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Longtime Bluefield reporter Barbara Hawkins dies

Bluefield Daily Telegraph photo Barbara Hawkins, a 'legend among reporters' and a 'tireless advocate' for victims of domestic violence, has died following a long illness.

Bluefield Daily Telegraph photo
Barbara Hawkins, a ‘legend among reporters’ and a ‘tireless advocate’ for victims of domestic violence, has died following a long illness.

PRINCETON, W.Va. — Barbara Hawkins, a “legend among reporters” and a “tireless advocate” for victims of domestic violence, has died following a long illness.

Hawkins passed away Sunday evening, the Daily Telegraph confirmed Monday. She was the former long-time State Editor of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, and the founder of Pam’s Place in Princeton.

Bluefield Daily Telegraph Editor Samantha Perry said Hawkins’ colleagues at the newspaper were extremely saddened to hear of her passing.

“This is certainly a sad day for journalism, and the communities Barbara served in southern West Virginia and Southwest Virginia,” Perry said. “She was among the best of the best — a dogged reporter who covered the statehouse with a knowledge and expertise unrivaled. Barbara was a mentor, friend and role model for many at the Daily Telegraph. She will be missed.”

News of her passing quickly spread from Princeton all the way to Washington, D.C.

“Gayle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Barbara Hawkins, and we extend our condolences to her family and friends during this difficult time,” U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said.  “Like so many, I enjoyed working with Barbara over the years, and I had the utmost respect for her work. Her passion for journalism was inspiring, and her fairness and accuracy in every story was admirable. It was truly an honor to know Barbara and to call her my friend. She will never be forgotten for her dedication to her community and to West Virginia, and she will be deeply missed.”

Robert Holroyd, a long-time friend, said he first met Hawkins when she came to the Mercer County Courthouse to register to vote…

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