NP mayor commemorates 140 years of the NP Telegraph; Keith Blackledge biography book launch

Published: Apr. 27, 2021 at 11:51 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - The North Platte Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Brandon Kelliher presented a celebratory program formally recognizing the North Platte Telegraph for their 140 years of service to the community.

Mayor Brandon Kelliher issued a proclamation to mark the occasion and the launching of a book honoring and remembering the life of the Telegraph’s beloved and former editor Keith Blackledge. Blackledge’s son, Mark, was in also attendance for Tuesday’s celebration.

I think the thing is, that, he truly cared for this community. He lived and breathed for North Platte. There were things that he did behind the scenes that people’s lives here are much better here because of it. - Mark Blackledge.

The book, “North Platte’s Keith Blackledge: Lessons from a Community Journalist” was written by former University of Nebraska-Kearney Journalism Professor Dr. Carol Lomicky.

“This book would not have been possible without the welcoming and assistance that Keith’s family, his three sons and wife Mary Ann were able to provide over the years,” said Dr. Lomicky. “Access to photographs, letters and just recounting the details about Keith as a young man and as a father.”

Blackledge served as the editor for the North Platte Telegraph from 1967 to 1992. He passed away in 2010.

“To see something written about a parent that you think you know and then you start to read the book and there is a lot of things that, either in early childhood or even things that he did when you were in high school, that you just kind of blew off because he was your dad and you really didn’t listen to your parents a whole lot,” Blackledge. “So to see the recognition for him has been a real pleasure.”

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