Faculty in the department of journalism and mass communication have chosen three honorees for this year’s Gutenberg Awards, which will be handed out at the annual celebration at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, in the Hunter Welcome Center.
The recipients are:
- Jan Taylor (’79), director of corporate communications at UK HealthCare in Lexington, Kentucky. As a PR professional, Taylor worked for Texas health and human services agencies and later spent 18 years at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut in roles spanning public relations, employee communication and marketing. In 2005, she became director of communication and advertising for UK HealthCare at the University of Kentucky, where she led a marketing communications team. In June 2015, she left marketing to build a new corporate communication function at UK HealthCare.
- Scott Parker (’81), an award-winning songwriter and producer and co-founder of Hearts Bluff Music Publishing in Nashville, Tennessee. Along with songwriter/performer wife Caryl (McGlothlin ’82) Parker, Parker has produced or written songs recorded by James Otto, Sister Hazel, Will Hoge, Patty Loveless, Joanna Cotten, John David Webster, George Canyon, Kim Hill and many others. In 2005, he co-founded Hearts Bluff, where he leads the Creative and Acquisition Development for the $30 million music publishing company.
- Blake Farmer (’05), news director at Nashville Public Radio, where he started as a freelance reporter in 2005. Farmer now leads a newsroom that wins national awards every year on topics ranging from forest fires to presidential politics. Much of his local work ends up airing nationally on programs such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Marketplace.
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