August 18, 2006 - Mayor Bill Haslam
announced that he has hired Randy Kenner as Communications Coordinator
for the city of Knoxville. "I'm excited that Randy has decided
to join our team," said Mayor Haslam. "He brings a wealth
of experience and knowledge of the community to the job." Kenner,
46, has been a reporter for the News Sentinel since 1990. He currently
covers the University of Tennessee and higher education; he has
also covered state and federal courts.
He has received numerous journalism awards for his work including
Scripps Deadline Writer of the Year; the Golden Press Card for the
Society of Professional Journalist's East Tennessee Chapter; The
Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Best Investigative Reporting and
he wrote the story that won the News Sentinel the Tennessee Press
Association's award for Best News Story in 2000.
Kenner's prior newspaper experience includes the Clarion-Ledger
in Jackson, Mississippi, The Knoxville Journal and The Mountain
Press in Sevierville.
Kenner is a Knoxville native and a 1984 University of Tennessee