Who We Are

 
 
 

 
Belinda Hamrick
Webitor & Freelance Web Design
 
Belinda Hamrick is the web editor for Connect-Clarksburg and a proud Clarksburg, W.Va. native.  She is also the owner of “Bohemian Moon Studio,” a home-based fine art studio.  
 
She previously worked as production manager and graphic artist at The Shinnston News and Harrison County Journal where she won several awards for "Outstanding Ad Design" and "Outstanding Page Design for a Weekly Newspaper." Staying within the advertising business she then worked as office manager and sometime graphic artist at the billboard advertising company, Lamar Advertising, in Bridgeport, WV.
 
Belinda attended the United Technical Center where she completed one year of Commercial Art, two years of Illustration in Advertising and also took an auto body course where she learned auto body prep and the art of airbrushing. She also studied at the Clayton College of Natural Health in Mobile, AL within the Family Herbalist Certification Course. 
 
Art and non-fiction reading have been lifelong hobbies as well as an avid interest in natural health studies. She is an advocate for many political and social causes.  She is also a connoisseur of fine chocolates and believes a jovial attitude and a glass of wine will keep you young at heart.
 
Belinda is the mother of two brilliant and creative children, Danielle Fragman of Morgantown and Camden Fragman of Clarksburg. 
 
Belinda can be contacted at Belinda.H@connect-wv.com.
 

 

 
Bob Stealey
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
Freelance Writer
 
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.
 
 

 
Kathy Johnston
Arts & Entertainment Writer
 
Kathryn Johnston is a lifelong resident of the area, with the exception of a year in California and the many years spent in Morgantown while attending WVU. 
 
She resides in Bridgeport with her husband Gary Cuppett, computer guy, and her wire fox terrier Waldo, who is actually in charge of the household and works diligently to keep his people in line. 
 
Kathy studied journalism and fine arts at WVU and holds an MBA from WV Wesleyan. 
 
She worked as a small business consultant for the SBDC and in government contracting and now does consulting and marketing projects. She is a member of Vintage Theatre Company’s Fearless Fools, an Improv comedy group. 
 
Kathy actively volunteers with projects in the arts and enjoys cooking, photography and travel.
 
Kathy can be contacted a Kathy.J@Connect-WV.com.
 
 

 
Bill Nestor
Freelance Writer
RCB Football & Boys Basketball
 
Bill Nestor is a sports journalist, who has been announcing and reporting on athletics in Harrison County for over 17 years.
 
His interest in sports began at a very young age and continued as his passion was basketball throughout his high school years at Washington Irving High School. He continued to pursue his ongoing interest in athletics as he graduated with a Bachelor's degree in physical education from Fairmont State College in 1992.
 
One of his greatest joys was the time he spent teaching and coaching the youth of Harrison County. He substitute taught in nearly every school in the county and coached basketball at South Harrison, track at Lincoln, and Soccer at Robert C. Byrd.
 
Upon the birth of his son, Reese, Bill retired from coaching to focus on his newly acquired duties as a father.  He continued however to stay connected to the local sports scene by launching his career in radio and print media, as he does to this day. He co-hosted "Sports Talk" on WVHF, which was the longest running local sports talk show in north central West Virginia. He is well known as the voice of Robert C. Byrd Flying Eagles.  
 
Bill resides in Morgantown, WV with his wife, Jennifer, and three children.
 
 

 
Rosalyn Queen Alonso - Columnist
Rosalyn Queen Alonso
Freelance Columnist

Rosalyn Queen Alonso,  a Clarksburg native, grew up in Clarksburg and is a graduate of Roosevelt Wilson High School. She has attended and taught seminars on strategic festival and event fundraising sponsored by such university's as Georgetown, Virginia Tech and Clemson. She also taught a class "So You Want To Write A Book" at the United Technical Center.

Rosalyn is married to David L Alonso and they reside in Bridgeport. She is the mother of two sets of twins Michael Queen of Bridgeport, Martin Queen of Clarksburg, Mrs. Andy (Lisa) Lang of Bridgeport and Mrs. Dixon "Leslie" Queen Pruitt of Quiet Dell. She has five grandchildren.

Rosalyn has been very active in promoting Italian culture throughout the United States. She served on the Board of Directors as Chairman and then as Director of the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival for over 25 years. She was nominated by Senator Robert C. Byrd to serve on the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation (CCFF) and was appointed by President George H. W. Bush. President William Clinton re-appointed her to serve as Chairman of the CCFF. In 1991, she was appointed by then Governor Gaston Caperton to serve on the Columbus Quincenterrery Commission. Rosalyn is a member of the National Italian American Foundation.

