Lexington Herald-Leader columnist Tom Eblen was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame on Tuesday as part of a class that included community-oriented and nationally known journalists and journalism educators.
A native of Lexington and graduate of Western Kentucky University, Eblen has been a columnist with the Herald-Leader since 2008. Prior to that, he was the Herald-Leader’s managing editor for 10 years, was a regional reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and a correspondent for The Associated Press.
Other inductees into this year’s hall were former Kentucky Post reporter Bill Straub; former Anderson County News editor Don White; Owensboro native Mike Edgerly, a broadcast journalist with Minnesota Public Radio; Louisville Trinity High School journalism teacher Tony Lococo; and Chuck and Donna Stinnett, who were longtime journalists at The Gleaner in Henderson.
Two others were inducted posthumously: Courier-Journal sportswriter Jim Bolus, who wrote extensively on the Kentucky Derby, and Louisville native Angelo Henderson, who is the only black reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize at the Wall Street Journal.
The Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame recognizes Kentuckians who have made significant contributions to the profession of journalism. Nominees must be natives of Kentucky or journalists who have spent a significant portion of their careers in Kentucky.