A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Who We Are

KyForward.com
Business operations center: 644 Braddock Court, Edgewood, KY 41017
www.kyforward.com
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Welcome to KyForward.com, Kentucky’s Online Newspaper, a grand experiment in “community journalism” online. Effective January 1, 2018, KyForward.com is a nonprofit public service publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism, a 501-c-3 organization dedicated to local journalism.

Jacob A. Clabes, Executive Editor, KyForward.com

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 is in charge the day-to-day content, the technology, and strategic planning. He also manages technology and business strategies for the NKyTribune and runs a brand marketing business. Contact him at jacob@kyforward.com.

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MARK HANSEL, Managing Editor, mark.hansel@nkytrib.com
Mark Hansel knows his way around Boone County and the region, having been a reporter and columnist for the Kentucky Enquirer and The Cincinnati Post for more than a decade. He also spent more than four years at the Las Vegas Sun, and was on staff when it won a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service Journalism in 2009. Mark started his worklife as a retailer at the old Service Merchandise store in Florence, as a young husband and father but his dream had always been to be a journalist. So with the support of his family he went to college, got his journalism degree – and has pursued this passion since. Mark has covered local and state government, breaking news, business and sports. He  also has experience in enterprise and investigative journalism. He has received recognition from journalism organizations in Ohio, Kentucky and Nevada. Mark joined the NKyTribune during its pre-launch phase and was key to developing reporting strategies for the January 12, 2015 debut. He lives in Mt. Washington with Cecilia, his wife of 35 years. Email: mark.hansel@nkytrib.com. His phone:812.657.2890 or 513.305.8150

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J. MICHAEL FARRELL, Special Projects Editor, mike@kyforward.com
Mike Farrell is a Covington native who still lives in the Latonia neighborhood where he grew up. He has had a distinguished career in journalism, having served as a reporter, city editor and managing editor of The Kentucky Post for nearly 20 years. When The Post closed, he decided to earn his doctorate in communication at the University of Kentucky. His dissertation on the First Amendment reflected his abiding commitment to freedom of expression principles which, on his watch, helped earn The Kentucky Post team a Scripps Howard National Journalism Award for Distinguished Service to the First Amendment. He is interim director of the UK School of Journalism and Media and teaches reporting, journalism history, journalism ethics, and media law.  He is the director of the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center, which is housed in the UK School of Journalism. He was a consultant on the development of KyForward.com and is active in the Society of Professional Journalists, serving on the Ethics and Freedom of Information committees. He is a founder and board chair of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism, established in late 2013, and a key creator of the NKyTribune. He and his wife, Marsha, an emergency room nurse at St. Elizabeth, are the parents of two grown sons and proud grandparents of eight young grandchildren. He is on the board of KYCPSJ. Email: mike@kyforward.com


Gene Clabes, Senior 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. 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 and earned the UK Journalism School’s Hall of Distinguished Almuni award in 2018. He now lives in Edgewood. Email: gene@kyforward.com

Judith G. Clabes, senior advisor

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 had 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. She and her family now live in Edgewood where she is publisher and editor of the NKyTribune.com. Email: judy@nkytrib.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.