- Associated Press - Friday, February 12, 2016

DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) - John A. Nelson, who has led the newsroom at The Advocate-Messenger in central Kentucky for nearly 20 years, has announced that he is retiring.

Nelson told staff at the Danville newspaper (bit.ly/1TXa5ug) last week that he was stepping down from his position as executive editor.

Journalists including Kentucky Press Association President David Thompson said Nelson will be remembered as a good leader who was dedicated to open government. In 2004, he was instrumental in producing a statewide open records audit of three public agencies.

Thompson said the audit helped educate not only journalists, but lawmakers who had recently enacted new legislation on openness.

Nelson has received multiple journalism awards and was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of fame in 2013.

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Information from: The (Danville, Ky.) Advocate-Messenger, http://www.centralkynews.com/amnews

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