A nonprofit publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Who We Are

Business operations center: 644 Braddock Court, Edgewood, KY 41017

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. Our sponsors are recognized on the site and as donations are made to the nonprofit, they will be listed on this page. We aim to be transparent and open and independent.

KyForward.com’s mission is to provide independent, honest journalism to the state of Kentucky as a best example of public service journalism. KyForward is dedicated to its homestate. We aim to offer an opportunity for Kentucky’s diverse, rich voices to be heard, to engage writers who excel in explanatory journalism in the public interest, to advance citizen engagement, and to provide a reliable marketplace for the business community.

We adhere to the basic tenants of journalism and follow traditional journalistic standards. We identify sources, invite comments, honor and encourage respectful dialogue. We are open to providing a platform for a variety and range of opinions and points of view in our Opinion section. We embrace the Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists and are dedicated to the First Amendment and the advancement of journalism as one of the pillars of democracy and justice. We believe in the free exchange of information that is accurate, fair and thorough.

Please also see the Mission and Principles of our publisher, the Kentucky Center for Public Service 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.


J. MICHAEL FARRELL, Special Projects Editor, mike@kyforward.com

IN MEMORIAM: Our friend and colleague Mike Farrell died August 28, after a long illness. He was on medical leave from his directorship of the UK School of Journalism and Media and as director of the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center there. He was at Rosedale Manor in Latonia in hospice care for his final days. He will always be part of our endeavors and his influence and good judgment will always guide us. In his honor, we have established the Mike Farrell Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Horizon Community of Funds in NKY and your gift to that fund will allow scholarships to go to students at NKU and UK who are committed to journalism and to the First Amendment. Checks should be sent to: Horizon Community Fund, 50 E. RiverCenter Boulevard, Covington, KY 41017, designated for the Michael Farrell Scholarship Fund.

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 chair of the board of KYCPSJ.

Gene Clabes, Senior Editor

IN MEMORIAM: Our beloved co-Founder Gene Clabes, died November 29, 2019, after an extended illness, at St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Edgewood, surrounded by his loving family. His influence, guidance and advice helped give KyForward a strong footing in Kentucky, the place he loved and his professional expertise inspired us on a true path and solid foundation for honest journalism and caring public service. We owe him more than we can ever say and we will be forever devoted to the example he set for us.

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 Alumni award in 2018.

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.