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Kentucky New Era


The Kentucky New Era was established in 1869, and takes pride in outlasting a total of 45 different newspapers published in the area since 1813.

It all began with two local attorneys, John D. Morris and Asher Graham Caruth, who first published the Weekly Kentucky New Era right after the civil war. The Kentucky New Era became part of the Wood family in 1873 when a fellow attorney, Hunter Wood, became a partner. By 1881, Wood had acquired full interest in the paper, starting the family journalism legacy that continues today under the leadership a fifth generation member, Taylor Wood Hayes, who is the CEO and Publisher.

Right now, the Kentucky New Era employs just under 100 company-wide full-time employees plus 20 part-time, while also contracting with 40 carriers. Chuck Henderson serves as President, and Taylor Hayes serves as Publisher.

Consistently ranking in the top three best community daily newspapers and media companies in the state judged by its peers, the Kentucky New Era is proud of this recognition.

The Kentucky New Era started the first radio station (WKOA) and the first low power television station (WKAG / TV43) in the community.