Clabes promoted to special projects director

Tue, August 26, 1997 by Tim King

CINCINNATI, Ohio – Judith G. Clabes, editor of The Kentucky Post for the past 12 years, this morning was promoted to the corporate staff of The Post’s parent, Scripps Howard. Mrs. Clabes will be special projects director for Scripps’ newspaper division, headquartered in Cincinnati.Cincinnati Post Editor Paul F. Knue, who was editor of The Kentucky Post from 1979 to 1983, now will oversee Post editorial operations on both sides of the Ohio River. "Judy Clabes was a teacher before she became a journalist," said Alan M. Horton, senior vice president/newspapers for Scripps Howard. "She is uniquely qualified, because of her superb journalism and education background, to help our newspapers better reach out to the communities they serve. The Kentucky Post’s year-long ‘Year of the Child’ focus in 1986 showed the Northern Kentucky community how well she could merge her teaching and journalistic skills to inform and mobilize. Few, if any, editors have been as knowledgeable of, devoted to, and involved in community as Mrs. Clabes."At the same time, The Kentucky Post with Judy Clabes at the helm earned national recognition for its service to the First Amendment and freedom of the press."Clabes joined Scripps Howard in 1971 as the Newspaper in Education program coordinator for The Evansville (Ind.) Printing Corporation. She soon was promoted to community affairs director and associate editor of The Evansville Press and, in 1978, to editor of The Sunday Courier & Press in Evansville before being named editor of The Kentucky Post.She writes a syndicated column distributed by the Washington, D.C.-based Scripps Howard News Service. Clabes also serves as a trustee of the Scripps Howard Foundation, a non-profit, charitable organization created by the Company in 1962 to improve and advance journalism through education and research.Her professional affiliations include two terms on the board of directors of the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE), service on the Pulitzer Nominating Jury in 1984-85, membership on ASNE’s 1984 delegation to the Soviet Union, and president of the Kentucky Associated Press Editors Association in 1985.Clabes graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in English and journalism before receiving a master’s in public administration from Indiana State University. She lives in Ft. Mitchell, Ky., with her husband, Gene, and their two sons.Knue was named editor of The Cincinnati Post in 1983, succeeding William R. Burleigh, who now is Scripps’ president and chief operating officer. "Paul Knue intensely believes in local news," Scripps’ Horton said. "Both newspapers, The Kentucky Post and The Cincinnati Post, do and will cover local affairs better than any other area media outlet." During Knue’s tenure in Cincinnati, UPI three times named The Post the best daily newspaper in Ohio. Earlier this year, The Post also won the prestigious "general excellence" award from the Cleveland Press Club.Knue joined Scripps in 1970 as a copy editor at The Cincinnati Post. He was named managing editor of The Evansville Press in 1975, a position he held until 1979, when he began his four years as editor of The Kentucky Post. Knue is a member of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the Associated Press Managing Editors and the Scripps Howard Foundation Board of Trustees.A native of Lawrenceburg, Ind., Knue was graduated from Murray (Ky.) State University with a bachelor’s in journalism and English.Knue lives in Cincinnati with his wife, Lissa.