By Sara Havens, October 20, 2015
Originally posted on Insider Louisville website

Kentucky to the World is a nonprofit that highlights the achievements of Kentuckians in order to educate and inspire, and its upcoming event on Wednesday will showcase journalists Michael Wines and Sharon LaFraniere, who first met while working at The Louisville Times decades ago and who have since moved on to work for The New York Times and other reputable national newspapers.

Titled “Breaking World News from The Louisville Times to The New York Times,” the lecture by the husband-and-wife duo will touch on the couple’s intersecting private and professional lives, including covering Russia’s invasion of Chechnya and the Iran Contra affair.

Wines grew up in Shively and actually started his own neighborhood newspaper at the age of 5. After working for now-defunct The Louisville Times, he moved on to jobs at the National Journal in D.C., the Los Angeles Times and finally The New York Times, where he served as a bureau chief in Moscow, Johannesburg and Beijing.

LaFraniere is currently a national investigative reporter for The New York Times and worked for The Washington Post for more than 20 years. She’s won numerous awards throughout her career, including the Gerald Loeb Award in 2013, the Michael Kelly Award in 2006 and the Overseas Press Club Award in 1999.

Wines and LaFraniere have three children.

“While Sharon and Michael built their early careers in Louisville, they went on to cover some of the most important global events for the world’s top media outlets,” says Kentucky to the World founder and president Shelly Zegart in a press release. “Theirs is a story many don’t know locally and just what Kentucky to the World wants to reveal with its programs.”

The event will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 6:30 p.m. (with a reception starting at 5:30) at the Henry Clay Building. Tickets are $25 and include appetizers by Wiltshire Pantry. You must purchase tickets ahead of time, as none will be sold at the door.

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