John Fetterman (reporter)

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John Fetterman (1920 – 1975) was an American journalist, a reporter for The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky. He won the Pulitzer Prize for local, general, or spot-news reporting for his 1968 story "PFC Gibson Comes Home", about the death of a soldier in Vietnam and the return of his body.[1] It focused on the young man's family in Knott County, Kentucky and the wider community. Fetterman also contributed to a Courier-Journal series on strip mining that won a Pulitzer Prize in 1967.[citation needed]

Early life and education

Born in Danville, Kentucky, Fetterman served in the U.S. Navy before enrolling at Murray State University under the G.I. Bill. After his graduation in 1949, he served on the staffs of the Murray Ledger and Times and the Nashville Tennessean. After graduate school at the University of Kentucky, Fetterman joined the staff of the Louisville, Kentucky newspaper.

Journalism career

He was the author of the 1967 book Stinking Creek, about life around the creek of the same name in Knox County, Kentucky.[2]

John Fetterman's freelance writing also appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, National Geographic, Time, and Life.

Daughter Mindy Fetterman, also a newspaper journalist, is known for her work as a reporter, columnist and financial editor of USA Today.


  1. "1969 Winners". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2013-10-30.
  2. Kleber, John E. The Kentucky Encyclopedia. University Press of Kentucky. p. 856. ISBN 0-8131-2883-8.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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