By Associated Press - Thursday, December 10, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Veteran journalist Rick Green will step down as editor of the Courier Journal months after the Kentucky newspaper won a Pulitzer Prize under his leadership.

The newspaper reports Green is taking a buyout offered by Gannett, the Courier Journal’s parent company. He was named editor in May 2018 and the paper won a Pulitzer Prize in May for its coverage of controversial pardons by former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin.

Green called the position the highlight of his 33-year career with Gannett.

“No one will ever know how much I have enjoyed serving as editor of The Courier Journal,” Green said. “I am so grateful for a talented team that has worked tirelessly to meet the appropriately high expectations of readers across Kentucky. I am so proud of their commitment, their passion and their pursuit of meaningful stories.”

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