Adam R. Kelly Award

Adam KellyThe Adam R. Kelly Premier Journalist Award is the most prestigious award presented by the West Virginia Press Association. The award was established in 1991 in memory of the late Adam R. Kelly, legendary “Country Editor” columnist and former owner and editor of the Tyler Star News in Sistersville. Kelly was known nationally for his outstanding service to newspapers.

A committee of past presidents of the Press Association selects the honoree from nominations made by journalists or other persons. Announcement of each year’s winner is made during the awards ceremony at the annual WVPA Convention.

Nominations should be submitted by April 1, 2017, to:

WV Press Association
3422 Pennsylvania Ave.
Charleston, WV 25302

or

donsmith@wvpress.org

Included in the submission should be a biography of the nominee, with specific emphasis on his or her service to the newspapers of the state, the West Virginia Press Association and to his or her local community. In addition, several samples of the individual’s newspaper writing must be provided to the committee.

Announcement of the recipient will be made during the annual WVPA Convention in August.

1991
Phil Fourney
Ravenswood
1992
Jack Maurice
Charleston
1993
Charles K. Connor, Jr.
Beckley
1994
Bob Earle
Weston
1995
Jane Price Sharp
Marlinton
1996
James M. Myer
Wheeling
1997
Linda Beston
Kingwood
1998
Cecil B. Highland, Jr.
Clarksburg
1999
Edward Chadwick
Huntington
2000
Warren Buzzerd
Berkeley Springs
2001
Fran Hollendonner
Parkersburg
2002
Robert DeFrancis
Wheeling
2003
Jim McGoldrick
St. Marys
2004
Tom George
Wayne
2005
Tom Colley
Bluefield
2006
John Veasey
Fairmont
2007
William F. Fouch
Petersburg
2008
Phoebe F. Heishman
Moorefield
2009
Nanya Friend
Charleston
2010
Ogden Nutting
Wheeling
2011
George Wallace
Wellsburg
2012
Frank Wood
Beckley
2013
Ed Given
Sutton
2014
David Hedges
Spencer
2015
Andy Kniceley
Clarksburg
2016
David Corcoran
Glenville