Steven S. Reed, April 30, 2019


Steven S. Reed served as United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky from 1999 to 2001. He was the first African-American in the role in Kentucky history.

In this interview, Reed primarily talks about his experiences as U.S. Attorney. He describes his nomination process, including meeting with Attorney General Janet Reno, Senator Mitch McConnell and White House staff. He explains the relationships between the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Western District Court judges, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other federal entities. He also discusses his priorities in office, particularly the issues of violence against women and the creation of a satellite office in Paducah, Kentucky. Reed finishes the oral history with a memory about attending the NCAA Final Four with Judge John Heyburn II and his wife Dr. Martha K. Heyburn.




Anu Kasarabada


Steven S. Reed

Interview Keyword

Federal prosecutors
Judge Ed Johnstone
U.S. Attorney
Violence against women


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Steven S. Reed, April 30, 2019, John G. Heyburn II Initiative for Excellence in the Federal Judiciary Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.