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UC’s Timothy Wyatt receives award from Kentucky Press Association


Williamsburg, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands’ (UC) senior Timothy Wyatt was recently recognized by the Kentucky Press Association (KPA) for his outstanding sports column. He won second place in the university category Jan. 24 at the annual KPA banquet in Lexington, Ky.

“It’s nice for someone to give me recognition for something that I do because writing for the paper specifically can sometimes be really thankless and a lot of people don’t really talk about it or say anything, so having somebody recognize that was nice,” Wyatt said.

Wyatt began contributing to The Patriot—UC’s campus newspaper—in Fall 2012 before becoming a full-time member in Spring 2013, also when he started his sports column. He was an assistant editor for two semesters, but recently has been promoted to editor-in-chief.

“It’s fun and fulfilling, but stressful,” Wyatt said. “And when you take over a spot that someone was in last semester that did a really good job, it’s hard to have to try to fill their shoes.”

Jeremiah Massengale, faculty adviser of the Patriot and assistant professor, said he was happy for Wyatt’s recognition and hard work for UC’s newspaper.

“He puts a lot of work into writing and it’s nice for him to get the recognition he deserves,” Massengale said.

Wyatt has written entertainment, music, news, and advice columns for the Patriot, but his main focus is in sports. He’s also involved with UC’s television station and has been doing a radio show for the past three semesters. After UC, Wyatt said he’d like to get an internship with a television station or newspaper.

“I’d like to continue writing about sports and entertainment, but I’d also like to do stuff in broadcasting on the radio or TV,” Wyatt said. “My ultimate goal would be trying to be one of the people on ESPN who get paid to talk about sports.”

Wyatt is a native of Corbin and attended Whitley County High School. He is majoring in journalism and minoring in communication arts.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; 10 pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit

Article Provided by Amanda Kelly, UC Multimedia and Athletic Services Student Assistant