Author Don White

When Don White arrived in Lawrenceburg in the fall of 1978 to take over as editor/publisher of The Anderson News, he’d already accumulated enough unique experiences to fill a book.

Twenty-six years of operating what became known statewide as one of Kentucky’s best and biggest weekly newspapers added a ton more experiences, including some bordering on the unbelievable.

He considers the many community service projects completed here during his tenure as a highlight of his career.

The young editor used his position to promote the community and is appreciative of those who say he “ran The Anderson News with his heart as well as his head.”

“I now realize more than ever before how privileged I was to have had the opportunity to live and serve in such a great place as Anderson County,” says White.

“Working alongside such outstanding fellow employees as Janie Buntain Bowen and John Herndon was a real growth experience. Hiring John may have been my greatest accomplishment here. It’s doubtful there is a more dedicated and talented sports writer in the state.”

Speaking of outstanding people, White looks back with a great deal of fondness on the time he got to spend with true community servants such as the Rev. Bob Jones, Judge Jim Catlett, Mayor Kenneth Hoskins, PVA John Allan Perry, Jimmy and Joretta Russell, Craig Birdwhistell, Ann McWilliams, Julian Birdwhistell, Ron Madden, Ralph Dennis, Donna and Larry Drury, Bob and Helen Turner, Bill and Debbie Hudson, Harry Towles, Jim Sayre, Bob Thompson, Sandy Goodlett, Jackie Wells, Betty Richmond, Billie Hendry, Billy and Helen Shryock, and countless others.

In May of 2015, the book White started writing five years ago was finally published.

Paper Boy: Giving His Heart To Journalism, sold out quickly and is now in its third printing.

The first 112 pages of Paper Boy are devoted to the detailing of the Kentucky native’s growing up in Pulaski County, including very personal experiences that would shape the rest of his life.

The book opens with the trauma of  a seven-year-old witnessing the death of his 70-year-old father.

That experience would create strong bonding between the youngster and his mother.

He would go on to become an introverted loner, suffer strong anxiety, and lack self-confidence while living in constant fear of becoming an orphan.

The simple act of going to school became an unbearable experience until White went off to college, escaping those who thought they knew him and hoping to leave his anxieties behind.

While a student at Cumberland College and the University of Kentucky, the future journalist developed the habit of writing his mom a letter every week. She saved them all and excerpts from dozens (which some say are hilarious) are included in the memoir.

White would move on from Somerset to serve as editor of newspapers in Lexington, Liberty, and finally Lawrenceburg, where he would write about a cast of characters ranging from high level politicians, movie and TV stars, to female impersonators.

Following retirement from The Anderson News in 2006, White fulfilled a dream by traveling the state in search of unique feature stories, which were published in more than 70 Kentucky newspapers under the heading Ken & Tucky, and later as The Kentucky Traveler.

Don and his wife, Carol, an English teacher at Anderson High and Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg, reared their two children, Amanda and Dan, in Lawrenceburg.
For the past three years, the Whites have resided in their hometown of Somerset where Don continues his career in journalism as a freelance writer.


When the author of this book (my father) was recently given the letters he wrote to his mother during college, he read them aloud to the family and we laughed hysterically. We knew immediately he needed to find a creative way to share them with others. Those letters are just a small portion of his remarkable life story, as told in Paper Boy - Giving My Heart to Journalism. I was treated to a childhood of both backDON 133 road and big city adventures as the daughter of Don White. There was hardly a dull moment, and I think readers will be entertained by the highlights of Dad's reporting for small town newspapers. Weaved throughout the adventures are behind-the-scenes details of how many of these stories (some of which went national) came to be. You will also get a glimpse of my dad's heart and the transformation he has gone through from childhood to today. I think the best part of the book is the fact he was able to include so many photos - especially since I would find some of these stories hard to believe if they weren't backed up with evidence!

An interesting and entertaining read... The author gives an honest, unadorned account of his life, beginning with a major event that greatly affected the paths he chose to follow. If you like humor, it's woven in throughout the book. If you're interested in small-town journalism, you'll find out what it was like during the writer's career. A rural Kentucky boy overcomes obstacles early in life and enjoys his calling in the newspaper business is the gist of this book, and it's presented in such a way that the reader can't help but experience a range of emotions. I laughed. I cried.

Paper Boy: Giving My Heart To Journalism is a great book to read. It has the ability to make one feel so many emotions. It made me laugh and cry all through it, but also it had its serious moments when I could almost feel what Don White was going through during his growing up years. He took his role in life serious and took care of his responsibilities that I feel sure made him what he is today. You won't regret the time spent reading this book. Once you pick it up, it's hard to put it down until you've finished it. I can't wait to read his next book.

Highlights for me are the numerous letters written by the author to his mom while in college during the 1960s that she kept all this time. Lots of info in them about everything from the price of groceries at the time to insights about University of Kentucky basketball. There are also tons of photos to help tell the story of a small-town Kentucky journalist who made a large impact on his community and reached national attention along the way.

Don White will be selling and signing his book on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Pampered Feet on Main Street in downtown Lawrenceburg. Cost per book is $15.

The book is available on in paperback and for download onto Kindle. Copies may also  be ordered directly from the author: Don White, 119 Keeney Street, Somerset, Ky. 42501. Cost per book is $15 plus $5 for shipping and handling. Books will be autographed and personalized upon request.



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