Long-time Lexington sports journalist Jerry Tipton is retiring at the end of the month.
End of an era in Lexington: Jerry Tipton, the tireless UK basketball beat writer for the Herald-Leader, is retiring at the end of June. Jerry was never afraid to ask the hard questions, no matter who was the coach.— Pat Forde (@ByPatForde) May 31, 2022
Tipton has been one of the most notable reporters at the Lexington Herald-Leader for more than 40 years covering Kentucky Basketball through six coaches and three national championships.
Tipton has at times drawn frustrated reactions from Kentucky fans as the reporter who would often ask hard questions and many fans particularly took issue with Tipton talking about crowd attendance on his Twitter account.
And at times, his relationship with John Calipari didn’t seem the best.
Who can forget this back-and-forth?
Jerry Tipton just checked John Calipari.— Clayton Abernathy (@ClayKY1) October 12, 2017
"This is a media day, not coach day." pic.twitter.com/R6Pf718dbn
But there will be big shoes to fill at the Herald-Leader, losing someone with the years of experience that Tipton had.
On a personal note, this writer met Jerry Tipton at a retreat for college journalists back around 2013. I found his story of how he got to where he was and his insight into the Kentucky Basketball program interesting. He also was very kind and offered any and all advice to a room of aspiring journalists.
So best wishes to Jerry in his retirement!
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We will see how this works out, but seems like a good choice.
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