Fifty Years of Night
Fifty Years of Night
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About the Book

In 1963, Harry Caudill of Whitesburg published Night Comes to the Cumberlands: A Biography of a Depressed Area, which shone a spotlight on the plundering of the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. The book forever changed Appalachia. On the eve of the book's 50th anniversary, the Lexington Herald-Leader launched a yearlong look at the region's struggles since Night was published. Part 1 of 50 Years of Night, published in December 2012, examines the complicated life of Harry Caudill, a country lawyer who focused the world on the problems of Appalachia. Part 2 of our e-book, published in June and July 2013, examines how the coal industry has altered the land, people and economy of Eastern Kentucky in the past 50 years. Part 3, published in November and December 2013, explores the region's battles with poverty, drug abuse and a lack of education. An epilogue was published on April 27, 2014.

About the Editor

Lexington Herald-Leader
Lexington Herald-Leader

The Lexington Herald-Leader/Kentucky.com is Central and Eastern Kentucky's primary source of news, advertising, information and commentary. The daily newspaper, owned by The McClatchy Co., circulates in 70 counties in Central, Eastern and Southern Kentucky. Kentucky.com has an average of 1.4 million unique visitors each month.

About the Contributors

Bill Estep
Bill Estep

Reporter

Bill Estep writes about Southern and Eastern Kentucky for the Lexington Herald-Leader from its bureau in Somerset, Ky. A native of Pulaski County, Estep graduated from Western Kentucky University in 1983 with a journalism degree and worked at two smaller papers in Harlan County and Pulaski County before joining the Herald-Leader in 1985. He has covered some of Kentucky's biggest news stories over the past 27 years and today lives with his wife and daughter in Somerset.
John Cheves
John Cheves

Reporter

John Cheves is an investigative reporter at the Lexington Herald-Leader, which he joined in 1997. Cheves previously worked in the newspaper's Washington bureau and its state capital bureau in Frankfort. He graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 1993 and today lives with his wife and son in Lexington.
Linda B. Blackford
Linda B. Blackford

Reporter

Linda Blackford covers higher education for the Lexington Herald-Leader and is a member of the paper's accountability team, where she has investigated corruption in courthouse construction, quasi-governmental organizations and non-profits. She joined the Herald-Leader in 1997 as a reporter covering K-12 statewide education. She graduated from the University of Virginia and received a masters degree from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in Lexington with her husband and three sons.

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