Former Paducah Sun-Democrat executive editor dies

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - Preston Kennedy, who was the first executive editor at The Paducah Sun-Democrat, which later became The Paducah Sun, has died. He was 90.

The Paducah Sun reports Kennedy died early Thursday at St. Joseph Jessamine Care Center in Nicholasville.

An obituary for Kennedy on the Hager and Cundiff Funeral Home website says arrangements are still pending.

The newspaper reports Kennedy covered the City Hall beat after being hired in 1946 by now deceased editor E.J. Paxton Sr., and held several key positions, including city editor and managing editor, before being named the first executive editor in 1979. He retired five years later.

Friends and colleagues said Kennedy thrived in journalism because he held true to its basic tenets: accuracy, objectivity and entertaining the reader.

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