Along with local news, government workings and business happenings, our city’s culinary and brewing scenes deserve a lot of our attention, and one of Insider Louisville’s contributors has covered those beats closely for the past three-and-a-half years.
Kevin Gibson is a freelance writer and author who hails from Louisville, and whose new book “Unique Eats & Eateries of Louisville” was released April 15 by St. Louis-based Reedy Press.
Kevin studied English and Journalism at Indiana University Southeast and has bounced all over the map as a journalist, starting in sports, where he covered everything from high school to Indiana University basketball to Minor League baseball. Several years in news and features coverage later led him to being a music critic, arts and entertainment editor and more.
During his long career, Kevin has won dozens of awards for his work from the Society of Professional Journalists, The Associated Press, Indiana State Press Association and others, and most of these awards are packed away in a box somewhere. But his diversity as a writer shows in these awards for work as a sports columnist, short fiction writer, arts critic, news journalist and more. Along the way, he has interviewed people ranging from Bill Clinton to Yoko Ono to Joan Jett.
These days, his work can be found in the pages of Insider Louisville, LEO Weekly, Louisville Magazine, AlcoholProfessor.com, The Lane Report, Men’s Best Guide, Thrillist.com and plenty of other publications and sites. His books include Louisville: “A Photographic Portrait” (2018); “Secret Louisville: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful and Obscure” (2017); “100 Things to Do In Louisville Before You Die” (2016); “Crohn’s Disease: A Memoir from the Toilet” (2015); “Louisville Beer: Derby City History on Draft” (2014), and “The Liberation of Crystal Hill” (2011).
He also has played in a band called the Uncommon Houseflies with his son, Scott, for the last decade-plus, having released multiple albums and played countless shows from Louisville to Chicago to Boston. The band still plays several shows a year and continues to write and record. In addition, he co-hosts a radio show each Tuesday night at 7 p.m. on WCHQ 100.9 FM radio.
Many don’t know that Gibson was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 1990, nearly losing his life due to an infection that led to a septic condition, followed by months of complications and resulting surgeries. The ordeal gave him a new appreciation for life, making him determined not to let his illness slow him down but rather to serve as a motivation to live as normally as possible with a chronic disease.
He lives in Clifton with his goofy but lovable dog, Atticus, is a fanatical Green Bay Packers fan, loves visiting breweries, and eats way too many tacos.
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