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Veteran editor Tom Martin joins KyForward, tops the cake for our ‘2nd Merry Birthday’

Veteran journalist - and accomplished musician - Tom Martin is bringing a broad range of experience and talent to Tom Martin's Lexington, a special section of KyForward. (Photo provided)


Veteran local journalist and editor Tom Martin has joined the KyForward team as senior editor.  He will create a special new “super section,”  Tom Martin’s Lexington, starting Monday, May 20.

Most recently editor-in-chief of Business Lexington, Martin had a long, distinguished career in broadcast radio.

“We are so pleased that Tom Martin is bringing his considerable talent, reputation, knowledge and caring for the community to KyForward,”  said Judy Clabes, editor and publisher.  “Tom understands the greater public service purpose of good journalism and shares our hope and optimism for the future of quality online.

“Our core values are definitely in harmony.”

Harmony is something Martin knows a bit about, too.  He’s an accomplished, lifelong musician and member of two popular local bands, The City and The Patrick McNeese Band.  He is a co-founder of the LexJam monthly community jam session, as well as the Lexington Area Music Alliance, a nonproft he leads as board president.

“Lexington should be on anyone’s short list of ‘cities to watch’ in 2013,” said Martin. “Our town is fairly vibrating with a positive charge these days. I’m pleased to be in this position to call attention to the vital issues as well as the many characters of our community.”

Tom Martin’s Lexington will be a special section of KyForward, edited by Martin and featuring his writing and reporting on a broad range of local issues – some commentary, some reporting on politics, civic life, music, arts and culture, the environment – and more.  

“It’s a blank slate for Tom Martin to fill,” says Clabes. “I think we’re all in for some very pleasant surprises and informative, enjoyable reading.”

Martin grew up in Morehead where he attended Morehead State University, majoring in communications. 

Tom’s career in broadcast news included a role in the 1974 launch of the Associated Press Radio Network in Washington, D.C.; the launch of the RKO Radio News Network in New York, as well as five years as a news writer and anchor for ABC Radio Network News, WABC News and Paul Harvey News in New York. 

While in Washington with the AP, Tom won the Peabody Award for best radio news documentary.

“Tom has the classic radio voice,”  says Clabes.  “I’m betting we find a way to take advantage of that as well . . . online offers incredible, creative opportunities to do incredible, creative things – at the same time providing a valuable service.”

Since returning to Kentucky in 1995, Tom has served as host of the popular World’s First Rhythm and News Show on WVLK radio, was founding program director of WRVG and the World Radio Network at Georgetown College, communications director for the House Majority Leadership in Frankfort and from 2005 to 2013, founding editor-in-chief of Business Lexington.

“I’m fortunate to be married to someone who is highly creative and is very plugged into the life of the community,” said Martin whose wife is Lexington Center Marketing Director Sheila Kenny. “Having six kids in college, law school, music, real estate and broadcasting keeps me on my toes.”

“Since we are celebrating KyForward’s second birthday this month, we feel we opened a great gift when Tom joined us,”  Clabes said.  “It’s a gift that will keep on giving – and for that our community is the real winner.”

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