A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Who We Are

THE NKyTribune

644 Braddock Ct.
Edgewood, KY 41017
513.324.4178 (Judy Clabes)
812.657.2890 or 513.978.0349 (Mark Hansel)

The NKyTribune is a publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism. The Center was established in 2013 and received its official 501-c-3 status from the IRS in May, 2014. It is a nonpartisan, independent news organization that produces indepth, informative journalism in the public interest for a place we love. The Center pursues specific grants for specific reporting projects and produced an in-depth series on the Licking River as well as a 30-minute program for KET, after a year-long reporting assignment by Andy Mead. The Center’s mission also extends to a commitment to help communities across the state who do not have reliable sources of local news to establish them, using a nonprofit, online model. The NKyTribune is the first of these. We believe that good journalism is a public service and we believe in the democracy that is made better by informed and engaged citizens.

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Mission of the Center: To provide reliable, honest, unbiased, indepth, solutions-oriented reporting on issues essential to the engagement of Kentucky citizens in public affairs; to advance quality of life, respectful dialogue, and the public good; to preserve democracy; to matter; to work with Kentucky communities in need of reliable, professional local news media.



JUDITH CLABES, Editor and Publisher, judy@nkytrib.com
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, one from Thomas More College and 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 their horse farm in the Bluegrass area and she founded the Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative and her own consulting business. In 2011, she and husband, Gene, founded KyForward.com, an online newspaper serving Kentucky. 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 and 2013 she received the Robert N. Clay award for most valuable board member from Bluegrass Tomorrow. She and Gene are parents of two grown sons and grandparents to five young grandchildren. In late 2013 – with Mike Farrell – she and Gene founded the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism and starting planning for returning a daily newspaper online to Northern Kentucky. The NKyTribune was launched on January 12, 2015. She is on the board of KYCPSJ. She and Gene live in Edgewood. Email: judy@nkytrib.com Phone: 513.324.4178 (cell)


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 a professor in 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 is also director of the UK Spelling Bee, which is sponsored by the center. 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 member of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism, established in late 2013, and a key creator of the NKyTribune. He will serve as Special Projects Editor. 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, Associate Editor, gene@kyforward.com
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. 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. As founder and executive editor of KyForward.com he is living proof that an “old dog can learn new tricks,” as he is also the newspapers chief twitterer – having grown his combined Twitter following to over 100,000. At the NKyTribune, he will supervise social media and lend his deep knowledge of Northern Kentucky to the editing and assignment process. He and his wife, Judy, are parents of two grown sons and grandparents to five young grandchildren and live in Edgewood. Email:gene@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: hanswrites@hotmail.com or mark.hansel@nkytrib.com. His phone:812.657.2890 or 513.978.0349

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JUDY KINCAID, Director of Marketing/Development, jkincaid@nkytrib.com

Judy Kincaid, founder and president of Kincaid Communications, is the NKyTribune’s director of marketing/development. With over 25 years in the communication business, Judy has assisted both large and small corporations with new business development, strategic planning, media relations and overall marketing strategy. From the housing industry, to health care, to advertising, to technology, she has helped companies grow and succeed. In addition, she has served on numerous professional and community boards, with an emphasis on helping women and minority enterprises find their niche in the competitive marketplace.

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Vicki Prichard

VICKI PRICHARD, Reporter, vprich@gmail.com
Vicki Prichard grew up in Eastern Kentucky surrounded by masterful storytellers — and became one herself. Armed with a degree in journalism from the University of Kentucky, she landed with one of the finest storytelling venues in the state, Kentucky Educational Television, where, as associate producer, she traveled throughout the Commonwealth, mining Kentucky’s deep seam of good stories. After moving to Northern Kentucky, she continued to work for KET on the 13-part series, NKY, with producer/director John Morgan. She went on to write for Beech House Press publications, Inside Your Town and Inside Fort Thomas, The Kentucky Post and The Sunday Challenger, where she received Kentucky Press Association awards for feature writing, enterprise, analytical and extended coverage stories. In 2006, just when she thought she knew everything there was to know about Northern Kentucky, she poured through 70 hours of taped interviews with noted Northern Kentuckians as a scriptwriter for KET’s Emmy-winning documentary, Where the River Bends, A History of Northern Kentucky. She has written for the travel industry, and her stories have appeared in The Atlanta Journal Constitution and Hearst Newspapers, among others. She has written for higher education as director of development communication for Northern Kentucky University and Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Reach her at vprich@gmail.com

Terry Boehmker

TERRY BOEHMKER, sports reporter, terryboe@outlook.com
Terry Boehmker has covered Northern Kentucky high school sports for print newspapers and online media since 1979. He has written two books entitled 9th Region Royalty with stories and statistics from every championship game ever played in the 9th Region boys’ and girls’ basketball tournaments since 1947. He has received awards from several Northern Kentucky high school coaches associations for his sports reporting. He is a member of the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame and the Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame. A native Northern Kentuckian, Terry lives in Villa Hills with his wife, Sandy. He’s a 1977 graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He covered high school sports for The Kentucky Post from 1979 to 2007. As a freelance writer, Terry has written articles for newspapers and online media. He covered the NCAA Division II men’s basketball championship game for the Seattle Times newspaper in 2012. Email: terryboe@outlook.com


