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Former Huntington journalist C.T. Mitchell dies

Herald-Dispatch file photo C.T. Mitchell
Herald-Dispatch file photo
C.T. Mitchell

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — C.T. Mitchell, a longtime university relations director at Marshall University, a former city editor for The Huntington Advertiser and a founding member for Green Acres Regional Center and Prestera Center, died Tuesday at the age of 82.

Mitchell worked as an executive assistant to the Marshall president in the 1990s and early 2000s, and for nearly 20 years before that headed Marshall’s University Relations Department. He advised eight Marshall University presidents in his time there.

He was city editor for The Advertiser from 1960 to 1972, after spending a couple years serving in the military and working as a journalist at his hometown paper, the Williamson News.

“Over the years, I’ve worked with many fine journalists but none finer than C.T. Mitchell,” said James Casto, retired associate editor of The Herald-Dispatch. “We first met as friendly rivals in the early 1960s when he was city editor of the old Huntington Advertiser and I was working as a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. We went on to forge a friendship that spanned the decades. I feel fortunate to have been his friend and colleague.”

As a father of a son with disabilities, Mitchell also was a founding board member for Green Acres Regional Center for the Developmentally Disabled, as well as Prestera Center…

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