LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- It was the story that defined Mark Hebert's journalistic career and perhaps ended the political career of Governor Paul Patton.
Hebert will tell you it was his biggest story--a national story.
A source calling Hebert about the affair governor Patton was having with nursing home operator, Tina Conner, and with that came favors, then retaliation once it ended.
At first the governor denied the affair, but later came clean in a tearful news conference. Hebert said the story wasn’t easy for anyone, including him who was just doing his job.
Patton may be Hebert's legacy story, but there's no doubt which story was the most difficult.
He says hands down, the Carrollton bus crash. But the news coverage that followed led to many changes in bus safety, and change was the key word for Hebert.
His coverage of personal care and nursing homes also led to change. He uncovered the state wasn't doing its job in regulating many homes.
Those stories once again led to change.
Hebert said being inducted is quite the honor, and validation for a job well done.
He says he did it with the viewers in mind, always asking the questions that Joe Sixpack would want answered.
Hebert currently works at the University of Louisville, but says if he could come back for one story it would be the U.S. Senate race between Mitch McConnell, Alison Lundergan Grimes and Matt Bevin.
It’s a doozie of a story for a political junkie and former reporter--who had one doozie of a career.