John Asher - Vice President of Racing Communications at Churchill Downs

John Asher, vice president of Racing Communications at Churchill Downs, will be the next guest on's Talkin' Horses.

John Asher has worked in the Thoroughbred racing industry as an award-winning journalist and publicist for more than 30 years.  He joined Churchill Downs and has served in his current position since March 1999.  

As a radio journalist at WHAS-AM and WAVE-AM in Louisville, Asher earned five Eclipse Awards for “Outstanding National Radio Coverage of Thoroughbred Racing.”  Other horse industry honors include the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners’ Warner L. Jones Jr. Horseman of the Year award in 2006; the Charles W. Engelhard Award for excellence in media coverage from the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders; the Dean Eagle Award from the Knights of Columbus; and a media award from the Kentucky Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association.

His non-racing industry reportage earned a National Headliner and Scripps-Howard Award, and honors from the Society of Professional Journalists, Radio & Television News Directors Association and Kentucky Broadcasters Association.  He was honored seven times by the Associated Press as Kentucky large market radio’s “Best Reporter.”

A native of Leitchfield, Ky., Asher is a graduate of Western Kentucky University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. 

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