GLENN OSBORNE copy desk, glenn@kyforward.com
We are not among those misguided folks who think editors aren’t needed in today’s online world. They are, in fact, the gatekeepers – the last defense for quality-control, professional and ethical standards, judgment, and – yes! – grammar, spelling, punctuation, style and all that. Our copy desk hub includes GLENN OSBORNE who has a distinguished journalism background which includes having been UPI Bureau chief in Frankfort. He served as sports information director for both Transylvania University and Centre College and as director of public information for the Legislative Research Commission from 1983-95. A native of Henderson, he began his journalism career at the Henderson Gleaner and also worked for newspapers in Paris and Frankfort. He has a journalism degree from the University of Kentucky. He is news/sports editor for KyForward. Email: glenn@kyforward.com


BILL STRAUB, Washington columnist
Bill served 11 years as the Frankfort Bureau Chief of The Kentucky Post and then as White House/political correspondent for Scripps Howard News Service. He lives in Silver Springs, Maryland, and frequently writes about the federal government and politics. He’ll write a weekly column on those subjects. Email: williamgstraub@gmail.com

Columnists, Contributors, Correspondents and Other Occasional Associates


Ginger Dawson, the Intrepid Urban Farmer, has lived in Covington since 1988. Raised on a farm in South Central Ohio, she has enjoyed an eclectic and enriching life. She loves her Italianate Victorian Townhouse and particularly the garden behind it. Being a serial entrepreneur, Ginger has been engaged in many successful projects over the years: real estate, retail, antiques, art, etc…with gardening always being the constant. And now, she writes about it. She is a graduate of Miami University and The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Email:intrepidurbanfarmer@fuse.net


Keven Moore is a risk management specialist with a local insurance agency. He has over 25 years experience in the insurance and safety profession, helping keep people safe and businesses profitable. As a columnist, he makes insurance interesting and deals with topics not often seen in general readership publications, blending a keen sense of practical topics with a little humor and great common sense. He is a journalism graduate of the University of Kentucky and has a masters degree in loss prevention and safety from Eastern Kentucky University.


Paul Long is a former reporter for The Kentucky Post, who spent more than 25 years investigating, researching, and writing about the criminal justice system, winning several local, state, and national awards during his journalism career. He currently works as an investigator with the Kentucky public defenders office in Newport and is a faculty member for the department’s Essentials of Defense Investigation, a national education course for lawyers and investigators held in southern Kentucky. He has spoken on various topics dealing with media relations at its annual conference. He began running some five years ago, and now runs on a daily basis. He has participated in dozens of races, from a .36-mile run (the Straight Street hill climb) to half-marathons. He lives in Edgewood with his wife, Diana. They have two daughters: Corey lives, works, and runs in Louisville; Erin is a freshman on an academic scholarship to Morehead State University. Paul writes a regular column on running and the running community.


These good citizens are charged with keeping us honest — fair, balanced, connected to the community, and being good listeners. All the things a good community newspaper should be and do. If you are interested in participating, email judy@nkytrib.com.

These groups will meet only occasionally, and in a congenial setting, so we can have some open dialogue about what’s on everybody’s mind and what’s going on in the community, what we’re missing, what we don’t understand, what the issues (large and small) that are getting in the way of our community being the best it can be. Thanks to these folks for agreeing to help us out — and to speak up for the community.

Community Advisory Group
Karen Bishop, Sun Behavioral Health
Carol Buckhout, Advancing Nonprofits
Helen Carroll, consultant, Carroll ProPlan
John C.K. Fisher, former reporter, The Kentucky Post
Mer Grayson, Advisory Board Chairman, Central Bank
Kathie Grisham Frank, attorney
Tim Hanner, founder, NAVIGO Prep Services
Jan William Hillard, Ph.D., Northern Kentucky University, board member/KYCPSJ
Karen Zerhusen Kruer, Northern Kentucky University Foundation
Candace McGraw, CEO, CVG
Peggy Casey, Rose Communications
Debra Vance, former reporter, The Kentucky Post

Women’s Advisory Group
Polly Lusk Page, Northern Kentucky Education Council, chair
Kathy Burkhardt, superintendent, Erlanger Schools
Carri Chandler, St. Elizabeth Healthcare/Foundation
Nancy Grayson, Northern Kentucky Education Council
Laura Cook Kroeger, retired, Gateway
Jeanne Schroer, Executive Director, Catalytic Development Funding Corp.
Angie Taylor, retired, Gateway
Janice Way, Leadership Kentucky
Tammy Weidinger, Brighton Center
Kara Williams, Shoestring Strategies

2015 Form 990