KyForward founders Judy and Gene Clabes to receive Behringer-Crawford Two-Headed Calf Award

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KyForward founder and publisher Judy Clabes, along with her husband and Northern Kentucky Tribune senior editor Gene, are among the winners of the 2018 Two-Headed Calf Awards presented by Northern Kentucky’s Behringer-Crawford Museum.

The awards, which honor Northern Kentuckians for significant accomplishments in the areas of history, education and community service, are named for the museum’s most notorious and fun exhibit: a preserved, two-headed calf. The calf, which celebrates its 102nd anniversary at the museum this year, symbolizes that, very often, true excellence rests with those who demonstrate achievement beyond a single contribution. Just as two heads are better than one, so is the service of the people the awards honor.

Judy Clabes, who is editor and publisher of both KyForward and the Northern Kentucky Tribune, spent 37 years with the E.W. Scripps Company, where she served as Scripps’ first woman editor before being named president and CEO of Scripps Howard Foundation. She was editor of The Kentucky Post in Covington for 15 years and president and CEO of the Scripps Howard Foundation for 14 years. After retiring from Scripps, she founded the Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative and her own consulting business and the online news sites. She has won numerous national, regional and state awards in journalism, philanthropy and community service. She is a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.

Gene Clabes is a former award-winning reporter and owner/publisher of a chain of Northern Kentucky weekly papers who has taught college-level journalism and served as president of the Kentucky Press Association. As associate editor of the NKyTribune, he oversees the editing and assignment process and directs social media. He is also a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.

The Clabes are the parents of two sons and five grandchildren.

This year’s other Two-Headed Calf Award winners are:

• Kenneth F. Harper and Eileen Harper of Crestview Hills – Special Recognition

Karl J. Lietzenmayer of Covington, senior editor of Northern Kentucky Heritage Magazine – Service to History: Scholarship and Public Service

M. Patricia Fox of Petersburg, president of Friends of Big Bone – Service to Learning: Academic Excellence and Innovation

The 2018 Two-Headed Calf award recipients will be honored at an awards dinner and gala at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 22 at Northern Kentucky University’s Votruba Student Union Ballroom.

The event will include dinner, cocktails, live music, a silent auction, raffles and free valet service and parking, in addition to the fun awards celebration. All-inclusive tickets are $100 per person or $800 for a table of eight. For reservations, call 859-491-4003 or email Executive Director Laurie Risch at lrisch@bcmuseum.org by March 10.

From the ridiculous (the infamous two-headed calf) to the sublime (its fascinating collections), the family-friendly Behringer-Crawford Museum celebrates the unique arts, heritage and culture of Northern Kentucky as part of the Ohio Valley.

The museum is located in Devou Park at 1600 Montague Rd. in Covington. For more information about BCM, call 859-491-4003, email info@bcmuseum.org or visit www.bcmuseum.org.

From Behringer-Crawford Museum

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  1. Steve Flairty says:

    Well deserved, Judy and Gene!

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