Herald-Leader’s Tom Eblen among inductees to Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame

Tom Eblen Lexington, Ky., on Jan. 7, 2016.
Tom Eblen Lexington, Ky., on Jan. 7, 2016.

Lexington Herald-Leader columnist Tom Eblen is one of nine people who will be inducted next month into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.

Eblen has been a columnist for the Lexington newspaper since April 2008. He formerly was the paper’s managing editor.

He previously was deputy business editor at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was an Associated Press correspondent.

Other inductees into this year’s hall are former Kentucky Post reporter Bill Straub; former Anderson County News editor Don White; Owensboro native Mike Edgerly, who is 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 other journalists will be 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.

The Hall of Fame was created by the University of Kentucky Journalism Alumni Association in 1980. It is housed in the School of Journalism and Media in the Grehan Journalism Building on the Lexington campus. Nominees are inducted annually.

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Have lunch with the honorees

This year’s inductees will be honored at a luncheon at noon April 19 at The Grand Reserve, 903 Manchester St. #190, in Lexington. Cost is $35 per person. Reservations may be made online at