Profiles

Bob Stealey

Bob Stealey

bob.s@connect-wv.com
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.

Archives

Bob-n-Along: Today in America we celebrate the inauguration of Donald J. Trump

If today is Friday, January 20, 2017, then it's a day I've been looking forward to for a long, long time!   Can you imagine why? Well, it has an awful lot to do with America's version of the Changing of the Guard, as...

Bob-n-Along: Telling our city and county history in photographs was a labor of love

Generally in a column that I write, I would try to avoid aggrandizing my own efforts at anything I had done. However, in keeping with my weekly intent of keeping the themes of my columns centered on our fair city of Clarksburg, I found m...

Bob-n-Along: Comparing the Few Television Programs from 1954 to Hundreds Shown Today

Ahh, television. TV program quality, yesterday versus today--an interesting topic.   To suggest that the difference between the two is vast may be accurate--or not. If I were asked to assign numerical values to television pr...

Bob-n-Along: Offering Some Thought Provoking Resolutions for the New Year

Hopefully, your Christmas this year was everything you had hoped it would be. Folks in and around Clarksburg must have enjoyed their holiday immensely, judging by the broad smiles across their faces.   But now that Christmas 2016...

Bob-n-Along: Christmas gifts today just don't seem as personal as those in the 1950's

The customs of Christmas shopping sure have changed over the years, haven't they? When I was just a young'un in my grade school and junior high school years, I took my Christmas shopping that I did in Clarksburg quite seriously....

Bob-n-Along: Let's all remember the real reason for the Christmas season

How might you best describe the celebration of a traditional Christmas? Since there are many facets of what Christmas means to different people, that'd be sort of a tricky question, and I mean whether you're speaking of Clarksbur...

Bob-n-Along: Holiday Cookies, Pies, Fudge and Gingerbread Men; I love them all!

Whether we're talking Clarksburg, or Harrison County, or West Virginia or wherever, likely it makes no real difference at this time of year, considering the subject--a Christmas "sweet tooth." Generally, I'm speaking of thos...

Bob-n-Along: The bands, the break-ups and the music of 1969 were some of the greatest!

Here's trusting that you and yours had a sumptuous and delightful Thanksgiving, and that you had the opportunity to give your heartfelt thanks to God above. It's never too late to give thanks to our Lord.   Today,the subj...

Bob-n-Along: We've elected a new President...and those TV commercials have stopped!

After 18 months or so of candidacy announcements, debates, cross-country campaigning, primary elections and virtually non-stop political advertising, the 2016 General Election is now history. Over and done with are the hotly contested ra...

Bob-n-Along: An Old Guy's Thoughts on the History of Halloween

A number of years ago in an English class that I had attended at the former Washington Irving High School or the former Central Junior High School, both which were in Clarksburg, perhaps I would have flourished having written an essay ab...
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