Charles Camp joined the Lexington Herald-Leader in early 2002 as projects reporter. Later that year he became part of a six-person team formed to investigate the systemic failures behind Appalachian Kentucky’s worsening prescription drug abuse problem.
In 2003, the Herald-Leader published its prize-winning series, “Prescription for Pain.” That reporting led Camp to new documents outlining the corporate sales strategy that helped make the narcotic OxyContin so abundant in rural Kentucky that it became known as “Hillbilly Heroin.”
Camp, currently state government editor of the Herald-Leader, worked previously at the Dallas Morning News as a reporter and editor. Before that, he held a number of reporting and editing jobs at The Wall Street Journal.
A native of Connecticut, Camp graduated from Syracuse University. He began his newspaper career in that city as a reporter for the Post-Standard. He is married and the father of three children.