Clay is a life-long journalist. At the age of 15, he wrote an article for a national consumer magazine and was thrilled when it was published. However, the icing on the cake is the $100 check he received a few weeks later.
Throughout his journalism career, Clay has worked hard to do two things – tell the truth and serve the communities in which he’s worked.
His background includes work at newspapers, magazines, and digital publications ranging from small, rural weeklies to Gannett-owned dailies. He has worked as a reporter, editor, advertising director, and publisher.
In 2006, Clay was named one of the Top 20 Under 40 by the Texas Press Association, and has earned awards from the Tennessee, Texas, South Texas, Texas Gulf Coast, Mississippi, and Kentucky Press Associations. He’s also won several awards from the Associated Press Media Editors Association and has been honored by the Associated Press itself.
He also served as the vice president of a national digital marketing and public relations agency.
His work has appeared in more than 75 magazines, and he is also a published author of short fiction.
Clay is a third-degree black belt in judo, a first-degree black belt in jujitsu, a Coast Guard veteran and an avid stamp collector. He is raising three little girls and works by day as a teacher at Cane Ridge High School.