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Nutting Receives Kelly Honor

By Staff | Aug 11, 2010

G. Ogden Nutting of Wheeling, publisher of the Wheeling News-Register and The Intelligencer, was been selected as this year’s winner of the most prestigious award presented by the West Virginia Press Association, the Adam R. Kelly Premier Journalist Award.

Nutting was honored Saturday during the association’s annual convention at the Resort at Glade Springs, near Beckley.

He was selected for the award by a committee of past presidents of the press association. The award recognizes service to the newspaper industry as well as the recipient’s community and state. Winners also are judged on the writing they have done for newspapers.

During the announcement that Nutting was this year’s award winner, it was noted that his activities in support of West Virginia University, in particular the WVU School of Journalism, demonstrate his philosophy of service.

A former member of Visiting Committee of the School of Journalism, Nutting was instrumental in establishing the Ogden Newspapers and Nutting Family Journalism Scholarship Fund and the WVU journalism library endowment fund. In addition, he established a journalism speaker series and a visiting professor position at the journalism school. That position is currently held by internationally recognized Associated Press veteran journalist George Esper.

Among traits for which Nutting is known are integrity, philanthropy, journalistic excellence, and commitment to family, it was noted during the ceremony.

The award is named for the late Adam R. Kelly, who was known for excellent writing and had a national reputation for service to newspapers. Kelly, who had owned the Tyler Star News of Sistersville, wrote the popular “Country Editor” columns published in The Intelligencer and several other newspapers. Kelly and Nutting worked closely together, considering each other to be journalistic collaborators and friends, it was noted during the award ceremony.

In accepting the honor, Nutting told those gathered at the convention that his philosophy of journalism agreed with that of Kelly – in that the primary role of a newspaper is to make a positive difference not on the national or international stages, but in the communities and states it serves.