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Veteran Journalist, Original Host Of KET's Comment On Kentucky Al Smith Dies At 94


Al Smith, who brought KET’s public affairs programming to households across the commonwealth for 33 years as the host of the popular program Comment on Kentucky and served as a tireless advocate for journalism and education during his lengthy and successful career, died on March 19, 2021 at age 94.

From Associated Press:

Longtime Kentucky journalist and political TV host Al Smith has died. He was 94. Smith was the host of KET’s “Comment on Kentucky” when the show began in 1974 and remained host until 2007. Smith died at his Florida home on Friday after declining health in recent weeks. Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell says Smith set “the gold standard of community journalism in the Bluegrass.” He also helped establish the Rural Journalism Institute at the University of Kentucky.