Tom Kelly, Dodson Native, Honored by Louisiana Press Assn. for Career Spanning Over 60 years

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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards (center) shared a moment with Louisiana Press Association honoree Tom Kelly (left) and State Representative Jim Fannin (right) in Baton Rouge last Tuesday. Kelly was recognized for a career spanning over 60 years in the newspaper industry. Governor Edwards was the guest speaker for the newspaper association’s annual meeting while Fannin presented Kelly with a Louisiana Senate Resolution introduced by State Senator Gerald Long in honor of Kelly’s distinguished career in journalism.

The Louisiana Press Association recognized Dodson native Tom Kelly last week for a career spanning over 60 years in the newspaper industry.

Kelly was honored in Baton Rouge last week at a Louisiana Press Association (LPA) Luncheon, where Governor John Bel Edwards delivered the keynote address. Kelly reminded the Governor his publication, The Piney Woods Journal, endorsed him four years ago and joked he would do it again had he not sold his paper.

In addition to receiving the LPA honored, Kelly was presented with special recognition from the Louisiana Senate through the efforts of Senator Gerald Long. Long was unable to attend the luncheon, but State Representative Jim Fannin of Winnfield presented the resolution to Kelly on behalf of Sen. Long.

Kelly began his career in newspapers in December of 1949 as a reporter for the Winn Parish Enterprise. His career took his throughout Louisiana and multiple states before he returned home to Dodson in 1997 and started the Piney Woods Journal. The Journal is an award-winning monthly publication specializing in the coverage of forestry and agriculture interests in Louisiana, Texas and the middle South.


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