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Tom Eblen

Tom Eblen

2016

As managing editor of The Lexington Herald-Leader for 10 years, and acting executive editor for a fifth of that time, he led it to many honors, such as the 2004 “Best in Show” prize from the Green Eyeshade Awards for journalism in the South, and the groundbreaking “Prescription for Pain” series on painkiller abuse in Appalachia. He asked to become a columnist in 2008, and made the assignment perhaps the best job in Kentucky journalism, covering almost any topic, especially the overlooked, and offering tightly argued opinions. A native of Lexington and graduate of Western Kentucky University, he was an Associated Press correspondent in Tennessee, directing coverage of the nation’s largest case of insider bank fraud. As a reporter at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, he led a Pulitzer Prize finalist team that covered riots of Cuban detainees, and won a Best of Cox Award for covering the collapse of Eastern Air Lines.