Beshear Marks Three Years In Office

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says he’s been “energized” by his first three years in the state’s highest office. In year-end interviews with reporters, Beshear is assessing his gubernatorial tenure.

In a wide-ranging interview, touching on issues from furloughs to his latest economic development trip to India, Gov. Beshear is still hoping to win passage of expanded gambling before he leaves office.

“I have not lessened my commitment to do something that will get our horse industry on an even playing field again with all of those other states we’re competing with who right now have access to a lot more revenue because of expanded gaming of some type,” he said.

Beshear says he is proud of his administration’s efforts to keep Kentucky’s budget balanced in tough economic times, without draconian cuts to education, public safety and health services. And says he continues to work hard to bring new jobs to the state. Beshear is already seeking a second term, with Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson as his running mate.

By Tony McVeigh

Veteran broadcast journalist Tony McVeigh has been covering Kentucky politics since 1986, reporting for Clear Channel Communications before joining Kentucky Public Radio in 2004. His stories are aired by seven KPR affiliates, whose signals blanket the Commonwealth and parts of surrounding states. McVeigh began his broadcasting career at WRFC in Athens, Georgia, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He has extensive anchor/reporter experience, including stints with South Carolina Network and Georgia Radio News Service in Atlanta. In 2007 and 2008, McVeigh was named Best Radio Reporter in the Kentucky Associated Press Awards. He also picked up consecutive AP Awards for Best Political Coverage. McVeigh won four Kentucky AP Awards in 2009, six in 2010 - including Best Political Coverage and Best Hard News Feature - and three in 2011. His coverage of the 2007 Kentucky governor's race topped the Political Reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards of 2008. In 2009, McVeigh placed second in Courts and Law Reporting in the Atlanta-based competition for journalists in 11 Southern states. McVeigh is also the proud recipient of an Individual Liberty Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The Brunswick, Georgia, native is a die-hard UGA football fan who enjoys photography, astronomy, live music, hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge and exploring the state's beautiful back roads. McVeigh and his big, fat, black cat Simon, reside in Frankfort, KY.