Ken Clark
Editor in chief

Home Channel News editor in chief Ken Clark is an eleven-year veteran of Lebhar-Friedman Inc. and was executive editor of Chain Store Age magazine before being promoted to his new position in June 2006.


A graduate of Indiana University, Ken’s 19-years of journalism experience includes nearly a decade of covering the retail industry. He began his career as a news reporter in the Caribbean for the BVI Beacon, and later joined the staff of the St. Croix Avis, in the U.S. Virgin Islands. More recently, his work in the retail field has been recognized by Lebhar-Friedman’s Blue Chip Award for Distinguished Journalism.


His editorial column on the business of the home channel appears each month in Home Channel News.


Ken lives in Metuchen, N.J., with his wife and two children.

Articles by this author:

  • Wed Mar 04 2015

    In the shadow of O’Hare Airport in a strip mall next to a Hobby Lobby, the Mount Prospect, Illinois, True Value store serves as a laboratory and a retail-testing zone for the co-op.

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  • Fri Feb 27 2015

    “It’s not about the paint that goes on the wall,” says Blake Fohl, senior VP and chief customer officer. “It’s the feeling you get when you walk into the baby’s room for the first time.”

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  • Wed Feb 25 2015

    The world's number-two home improvement retailer kept pace with number one's strong earnings report.

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  • Tue Feb 10 2015

    A West Coast hardware industry icon -- and a division of Lowe’s -- has named Bob Tellier as president, HBSDealer has learned.

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  • Fri Feb 06 2015

    Tom Mahlke is CEO of Mid-States Distributing Co. Inc., which just unveiled a new logo (a red and brown M in a circle), a new slogan (The heart and soul of farm, ranch and home), and moved into a new headquarters (in Mendota Heights, Minnesota).

    He spoke with HBSDealer shortly after Mid-State’s “Rendezvous,” the co-op’s semi-annual market and trade show for its farm-and-ranch retailer membership. Here’s the edited conversation:

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  • Tue Jan 27 2015

    Speaking here at the International Builders’ Show during a press conference on housing starts, Nationwide Insurance Chief Economist David Berson made himself clear on the issue of declining gas prices.

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  • Mon Jan 26 2015

    The latest episode of Ken's Video Blog captures the tone of the massive 2015 International Builders' Show in less than 90 seconds; plus, there's golf from a virtual Pebble Beach. 

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  • Tue Jan 20 2015

    Las Vegas -- The National Association of Home Builders' chief economist delivered a handful of reasons why 2015 will be better than 2014. He also delivered a rosy forecast for 2015 single-family housing growth --  26% over last year.

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  • Thu Jan 15 2015

    Back by popular demand, housing industry analyst Ivy Zelman delivered the single-family housing market verdict on 2014: “It was a disappointing year,” she said.

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  • Wed Jan 14 2015

    The frame of a two-story house rising next to a computer-controlled saw dramatically told one of BMC’s key stories for the sales meeting.

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Blogs by this author:

  • On Thursday afternoon, it was announced to the entire company of Lebhar-Friedman, publishers of Home Channel News, that one of our colleagues had died suddenly and unexpectedly.

    Dave Stewart was 51 years old. He was a salesman for HCN’s sister publication Chain Store Age. It is impossible to adequately celebrate any life with an appropriate degree of eloquence and reverence. But it can be helpful for the writer. So here it goes.