Hal Morris

Experience: 5-20 Years
Category: Print Journalist

Harold W. Morris, II
561 Townsend Ridge
Lexington, KY 40514
Twitter: @hmorris2



Strong interpersonal, research, oral and written communication skills developed through 19 years of experience as a journalist and editor for daily media publications
Extensive experience as a print editor, Web editor and content director
Excellent project management skills, including the ability to meet tight deadlines on a daily basis
Significant management experience; works well independently and needs little direction to accomplish goals
Experienced technical and creative writer; exceptional investigative, interview, analytical, and data mining skills
Proficient in Microsoft Office, QuarkXPress, Aldus Page Maker, Adobe Photoshop and InDesign
Skilled with photography, film and imaging; able to work with varying settings and fast paced action


University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Publications Production Assistant/Alumni Relations
October 2014 to Present

Identify, research and write copy for University of Kentucky Alumni Magazine, social media communications, newsletters and the alumni association website
Identify and develop content for news releases and other promotional materials to publicize and promote alumni association events and achievements
Edit and proofread copy for print and electronic alumni communications
Daily writing, editing, research, fact-checking with design and content decision-making for University of Kentucky Alumni Association print and electronic communications
Responsible for daily updates to all alumni social media communication sites

The Advocate-Messenger, Danville, KY
Assistant Sports Editor
November 2004 to September 2015

Directly oversaw/managed the production of the sports section for a 10,000 circulation daily newspaper
Daily writing, editing, research, interviewing, sports and news coverage as well as design and content decision-making for print and Web publication
Proficient in the use of social media communications such as Twitter, Facebook, Weblog, etc.
Digital photography and editing skills utilized on a continual basis
Developed and created publications for events such as NCAA Championships, KHSSA State Tournaments
Supervision of section staff

The Sandusky Register, Sandusky, OH
Assistant Sports Editor
June 2000 to November 2004

Day-to-day production of the sports section for a 25,000 circulation daily newspaper including news and feature writing, research, interviewing, photography and game coverage on a tight deadline
Oversaw production for seven-to-eight page Sunday sports section which included enhanced coverage of high school sports, Ohio State football and Cleveland Browns football throughout the year
Conceptualized, initiated and developed the weekly magazine “Fandemonium”, which continues to be a very successful publication for the newspaper

The Oldham Era, LaGrange, KY
Staff Writer
August 1996 to June 2000

Responsibilities included researching, writing and proofing news, features, business and sports stories, taking black and white and color news, feature and sports photos and page design


Morehead State University, Morehead, KY
Bachelor of Arts Journalism and History


Honorable Mention, Best Sports Story, Kentucky Press Association, 2013
Third Place, Best Special Section (College Football Preview), Kentucky Press Association, 2007
Second place, Best Daily Sports Section, Associated Press of Ohio, 2001
First Place: Best Sports Story, Kentucky Press Association 1998 Fall Newspaper Contest
First place, Best On-going News Coverage, Kentucky Press Association 1998 Fall Newspaper Contest
Second Place, Best Feature Photo Essay, Kentucky Press Association 1998 Fall Newspaper Contest


Wellington Elementary School-Based Decision Making Council
Parent Member
May 2015 – Present

Elected for the 2015-2016 academic year. The School-Based Decision Making Council has the responsibility of enhancing student achievement by creating policies within the parameters of Kentucky Regulatory Statutes.