Judith G. Clabes-Emeritus Member
Editor and Publisher KyForward.com and Chair-Stewardship and Development Committee

Clabes is the editor/publisher and founder (with husband Gene) of KyForward.com, an online only newspaper based in Lexington and serving Kentucky -- building a model for newspapers of the future.

She is founder and President-Emeritus of the Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative Inc., a 501(c) 3 organization created to promote and advocate philanthropy in Kentucky, with a special focus on rural philanthropy and growing permanent endowments in each of Kentucky's 120 counties.

She is also the President Emeritus of the Scripps Howard Foundation, having served as president and CEO for 12 years. During her tenure the foundation’s assets reached $100 million at its peak. She led this independent corporate foundation to national prominence as a journalism funder. She served as editor of Scripps' Kentucky Post for 13 years, the first woman editor in the Scripps organization.

Clabes has written and edited numerous publications and annual reports and wrote a weekly syndicated column for many years, in addition to several books and articles. She has been honored by many organizations and professional associations including Ohio University, University of Kentucky, the Greater Cincinnati Foundation (Devou Cup for service to philanthropy), Hampton University, the Scripps Howard Foundation (endowed Judith Clabes Scholarship at the University of Kentucky), Kentucky Press Association, University of Southern Indiana, Thomas More College, Northern Kentucky University, American Society of Newspaper Editors (delegate to Soviet Union), the Girl Scouts of Wilderness Trace and Northern Kentucky, and Bluegrass Tomorrow (President's Award) and has been a frequent speaker at commencements and public events. She received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Kentucky and was named to the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame in 2010.

Clabes was instrumental in the creation of the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center at the University of Kentucky and is a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame and the UK Hall of Distinguished Alumni. She serves on the UK Alumni Association board of directors and on the national advisory board of the College of Communications. She graduated from UK in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and journalism. She and her husband Gene were named the College’s Outstanding Alumnus in 2004.  They have two sons and five grandchildren and live on a farm in Bourbon County.