Regina Catlett honored as KFB’s 2015 Communications Award recipientPosted on Dec 4, 2015
The Communications Award, which consists of a plaque and $300 cash prize, has been presented by KFB annually since 1960. Media outlets, county Farm Bureaus and other agriculture-related agencies nominate candidates whose outstanding journalism work has created a better understanding of Kentucky’s agriculture industry over the last year.
Union County Farm Bureau nominated Catlett for the commendable work she produces on behalf of Kentucky agriculture. Catlett, who also taught for 33 years, comes from a newspaper background; her parents and grandfather owned the Sebree Banner and the Princeton Leader respectively, and she now works with her brother in the business. Catlett’s parents bought the Sebree Banner in 1962 and the Sturgis News in 1983.
“Regina spends every waking hour covering events in Union and Webster Counties,” said Barbara Wells, Chair of the of Union County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee. “It is not a job, it is her life.”
Catlett, who began work at the papers as a teenager, attends every event in the area connected to agriculture including events related to Farm Bureau, 4-H, FFA, Extension services, schools and civic clubs, to name a few.
In addition to her duties with the newspapers, she is active in a number of organizations including Sebree Chamber of Commerce, where she serves on several committees, a member of the Kentucky Press Association (KPA) since 1984, a current board member of KPA, a member of the Webster County FFA Alumni Association, and a member of the Webster County Foster Care Board.
Catlett has been the recipient of many awards including a three-time Teacher of the Year for Webster County Schools, Outstanding Service Award from the American Legion, Outstanding Community Partner award from Union County Schools, Friend of Education award from Union County Schools, Honorary Chapter Farmer from FFA and the Lighthouse Media Award from the American Cancer Society. Incidentally, Catlett performs all of her newspaper duties without drawing a salary.