For the Alfred Hitchcock film, see The Mountain Eagle. The Mountain Eagle is a local weekly newspaper published in Whitesburg, Kentucky. It is the main newspaper of Letcher County, Kentucky and one of the primary newspapers of Eastern Kentucky. It was published by Thomas E. Gish until his death in November 2008 and edited by his son, Benjamin T. Gish. Founded by Nehemiah Webb in 1907, The Mountain Eagle has been owned by the Gish family of Letcher County since 1956. It has won numerous awards for its coverage of strip mining and its environmental effects, education, and political corruption. The newspaper's motto is "It Screams."