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Amye Bensenhaver, former assistant attorney general (photo provided by Ms. Bensenhaver)

Amye Bensenhaver is a retired assistant attorney general who, for twenty-five years, specialized in Kentucky’s open records and meetings laws. She is the co-founder of the Kentucky Open Government Coalition. (Stories)

Berry Craig of Arlington, Ky., is a professor emeritus of history at West Kentucky Community College in Paducah and an author of seven books and co-author of two more, all on Kentucky history. His latest book is Kentuckians and Pearl Harbor: Stories from the Day of Infamy, published last fall by South Limestone Books, an imprint of the University Press of Kentucky. (Stories)

From 1981 to 1987, Mark Heinz served as a journalist in the U. S. Army. His work was published in Stars and Stripes, Army Times, The Paraglide, The Jobber, and Soldier and EurArmy magazines. More recently his work appeared in Back Home in Kentucky, MidWest Outdoors, and Kentucky Afieldmagazines. He has authored eight novels. His literary novel, Shine, received glowing reviews in The Courier-Journal, Bowling Green Daily News, and Lexington Herald Leader. His columns appear regularly in Grayson County News. He lives at Nolin Lake, Kentucky, with his wife Carrie. (Stories)

Robert Kahne is a graduate of the University of Kentucky’s Martin School for Public Policy. He works as a data scientist in Louisville, where he lives with his wife Kelsey, his dog Gertie, and his cat Cookie. In addition to hosting My Old Kentucky Podcast, Robert serves on the board of Highlands Community Ministries, volunteers with the Civic Data Alliance, and attends Highland Baptist Church. (Stories)

Ivonne Rovira, a teacher and an activist, is the research director for the statewide organization Save Our Schools Kentucky. Ivonne previously worked for The Miami Herald, the now defunct (and greatly lamented) Miami News, and The Associated Press. All three of her children are proud products of Jefferson County Public Schools. (Stories)

Aaron Smith (Stories)

Jazmin Smith is a born and raised Bullitt Countian. She holds a J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law and is now a public defender in Louisville. She is also a member of the Louisville Bar Association. When she’s not in Smoketown recording My Old Kentucky Podcast, you can find her at Yelp Elite events, Rooster’s, and the Louisville Free Public Library. (Stories)

Neal Turpin (square)

Dr. Neal Turpin is a City Planner and Part Time Faculty in the University of Louisville’s Department of Political Science. He enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, working out at the Southeast YMCA, learning how to bake, and reading about public policy. He is active at Buechel Park Baptist Church. (Stories)

Paul Wesslund (square)

Paul Wesslund retired in 2015 after 20 years as editor of Kentucky Living magazine, and is now a freelance writer living in Louisville. His latest book, “Small Business, Big Heart,” has just come out in audio format. (Stories)

Marshall Ward taught high school history and economics for twenty years in Charleston, SC. He then moved to Murray, KY, where he taught AP history for seventeen years. He also taught at the Murray State Commonwealth Honors Academy, and was a supervising teacher for numerous student teachers from MSU. He is the former president of the Calloway County Retired Teachers Association, and serves on the executive council of the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association. In addition to writing for Forward Kentucky, he is a columnist for the Murray Ledger and Times. (Stories)

Dr. Ken Wolf spent 40 years teaching European and World History, punctuated by  several administrative chores, at Murray State University, retiring in 2008. During his career he also served as a Dean in the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program and was a founder of the Commonwealth Honors Academy at Murray State. He lives with his wife Deanna in Murray; they have three adult children, all living in Kentucky. He considers himself a “long-haul liberal outsider/insider” in his adopted state. He now spends his time writing short essays on politics and religion/spirituality in an attempt to make “good trouble.” (Stories)

Other Contributors

Christina Conover (Stories)

Catherine Hill (Stories)

Nick Lacy (Stories)

Dr. Greg Leichty (Stories)

Anora Marie Morton (Stories)

Dr. Del Ramey (Stories)

Ariana Velasquez (Stories)

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