'71 Grad Named to Journalism Hall of Fame
Submitted on March 12, 2018
Alumnus Steve York, Class of 1971, is one of six journalists who are to be inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame on April 9. The 2018 class will bring the total of inductees since the hall was initiated in 1981 to 226.
York logged many years in journalism. He started in Lexington at radio stations WVLK-AM and WVLK-FM as a reporter and later news director working with a five-person news team that covered Central Kentucky. From there, he moved to WAVE-TV in Louisville.
He covered stories from Central and Western Kentucky for WAVE from Elizabethtown, reporting, shooting and editing as a “one man band” from 1978 to 1985. He provided WAVE viewers with celebrated coverage of the 1979 and 1983 gubernatorial races, as well as the 1981 coal strike. In 1985, WAVE named him assignment editor, and he was promoted to assistant news director in 1998, overseeing daily operations of the newsroom.
His news judgment, organizational skills, and ability to get scoops from highly placed sources were admired by co-workers and competitors alike. Best known for his “behind the scenes” role in mapping out WAVE’s daily news coverage, his persistence and passion made him a role model and mentor for several generations of aspiring journalists. He retired in 2011 after a 33-year career.
York is the recipient of numerous journalism awards from the Kentucky Associated Press, the Kentucky Broadcasters Association, and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2013, he received a Silver Circle Award from the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
The Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame created by the University of Kentucky Journalism Alumni Association recognizes Kentuckians who have made significant contributions to the profession of journalism. Nominees must be natives of Kentucky or journalists who have spent a significant portion of their careers in Kentucky.
Tickets for the induction luncheon at the Griffin Gate Marriott, located at 1800 Newtown Pike in Lexington, are $50.