Former AP correspondent Mark Chellgren dies at age 62


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Mark R. Chellgren, who covered Kentucky state government for about two decades for The Associated Press, has died at age 62.

Steen Funeral Home Director Mary Vanhoose said Chellgren died Saturday at his residence in Ashland. His funeral is scheduled for Wednesday.

Chellgren retired from the AP in 2006, saying he thought 26 years in the journalism field was enough.

He was named the AP Frankfort correspondent in 1983. Before that, he was correspondent in the Evansville, Indiana, office of The AP and was responsible for coverage of western Kentucky and southern Indiana.

His colleagues nicknamed him “Bones” for his skinny frame, a name that stuck throughout his career.

In a note to AP staffers before he left, Chellgren said he was counting on colleagues to “carry on what has been a solid tradition of covering the news in Kentucky without gimmicks.”

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