project: Morgan C. Atkinson Documentary Interviews: Louisville, Kentucky
Interview SummaryThis interview was conducted in Hawpe’s Courier Journal office in 1990. It was primarily focused on Louisville as a whole, but his thoughts on the Louisville Falls Fountain are covered.
David V. Hawpe is from Louisville, Kentucky. In 2009 he concluded a 40-year career at his hometown newspapers, during which he rose from Eastern Kentucky Bureau Reporter to Managing Editor, Editorial Director, and Editor of The Courier-Journal. During his tenure in leadership positions, the Courier-Journal won four Pulitzer Prizes.
Hawpe was a member of the Kentucky Humanities Council (2010-16) and served on the editorial board of the University Press of Kentucky. Hawpe graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1965 and was given an honorary doctorate from Lindsey Wilson College in 2009. He was a Nieman Fellow and faculty member at Harvard University from 1974-75, and completed a summer program in media law at Stanford University in 1969. In 2009 he received the James Madison Award for Service to the First Amendment and was given the Distinguished Service Award by the National Associated Press Managing Editors (APME). He served as APME President and led the successful rewrite of its ethics policy, adding a mandate for diverse staffing and coverage by newspapers. Earlier recognition included the 1999 National Walker Stone Prize for Editorial Writing and that year's Anthony Lewis Media Award for Public Advocacy from the State Department of Public Advocacy.
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