Lawrence W Hager Sr.

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Lawrence W. Hager Sr.

Department: Laureate

Inducted in 1998

Founder and chairman of the boards of Owensboro Publishing Co. and Owensboro Broadcasting Co. Moved to Owensboro in 1910 after receiving Master of Arts from Centre College at age 20.

Over the next 70 years, education, health, transportation, politics, charity and civic groups were influenced by Hager and the newspaper he headed. He founded the Goodfellows Club, which has provided Christmas parties for thousands of underprivileged children since 1916. Active in state Democratic politics. Consolidated Owensboro's two newspapers in 1929 and started WOMI, city's first radio station. First newspaper job as reporter for Frankfort State Journal. President of Kentucky Press Association, 1933; received association's award for "community service through journalism," 1970.

Hager helped establish Owensboro-Daviess County Chamber of Commerce and Owensboro Rotary Club and received an honorary degree from Kentucky Wesleyan College.

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