Chip Hutcheson, Recently Retired Editor of the Times Leader, in studio July 10, 2017
Recently retired Editor of the Times Leader, Chip Hutcheson, was in studio Monday morning to talk to WPKY about his career, family, and plans for the future.
Chip started by saying that his parents moved to Princeton in 1949, when he was 10 months old, after they bought the Princeton Leader and that as a result he grew up at the paper. He started writing in high school, mostly sports writing, and worked every summer at the paper, even throughout college. After graduating college he joined the Army Reserves and after completing basic training he returned to Hopkinsville to a job as a sports editor at the Kentucky New Era. While he was in Hopkinsville he met his wife, Karen, who lived in the apartment building next to his. They went on their first date in August of 1972 and by the following April, they were married. After the birth of their eldest, Cindy, they moved back to Princeton and bought the Princeton Leader. Chip owned and operated the paper until 1992 when he sold it to the New Era in a merger with the Caldwell County Times. The agreement with the New Era was that Chip would continue to run the paper and the combined Times Leader would come out twice weekly.
In lieu of his retirement, Chip has handed the Times over to Jerrod Nelson, who has been with the Times for 15 years. Chip is confident that with the respect Jerrod has built within the community, he will flourish as the new editor.
Chip then spoke about the various other groups he’s been a member of over the years, including the National Newspaper Association, which offered him the ability to travel the country and meet many inspiring people, and shake hands with three US presidents. About 12 to 14 years ago he was nominated to the Committee on Public Affairs with the Kentucky Baptist Convention and was nominated and then elected President of the KBC in 2013, where he served a year. Serving in that capacity opened up the feeling that the newspaper business wasn’t the only thing out there for him and early last year Chip felt the Lord was telling him that his time in the newspaper would be ending soon. He told the New Era in September 2016 and then told his staff this past March of his planned retirement. He will be taking two months off to enjoy with his wife and family before going into the ministry.
Chip then took the last few moments to speak about the Amos Award he will be receiving in October. Chip is only the second Kentuckian ever to have received the prestigious award from the National Newspaper Association, the other being Max Heath. Chip revealed that he is very humbled to be receiving the award and feels it’s a great way to leave what was a very fantastic career. Chip ended the interview by talking about the most memorable interviews he’s given including Pistol Pete Maravich, Adolf Rupp, Greg Smith, Judge Cunningham and more, but said that his favorite interviews were always with normal everyday people because their stories were so great. Chip then thanked the community for all it’s done and for all the kind words and thoughts over the years.
You can catch the full interview with Chip Hutcheson below.