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.
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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.