Trent Knuckles is leaving the Corbin News-Journal today, his last day after 24 years at the weekly. Trent started with the newspaper in late 1996 shortly after graduating from the University of Kentucky where he majored in Political Science, and worked at the Kentucky Kernel as a reporter, columnist, summer News Editor and Editorial Editor. Trent did serve a paid internship at the Cincinnati Enquirer after his senior year. At the News Journal, he’s been a reporter, Photo Editor, Sports Editor, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher in those 24 years.
“I’ve enjoyed being a journalist. I can’t think of a more interesting career, but I’m ready for a change. I’m currently enrolled in the Master’s degree program for Information Systems Security at the University of the Cumberlands. There are some other opportunities I look forward to pursuing outside of journalism in the near future as well.”
“I want to thank you and the Kentucky Press Association for all the hard work you’ve done on behalf of newspapers during my time in the profession. Also, I want to thank Forcht Group of Kentucky and its founder, Mr. Terry E. Forcht and former publisher Don Estep, for being the best owners anyone can ask for. Mr. Forcht and Mr. Estep believe strongly in community journalism and are strong supporters of newspapers and print media. They’ve made working at the News Journal an amazing experience. It feels like family here. I will miss all my co-workers tremendously.”
Don Estep will be stepping back in to take a more active role in the day-to-day operations of the newspaper.
Four years ago, Trent ran for Corbin City Commission, his first foray into politics. Not only did he win a seat on the commission, he was elected Mayor ProTem. He’s still on the commission but came in second in the last election and no longer serves as Mayor ProTem. See that story at https://members.kypress.com/articles/news-journal-publisher-first-time-candidate-finds-himself-as-mayor-protem/
He’ll have plenty to keep him busy since he’s President of the Southern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, President of the Fine Arts Association of Southeastern Kentucky Inc., a member of the Corbin Lions Club and a deacon at Central Baptist Church.