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Hebert Leaving WHAS
Hebert - a few years ago. At work at a legislative committee hearing. More hair on head. More hair on the upper lip.
I am not going to wax poetic over Mark Hebert's leaving journalism. But I, for one, will miss him.  He is making a safe move to public affairs office at U of L. Regular hours. No ambulances or disasters - just nosy reporters wanting just a bit more than his boss is going to want to reveal. Life will change for the better for Mr. Hebert. It won't change for the better for those of us wanting and needing unbiased journalism from a reporter who followed a story wherever it led. He broke the Tina Conner - Paul Patton scandal that brought a sitting Kentucky governor weeping to confess his sin in public.  Folks here in Clinton find the memory more painful than most in the state. Ms. Conner was a well known figure in Purchase politics. I strongly suspect that Mark had nothing against Paul Patton - he just followed the story. Nor did he have anything personal for or against any of the public figures he chased down hallways lugging his camera for that quote, that money shot.

For years, Hebert has broken political stories that other reporters either ignored or never saw in the first place. He's a first class reporter, but more than that, he's a darn nice guy. My fondest memory of Hebert are from Frankfort - seeing him talking to the trunk of his car in front of the Franklin County Courthouse when a story was breaking, his camera propped up in the trunk. He was the first to call me and congratulate me on winning an unusual write in election to the Frankfort City School Board.

"Mary, you're legal. I looked it up."  Um. Thanks, Mark.

Hebert was the only central Kentucky journalist to pick up on our local ongoing tussle with Utilities, Inc., the unconfessed AIG ("no we're not") subsidiary.

Yeah. Hebert. Wander off the stage. Just don't forget. Wellman tried it for awhile and got lured back to the hot camera lights. We'll be waiting for you, too.

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