Locally, she is a member of the Sons of Italy - William Marconi Lodge; the Audia Caring Heritage Association; and the WV Calabria Italian Heritage Association. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Progressive Women's Association (formerly the YWCA) and is an active member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

An accomplished writer, Rosalyn enjoys writing about her heritage, her community, her family and her friends. As sort of a biography on growing up in an Italian family, in 2005 Rosalyn wrote and published a book she called  "Arrivederci! Customs & Recipes Every Italian Girl Takes From Home." Now in its fourth printing, proceeds from the sale of her book go to fund scholarships for West Virginia students in memory of her parents William & Florence Roberti Burnett. She was invited by Clemson University to write an article on fundraising in rural areas for festivals and events. That paper was published by Clemson University.

For almost  20 years now, Rosalyn has written a weekly column titled "The Grapevine."  That column now appears in several North Central West Virginia newspapers as well as in on-line magazines such as Connect-Clarksburg® and Connect-Bridgeport®. Her articles have been published in the Fairmont State University Cultural Publication. Rosalyn received a preservation grant to record, orally, the histories of 50 West Virginia Italian families. She has traveled to Italy several times where she has continued to research information for genealogy and to collect recipes and customs.

She retired in 2001 as the director of the WV Italian Heritage Festival.  She enjoys writing, gardening, travelling with her husband and spending time with family and friends.

The Grapevine was originally used by Rosalyn as a way to get information out to the public about events sponsored by the West Virginia Italian Festival. Today, the weekly column also includes information about events and individuals in throughout North Central West Virginia. It contains recipes, a little humor, some sad news about our neighbors and a lot of information about gardening. Alonso is always happy to hear from her readers and loves their comments about the column. She has received inquiries from many locals as well as individuals in California, New York, Florida, North and South Carolina, Texas, Maryland and Virginia.

Rosalyn can be reached by email at spanishqueen86@frontier.com

 
 

 
Tyler Vincent
Freelance Photographer
 
I was born and raised in Harrison County. I am the son of Crystal and Richard Vincent, husband to Kayla Jo Vincent and father to Isabella and Abigail Vincent.
 
I graduated from Notre Dame High School in 2004 and attended WVU from 2004-2008.
 
I will be working as a news photojournalist for Connect-Clarksburg. For the past six years I have owned and operated a successful professional portrait and wedding photography business, Tyler Vincent Photography - www.TylerVPhoto.com.  I have photographed over 100 weddings and over 200 portrait sessions. More recently, I have begun working as a news photojournalist. I have quickly found that my passion is for news and sports photography. My ultimate goal is to bring Harrison County rich artistic content they can rely on for their daily news.
 
As a self taught photographer turned pro I am dedicated to the art and science of photography and look forward to continually improving my skills and abilities. 
 
 

Sarah Moore
Freelance Writer

Sarah, a Tyler County native, has been a Harrison County resident for the past five years. After graduating from Fairmont State University with a Bachelors in Secondary English and Journalism Education, she decided to gain some field experience prior to hitting the classroom. Sarah worked as a reporter for the Exponent-Telegram for three years before returning to education full-time in 2012. She is currently an English teacher at Liberty High School. Although teaching is her day job, she missed the freedom of creativity and self expression that writing fulfills.

Sarah believes the key to being a good writer is to read what others have written. She spends much of her time reading novels of various genres and following the news. Although Sarah has been writing since a child - she won multiple writing contests during her grade school career - she believes writing is a series of hit and miss successes. One must be open to change and improvement. As novelist Susan Wilson once said in an interview, a good writer sometimes has to write bad stuff to learn how to write the good stuff (paraphrased).

When Sarah isn't reading, writing, lesson planning or grading papers, she is coaching cross country at LHS. She is an avid runner and believes the road is a great "punching bag for the feet" after a long, stressful day.

Somewhere amidst all this, she finds time to spend with her daughters Alaina, 12, and Abi, 10. They can often be found writing Sarah's ideas as she drives, grading papers the night before the end of the six weeks, or bundled in blankets and earmuffs cheering on the Liberty Mountaineers from the stands. She thanks God for blessing her with two understanding, bright, young ladies who not only help, but inspire her.
 
 
 



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