About Me

Michael Clubb is a photojournalist with experience in news, sports, features and multimedia.

Born in Louisville but raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, Michael returned to the Bluegrass State to attend the University of Kentucky as a marketing major. After joining the Kentucky KernelUK’s independent student newspaper, as a photographer, he soon realized that photography was more than a hobby for him; it would be his career. While at the Kernel during all four years of undergrad, Michael held several staff and editorial positions including photo editor, managing editor and art director.

Following graduation in 2022, he first worked as a visuals intern for the Lexington Herald-Leader and then held a six-month internship with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, producing stills and video for both publications. 

Michael has also worked as a freelancer for a number of outlets, including The Associated Press, the Louisville Courier Journal and several university athletics programs.

Though he has shot news and features, such as the western Kentucky tornado in December 2021 and two Kentucky Derbies in 2019 and 2021, Michael especially enjoys photographing sports. UK’s nationally recognized athletics program allowed Michael many opportunities to shoot large-scale sporting events, such as four UK football bowl games, two NCAA mens basketball tournaments and the 2020 NCAA volleyball championship. Additionally, during his internship at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, he had the opportunity to cover many professional sports, including MLB, NHL, MLS and XFL.

Michael’s work has gained state, national and international recognition. Most notably, he was named Kentucky News Photographers Association Sports Photographer of the Year in 2020, competing against journalism professionals as well as fellow students. In 2020 and 2021, he earned an Award of Excellence from the College Photographer of the Year Association for his sports portfolio. A full list of his accolades, including first-place finishes at the state and national levels, can be found on his résumé which can be downloaded here.

Michael is available for freelance assignments. Contact him at michael@michaelclubb.com or (865) 696-5527.

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