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Innerviews: Sandy Wells remembered, in her own words

Editor’s Note

Sandy Wells, longtime Charleston Gazette and Gazette-Mail reporter, editor and columnist, died last weekend. Sandy wrote an “Innerviews” column with herself as the subject on Aug. 19, 2013, to mark her 50th anniversary at the newspaper, and here is that column. Her funeral service is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home in Charleston, with visitation from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and a gathering at the Red Carpet Lounge after the service.


Charleston Gazette-Mail

Mementos cluttered the newsroom office where Sandy Wells trot her Interviews columns for the Charleston Gazette in the 2013 photo. Wells, a longtime reporter, editor and columnist with the Gazette and Gazette-Mail, died last weekend.
(Gazette-Mail file photo by Kenny Kemp)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — On Aug. 18, 1963, newly graduated from Marshall University, I walked into the newsroom at The Charleston Gazette on the first day of my first real job. And here I am, 50 years later, writing an Innerviews column on myself, a golden anniversary edition about my so-called career. Maybe they can use some of it for my obit.

My 50th year also marks the 25th anniversary of Innerviews. I’ve written nearly 1,300 columns since 1988. (Bring out the confetti and champagne!)

Hardly anyone stays 50 years at one newspaper. Most don’t stay with newspapering at all. Change, challenges and the inspiring people I interview have kept me here.

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