Longtime Western KY Columnist Dies at 70

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) -- Longtime columnist and reporter Judy Jenkins of The Gleaner in Henderson has died. She was 70.

The Gleaner said she died Monday, about a year after being diagnosed with cancer.

Jenkins, married for 49 years to former Gleaner editor Ron Jenkins, started working for the newspaper as a summer job in 1963, but by the end of the summer, she liked it so much she stayed.

She retired in 2007 but continued writing columns nearly every week as a correspondent. Through the years, she wrote about everything from the reactions of Henderson residents to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy to a family camping trip and interviewed former governors, the first female underground coal miner in western Kentucky and "Peanuts" creator Charles Schulz.

Editor David Dixon said in a statement, "For 50 years, Judy Jenkins has been The Gleaner's shining star."

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