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Tom Eblen is the metro/state columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Kentucky.com. He writes several times a week about a variety of topics and does most of the photography for his columns.

Eblen, 58, was the Herald-Leader’s managing editor from 1998 to 2008. He returned to his hometown in 1998 after 14 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he was a regional and national writer and a business reporter and editor. Before that, he worked for The Associated Press in Louisville, Nashville and as correspondent in charge of the Knoxville bureau.

Eblen has won many awards for his writing, including the 2013 media award in the Kentucky Governor’s Awards in the Arts. He is a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame at the University of Kentucky.

Eblen served on the board of Associated Press Media Editors. A graduate of Lafayette High School and Western Kentucky University, he was the editor of WKU’s College Heights Herald. He taught journalism ethics at the University of Kentucky for four years and has been on the faculty of The Mountain Workshops since 1995.