Josh Givens will report on local government, courts, features and general news in the community. Givens comes to the Clarion with more than 30 years experience as a journalist, getting his start as a photojournalist in the U.S. Army.
Givens is a native of Logan County in south central Kentucky, and has held community newspaper positions in nearly all regions of Kentucky. He has worked as a general news reporter, sports editor, news editor and general manager throughout the Commonwealth. He is the recipient of dozens of state and national awards for writing, photography, social media outreach and newspaper design. His work has also appeared in major publications such as USA Today and the Chicago Sun-Times.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to serve the citizens of Hancock County,” Givens said. “I have always admired the beauty of the community and the work of the Hancock Clarion. I am an accessible person, and believe in doing ethical work and treating everyone with respect, no matter their station in life.”
Givens has previously served three terms on the Kentucky Press Association Board representing western Kentucky newspapers. He also has experience in regional television and community talk radio.
In addition to the U.S. Army, Givens served in the Kentucky National Guard as an armor crewman. He is married to Amber, a registered nurse, and the couple lives in Central City with their son, Ethan.
Daughter, Toula, is currently a student at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Manhattan, while son, Jacob, works as a route driver servicing Department of Corrections facilities across western Kentucky.
In his in spare time, Givens is a collector of vinyl records, military artifacts and is a military reenactor, primarily the Civil War and World War II eras.