- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Carl West, the former longtime editor of The State Journal and the man who founded the Kentucky Book Fair, has died. He was 74.

Tiffany McKinney with Herrod Brothers Funeral Home said West died Sunday at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington. The State Journal (bit.ly/1RfDU44) reported West died after developing complications from a stroke he suffered last week.

West had three Pulitzer Prize nominations when he became editor at the Frankfort newspaper in 1979, a role he kept until 2013. He was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame in 2003 and recently received a public service award for creating the Kentucky Book Fair in 1981.

Former publisher Ann Dix Maenza said West “lived and breathed news” and had a heart of gold beneath a gruff exterior.

“He freely shared his time and knowledge with reporters entering the field, and even the most seasoned reporter learned from him. A gruff exterior at first glance, but Carl’s heart was pure gold. It was quite an honor to have worked with him for almost 20 years,” she said.

A native of Campbell County in northern Kentucky, West worked for the Kentucky Post before moving to Washington to cover the Pentagon for Scripps-Howard.

His brother, John West, a retired assistant U.S. attorney, said arrangements are still pending.

“He was a newspaperman’s newspaperman,” John West said. “He loved his profession and he was good at it. He was a great Kentuckian and the Commonwealth of Kentucky has lost a great citizen.”

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Information from: The State Journal, https://www.state-journal.com

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