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Report Gauges Kentucky's Civic Health

A new report on Kentucky’s civic health shows trust in the media at an all-time low. That conclusion is found in the 2016 Civic Health Index released by Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Fewer than half of Kentuckians have confidence in the media, a ten-percent decline in the past three years.

Grimes held a roundtable discussion yesterday at Western Kentucky University. She said that technology is playing a much bigger role in how citizens get their news and information.

"About four years ago, 10 percent of Kentucky's population was receiving news online," Grimes said. "Today you have more than 60 percent of Kentuckians and folks nationally receiving their information online."

Grimes encourages citizens to get their news from multiple sources and guard against fake news. She’s calling on the state’s constitutional officers and members of the General Assembly to sign a pledge to refuse to distribute false information.

On a positive note, the civic health index showed Kentuckians are becoming more involved in their communities while donating more of their time and money to various causes.

Lisa is a Scottsville native and WKU alum. She has worked in radio as a news reporter and anchor for 18 years. Prior to joining WKU Public Radio, she most recently worked at WHAS in Louisville and WLAC in Nashville. She has received numerous awards from the Associated Press, including Best Reporter in Kentucky. Many of her stories have been heard on NPR.
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