Who We Are

Welcome to KyForward.com, Kentucky’ 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, Sr. V.P, Business Development

Jacob was born in Western Kentucky, grew up in Northern Kentucky and now makes his home on a horse farm in Bourbon County 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 raises and trains Thoroughbred racehorses. For KyForward, he manages the advertising department and the company’s marketing efforts, developing cutting-edge social media and digital marketing and developing strategic partnerships for the enterprise.

Carolyn C. Richardson, V.P, Advertising

Carolyn is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a BA in Radio, Television and Films. She has owned her own public relations consulting firm, been director of communications for the Kentucky League of Cities, served as consultant and interim executive director for the Commonwealth Fund of KET, as consultant to the Shakertown Roundtable and as executive director of the Kentucky Center for Public Issues. Her extensive civic activities include: Chair of the Planning and Zoning Commission of LFUCG, chair of the host committee for Spotlight Lexington, serving on the committee for the Governor’s Alltech World Equestrian Games and on the executive committee of the Kentucky Film Commission, as director for the Center for Women, Children and Families, the Women’s Center for Central Kentucky, and the community advisory board for the Junior League of Lexington. She is a member of the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce. In 1999 she received the YWCA’s Woman of Achievement Award. In the late ‘60s Richardson was one of the group of original owners of WKDZ AM FM in Cadiz, which has since been sold. And in the early ‘70s she was chair of the Trigg County Board of Education, the first and only woman in the state at that time to hold such a position. She has an abiding interest in education, having been chair of the community relations clinic for the National School Boards Association, as a member of the Commission on Elementary Education for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Kentucky State Commission on the Gifted and Talented and on the board of Hopkinsville Community College as well as numerous state commissions.

Joseph A. Clabes, V.P. External Affairs

Joe was born in Western Kentucky, spent his formative years in Northern Kentucky and now lives in Lexington with his wife Chris and two children. He graduated from American University with a BA in Liberal Studies while serving as press secretary and senior legislative assistant for Congressman Ken Lucas, D-Ky. He assisted Rep. Lucas with his work on the House Financial Services Committee, served as lead staff person for the Blue Dog Campaign Finance Reform Task Force and was the lead Democratic staff person during the 108th Congress for the Congressional Horse Caucus. He was recognized as a member of the inaugural class of the John C. Stennis Senior Congressional Fellows Emerging Leaders Program. Coming back to Kentucky in 2006, he served as director of Industry Relations for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, then was founder and president of Alliand Equine, and is managing partner of Block Clabes LLC, a consulting firm.

Terri Darr McLean, News Editor

With 30-plus years of writing and editing experience, Terri Darr McLean brings to KyForward a keen ability to recognize and tell a good story. Much of her experience is at newspapers – a weekly, a small daily and, most recently, the Lexington Herald-Leader. She has been a reporter, copy editor, special section writer, free-lance writer and an award-winning, syndicated writer for the national Newspaper in Education program. She also worked at the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, where she wrote stories for the college news service and magazine, and was the student media adviser at Transylvania University for four years, advising students on the student-run newspaper and yearbook. Terri grew up in Henderson and studied journalism at Western Kentucky University.

Glenn Osborne , Sports Editor

Glenn Osborne, a Henderson native, is a graduate of the University of Kentucky School of Journalism, and has written extensively about sports for The Henderson Gleaner, the Paris Daily Enterprise and the Frankfort State Journal. He also served as Capital Bureau Chief for United Press International in Frankfort and as director of public information for the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission for 12 years. He has also written on a free-lance basis for the Louisville Courier-Journal and the Lexington Herald-Leader. Before joining the KyForward team as sports editor in 2014, he spent 17 years as sports information director at both Transylvania University in Lexington and Centre College in Danville. He was the first full-time SID at both schools. A life-long Kentuckian, Glenn lives in Georgetown and has two grown children, Caroline, who teaches math at Conner High School, and Andrew, a music major at the University of Kentucky. Contact him at glenn@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 an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Telecommunications 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 columnist@kyforward.com.