You can rightly ask that question of me. My name is Alan Reed, and I’m 37 years old. Readers of the Paducah Sun may recognize my byline. I’ve written a lot about Marshall County of late. Whether it’s the local option, the Eggners Ferry Bridge or breaking news, my previous job brought me to Calvert City, Draffenville, Benton, Aurora and many of the townships and communities Marshall County residents call home.
I’m a newlywed. My wife Holly (nee Bacon) is a Paducah native and a Heath High School graduate. She is a beautiful and brilliant woman, and is indeed my better half.
Living in Kentucky, I became a rabid UK basketball fan with the arrival of “Coach Cal” during John Wall’s year. I’m big into hockey, cheering for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Holly watched several games with me at a Paducah sports bar, and I can safely say, she may be a bigger fan than I am. I love talking most sports, and also cheer for the Dallas Cowboys and from time to time, the Chicago White Sox.
Before moving to Kentucky nearly six-and-a-half years ago, I lived in Tampa, Fla. I moved up here to take a job at my first paper, the Cadiz Record in Trigg County. My editor at the time was Vyron Mitchell. He took a chance on a man he’d never met, who had never worked in news and hadn’t written anything of note since he worked at his high school paper.
I learned a lot under Vyron, but the time came to move on. My career took me to the Kentucky New Era in Hopkinsville. My editors Laura Coleman Noeth and Jennifer Brown taught me how to turn in stories on a daily deadline and polished my writing.
After a year, I moved to the Paducah Sun. Managing editor Duke Conover and news editor Ron Clark got me away from just beat reporting and taught me how to report breaking news. Veteran reporters Bill Bartleman and Shelley Byrne led through example, and I am better for working with them for most of the past 3 years.
So why am I here? To tell your stories. I’ve learned life in a small town in western Kentucky is never as quiet as it seems. Around every corner is an interesting story full of characters. News can happen in a blur, and I love being there to watch the story unfold.
I did not know Jody Norwood well, but spent a few days training with him. I can tell he was respected through the community and have enjoyed his writing and style. There will likely be changes to the Tribune Courier in the weeks and months to come, but none drastic or sudden. We have a very good paper, but I hope to make it even better. My door is open to readers for ideas, suggestions and criticisms.
Speaking with Venita Fritz, I come away with the impression that she wants to give readers more of what they want, and even more value for their money. I’ve met most of the staff and consider this to be an excellent team. I’m happy to be here, and am pleased to have a chance to get to know Marshall County readers on a more personal basis than possible at a regional paper. You will find me out on the streets and in my office weekdays. Come by and say hello. Tell me what you find interesting and want to see in the Marshall County Tribune Courier.