Tue, October 28, 2014 5:00 PM
Featured Speakers: Mr. Trey Grayson, has served as Director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University since 2011 after previously serving six years on the IOP’s Senior Advisory Committee. Mr. Grayson is a recognized expert and frequently interviewed on the Institute’s younger voter research effort exploring political beliefs of Millennials (18 to29 year olds), American largest generation. Mr. Grayson’s work as Director is also focused on exploring ways to increase fairness in, and access to, the democratic and electoral process, including election administration, presidential primary and voter registration reforms. Mr. Grayson served two terms as Kentucky’s Secretary of State from 2014-2011. Mr. Grayson graduated with honors from Harvard College (A.B., Government, 1994), where he was an IOP student leader, and from the University of Kentucky (J.D. 1998, M.B.A., 1998), as one of the first Kentucky MBA Scholars and Bert Combs Scholars, the College of Law’s top scholarship. Prior to his election, Grayson served as an attorney with Greenebaum Doll & McDonald and Keating, Muething & Klekamp. Mr. Grayson and his wife, Nancy reside in Belmont, Massachusetts with their two daughters Alex and Kate; Mr. Al Cross, is director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, based at the University of Kentucky, and an assistant professor in UK’s School of Journalism and Telecommunications. He reported for The Courier-Journal for 26 years, the last 15 ½ as chief political writer, and continues to write a twice-monthly political column for the Louisville newspaper. He is a longtime panelist on Kentucky Education Television’s “Comment on Kentucky” and has been a contributor to several books on Kentucky and politics. He grew up in Albany, KY., is a graduate of Western Kentucky University, and worked at newspapers in Monticello, Leitchfield and Russellville before establishing The Courier-Journal news bureau at Somerset, which later moved to Bardstown. He and his wife Pam have lived in Frankfort since 1987; and Mr. Ronnie Ellis, State Reporter for CNHI Newspapers in Kentucky. Mr. Ellis graduated in 1975 from Western Kentucky University with a B.A. in English and Journalism. He has worked more than 20 years as photographer, reporter, and columnist with a couple of stints outside news business working for Untied Way. Mr. Ellis’ work with the Frankfort Bureau of CNHI News Service allows him to cover state government, the General Assembly, politics for Kentucky papers and produce a weekly column. He was formerly a news reporter for the Glasgow Daily Times for more than 20 years. He worked briefly for the Henderson Gleaner in late 1980’s. He has won several Kentucky Press association awards for photography, reporting, editorial writing, and columns. Mr. Ellis was born in Glasgow, Kentucky. He has two children, a daughter Scottie, and son Jack.
5:00 P.M. Banquet Hall in the Badgett Academic Support Center