Editor Emeritus & Freelance Columnist
I was born January 18, 1946, in Brisbane, Australia. My mother, a native Australian, married my father, a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army in World War II, in 1945. I graduated in June 1964 from Washington Irving High School, Clarksburg, WV. In September 1964, I entered West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon, WV, In August 1966, I transferred to Salem College, Clarksburg Campus, on a part-time basis, and worked full-time as a disk jockey at WBOY Radio and a studio technician for WBOY TV from November 1966 until May 1967 (to earn tuition money). In August 1967, I transferred to West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, as a full-time student, majoring in speech and minoring in journalism during the first semester. For the second semester and the duration of my studies at WVU, I changed my major to journalism and my minors to speech and political science. In August 1969, I received a Bachelor of Science in Journalism degree from WVU. From April 1970 until March 1971, I was assistant program director for WHIS AM/FM/TV stations in Bluefield, WV, and did some limited on-air reporting on both radio and Channel 6 TV. From March 1971 until October 1972, I served as state editor for the Parkersburg Sentinel newspaper in Parkersburg, WV. For five weeks in August-September 1974, I worked in news and advertising for the Grafton Daily Sentinel newspaper, Grafton, WV. In September 1974, I was employed by The Clarksburg Exponent as city editor, a position I held until December 1976. In that month, I transferred to a similar position with the Clarksburg Telegram, until I was named editor of that newspaper after my predecessor walked off his job in June 1984. In January 1997, I was named editor of the combined Clarksburg Exponent and Telegram, a position I held until I took early retirement in January 2009.
I have been married to the former Nadine L. Criss since October 1990, but I have three sons from a previous marriage: Robert F. Stealey II, Charlotte, N.C., age 42, Bryan T. Stealey, Morgantown, WV, age 40, and Dr. Clinton M. Stealey, Powell, Ohio, age 37. I have two stepchildren, Joanie Callihan Oliverio of Lost Creek, WV, and Todd Callihan of Good Hope, WV.
My main hobbies include writing fiction; occasionally researching popular music history from Billboard magazine, and following the baseball and football seasons of professional and college teams.
In 1992, I received from the U.S. Small Business Administration, in West Virginia, the top media award. In 1997, I was awarded by the West Virginia Press Association the best written editorial in my newspaper's circulation division. In 1975 or 1976, I received a Best Internal Project award by the Clarksburg Jaycees for my extensive publicity work to promote our chapter.
John Wickline is a freelance writer for Connect-Clarksburg. He brings with him more than three decades of professional journalistic experience.
His amateur experience began when he was just 11 years old while keeping scorebook at Little League games in his hometown of Point Pleasant. At that time, The Point Pleasant Register would pay John $2 a game to report the results and stats from those Little League games….and John's love for sports reporting was born! Eight years later, John was hired as a full time reporter for that newspaper….and he's been writing ever since.
John is a graduate of West Virginia University with a degree in journalism. While attending college, he worked for the student newspaper, The Daily Athenaeum. In his senior year, John served as Sports Editor.
While his first love is probably sports reporting and baseball history, over the last 25 years John has earned a reputation as a tough but fair journalist covering local governments, politicians, crime, community events and public education. His writing career for newspaper operations throughout West Virginia has included stops in Point Pleasant, Morgantown, Grafton, Wheeling and Elkins.
John is one of the most recognized journalists in the state having been honored more than 40 times by the WV Press Association for his writing, photography and newspaper design. He is a member of the Society of American Baseball Research and was honored by the Ohio Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998 for his research efforts.
For more than a quarter of a century, John has been a registered official for high school and college basketball.
He and his wife Michelle reside in Clarksburg with their son Ty and daughter Carrie.