Meet the hard working staff of
The Greater Ashland Beacon!

Philip Stewart

Philip is a life long resident of the Ashland area and loves being a part of the community.
He has served on or is serving on numerous boards and committees 
  • Highlands Museum (Advisory Board)
  • Pathways, Bright Futures Foundation (Board)
  • Poage Landing Days (2005-2017)
  • Ashland Area Business Booster Club (Past President)
  • Summer Motion (Past Committee Member
    Plus many others just to name a few.
Philip and Lora,his wife of 38 years, enjoy kayaking, traveling and photography.
A proud moment for him was when the Greater Ashland Beacon placed second in the Kentucky Press Association New of Excellence Awards in 2017. “The staff works so hard to put out a quality product for our community and to see them awarded along with our newspaper is very rewarding.”

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Lora Stewart

Lora, like her husband Philip, is also a life long resident of Ashland. Lora was a committee member of Poage Landing Days from 2006 through 2018. She has volunteered for Summer Motion for the past 18 years. 

      Lora is an award winning photographer for the Ashland Beacon having won a first and second place at the KPA awards held in Lexington in 2018.

      She enjoys kayaking and traveling and loves working with other photographers in helping to make the Ashland Beacon sports department one of the most awarded in the state of Kentucky.

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Jason Smith

Jason Smith is the Chief Operating Officer for The Greater Ashland Beacon, handling all of our IT needs and offering website and ad design expertise. Like his wife, Kimberly, Jason has been with The Beacon since day one. As of late, Jason is also trying to reach our viewers through new outlets, such as videography.

Jason was born and raised in Ashland, and now comes to visit regularly as he lives in Virginia with his wife. He hopes to retire in Ashland once his children are finished in school. Mr. Smith also prides himself on being the silliest and most laid back of the four owners, often pulling the pranks and making everyone laugh when they are together. For fun, this creative guy enjoys playing guitar and performing magic.

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Kimberly Smith

Kimberly is the Chief Layout Artist for The Greater Ashland Beacon, where she assembles all of the weekly content, articles, photos, advertisements and submissions to  make the newspaper look like, well, a newspaper. She has been handling the layout for the company since one month after we began the journey.

Kimberly is the only team member that wasn't born and raised in the Ashland Area, however she has held close ties to the area since 2006. She and her husband, Jason have been two of the four owners of The Beacon since its inception in 2011. She has two children, two dogs, and two cats, and loves to read in her spare time.

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Carrie Stambaugh

       Carrie is the Managing Editor of the Greater Ashland Beacon. She was the first writer hired by The Beacon under its first ownership.
         Carrie is an award-winning veteran newspaper reporter who has worked in eastern Kentucky for nearly two decades. She has worked for The Daily Independent, Ironton Tribune, Appalachian News-Express and the Athens News.
         Carrie is a passionate outdoorswoman who loves to travel anywhere her hiking boots or paddle can take her. Her “trail name” Mudfoot was earned on a 1,400-plus mile Appalachian Trail hike and has stuck around. She got the name because at the end of the day her feet are usually covered in dirt and mud – even if conditions are dry!
         She has combined her passions for travel and writing into her column “Mudfoot’s Meanderings,” which appears twice monthly in The Greater Ashland Beacon. Carrie is also the author of “Hiking Kentucky: A Guide to 80 of Kentucky’s Greatest Hiking Adventures, Third Edition.” Her second guidebook, “Paddling Kentucky,” which will detail 40 Blue Water Trails in The Commonwealth will be released in spring 2019. Carrie also co-hosts a Kentucky-based adventure travel television show called “Downstream.” The show is available online at and also airs on KET and its affiliates. 
         Carrie is a graduate of Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, where she also studied political science and communication.  She is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, where she graduated from Sycamore High School. 
         Carrie is married to Carl A. Stambaugh, a captain with the Ashland Fire Department. The couple live in an off-grid cabin on a ridge in Elliott County with their two Golden Retrievers, Cooper and Benton.

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Adam Black

Adam Black is a multimedia journalist living in Ashland, Kentucky. Adam attended and graduated from Morehead State University with a Bachelors Degree in Convergent Media. 

Adam is a husband and father of two who loves adventuring with his family.
Adam enjoys kayaking, traveling and documenting the culture of the area through photo and video. 

Adam is partnering with Jason from the Beacon to bring you an all new video side of the Tri-State with the GAB Channel.

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