Licking Valley Courier covers tornado that destroyed its newsroom

This week's Licking Valley Courier came out a day later than usual, but the West Liberty, Ky., paper had a pretty good reason: Its offices, and the house of publisher Earl Kinner, were destroyed by a tornado Friday that left five dead. Kinner was rescued and, once in a shelter, he and reporter Miranda M. Cantrell began interviewing other people who had survived the twister. The Courier joined Facebook on Tuesday and began publishing pictures of the storm damage in West Liberty and news about disaster relief. The Mount Sterling Advocate, headquartered 49 miles away in Mount Sterling, printed this week's special tornado print edition.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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