Who We Are

Kentucky Forward LLC
Business operations center: 644 Braddock Court, Edgewood, KY 41017

Welcome to KyForward.com, Kentucky’s Online Newspaper, a grand experiment in “community journalism” online.  The KyForward team is committed to being your number one stop for local news and information, interesting – even offbeat – stories well told, and overt “community-building.”

Judith G. Clabes, Editor and Publisher

Judy grew up in Henderson, graduated from the University of Kentucky with majors in English, journalism and education, got her MPA from Indiana State University, and has four honorary doctorates, the latest from the University of Kentucky in 2010. She had a distinguished career in journalism and philanthropy. During 37 years with the E.W. Scripps Company she served as Scripps’ first woman editor, beginning with the Sunday Courier & Press in Evansville and then with The Kentucky Post. She was named president and CEO of Scripps Howard Foundation in 1996. On retirement from Scripps, she and her family moved to the Bluegrass region where they have a family horse-farming operation and she founded the Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative and her own consulting business. 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, the UK Hall of Distinguished Alumni, and the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame. In 2013 she received the Robert N. Clay award for most valuable board member from Bluegrass Tomorrow.

Gene Clabes, Executive Editor

Lending his expertise in community journalism as a senior advisor to KyForward’s reporting, editing and marketing staff is Gene Clabes, a UK School of Journalism graduate, award-winning reporter, and former owner/publisher of a group of award-winning community weeklies in Northern Kentucky. Gene’s other consuming interest is horses. A thoroughbred owner, trainer and breeder, he was equine director for the Kentucky Equine Education Project for five years. He has also been a college-level teacher of journalism and served as president of the Kentucky Press Association. A native of Henderson, he started in journalism in high school as a sports reporter for The Gleaner, was managing editor of The Kernel as a student at UK, was an award-winning education reporter for The Evansville Courier and government reporter for The Evansville Press. He was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame in 2004 and was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award by the University of Kentucky College of Communications in 2005.

Jacob A. Clabes, Managing Editor/President, Brand Marketing Division

Jacob was born in Western Kentucky, grew up in Northern Kentucky and makes his home in Edgewood with his three children. He attended the University of Kentucky in journalism, had internships at several major newspapers, including the Commercial Appeal in Memphis, started his own sign and engraving business and raised and trained Thoroughbred racehorses before returning to journalism in 2011. For KyForward, he manages the day-to-day content, the technology, and the company’s marketing efforts, developing cutting-edge social media and digital marketing and developing strategic partnerships for the enterprise.

Keith Taylor , Senior Sports Writer/Columnist

Keith Taylor, who covers University of Kentucky sports for KyForward, grew up in Richmond, Kentucky and is an award-winning sports editor/writer with a distinguished career in the newspaper industry, winning numerous first-place Kentucky Press Association awards throughout his 23-year career. His awards have included Best Sports Column, Best Sports Story Best Sports Page, Best Sports Photo and Best Sports Feature. He received a first-place award in 2012 for his column on Kentucky’s national championship run in 2012. He also has been a finalist for Kentucky Sports Writer of the Year three times and has covered University of Kentucky athletics for more than two decades. For the past 14 years, he has served as design editor and sports editor for the Winchester Sun, where he has spent the past 12 years guiding the sports department, covering the local and regional sports scene. Prior to joining the Winchester Sun, he was sports editor of the Richmond Register, his hometown newspaper for six years, winning numerous KPA awards and cooperate awards for his writing. Keith’s wife Rhonda, is an elementary school teacher at Kingston Elementary School in Madison County. He is also sports editor for Kentucky Today. Contact him at keith.taylor@kyforward.com.

Art Lander Jr., Outdoor Editor

Art Lander Jr. has been writing about the outdoors in Kentucky since the 1970s. He is a native Kentuckian, a graduate of Western Kentucky University and a life-long hunter, angler, gardener and nature enthusiast. He has worked as a newspaper columnist, magazine journalist and book writer. Lander authored or contributed to six Kentucky books including: Guide to Kentucky Outdoors, 1978; Guide to Canoeing and Kayaking Streams of Kentucky, 1978; Guide to Backpacking and Day Hiking Trails of Kentucky, 1979; Fishing Guide to Kentucky’s Major Lakes, 1984, second edition 1998; Kentucky Encyclopedia, 1992, and Of Woods and Waters, 2005. He received the Best Outdoors Page Award, presented by the Outdoor Writers Association of America, in 1991. Lander was recognized by the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission as a Wildlife Steward during an awards dinner at the Salato Wildlife Education Center on Aug. 14, 2008. He is a former staff writer for Kentucky Afield Magazine, editor of the annual Kentucky Hunting & Trapping Guide and Kentucky Spring Hunting Guide, and co-writer of the Kentucky Afield Outdoors newspaper column.

Mike Farrell, Columnist, Adviser

Mike Farrell is KyForward’s First Amendment columnist and senior adviser to the reporting staff. He is interim director of the School of Journalism and Media and director of the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center at the University of Kentucky. He was a journalist for nearly 20 years at The Kentucky Post, serving as city editor and managing editor. He earned his Ph.D from the University of Kentucky. He and his wife Marsha live in Covington and are the parents of two grown sons – and proud grandparents to six young grandchildren. Contact him at mike@kyforward.com.