Weekly Papers Yield Awards at Convention
The Wetzel-Tyler newspapers picked up several awards at the West Virginia Press Association’s annual Convention and Awards receptions. The Tyler Star News received second place for Best Agency Advertisement, third place Best Special Section in Advertising, and third place Best Special Section – Sports in Advertising.
In Editorial, the Tyler Star News received third place for “Best Single Issue.”
The Wetzel Chronicle received a third place award in Advertising for “Best Classified Display Ad,” as well as a third place for “Best Theme Pages – Retail” for the “Congratulations Magnolia Track” page.
Notably, Perry Nardo, general manager of The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register, on Saturday won the West Virginia Press Association’s highest honor – The Adam R. Kelly Premier Journalist Award – for his outstanding dedication to the newspaper industry, his work with the West Virginia Press Association and his passion for his local communities.
Nardo, who has served as general manager in Wheeling for nearly two decades, oversees daily operation of the publications.
He previously served as advertising director of the newspapers and as publisher of the Wetzel Chronicle in New Martinsville and Tyler Star News in Sistersville.
He is a past president and board member with the West Virginia Press Association, and a former prep coach, serving as a football coach at St. John Central Catholic High School in Bellaire and the former Bishop Donahue High School as well as a baseball coach at Shadyside High School.
A Belmont County native, Nardo is a graduate of St. John Central Catholic and Ohio University. He lives in Shadyside with his wife, Jayme. They have three sons Matthew, Bryan and Luke.
West Virginia Press Association Executive Director Don Smith, who worked with Nardo in New Martinsville and Wheeling, praised him for his dedication to the newspaper industry, his communities and his family.
“He’s a tremendous newspaperman, board member, community member, son, brother, friend, dad, husband. He coached little league, he coached high school ball, he’s always been there,” Smith said.
The award “means a lot to me,” Nardo said, stressing the importance local newspapers have to their communities.
“I started working at the Tyler Star News and Wetzel Chronicle in 1990, unfortunately I only got to work with (Kelly) for two months before he passed away, but in those two months he really touched me. I saw how (local newspapers) can impact their communities, and how they are such a vital part of their communities,” he said.
“Throughout my career, I’ve always remembered that – it didn’t matter how big the newspaper was, it didn’t matter how small the newspaper was – you were that community’s newspaper.”
The Adam R. Kelly Premier Journalist Award is the most prestigious award presented by the West Virginia Press Association. The award was established in 1991 in memory of the late Adam R. Kelly, legendary “Country Editor” columnist and former owner and editor of the Tyler Star News. Kelly was known nationally for his outstanding service to newspapers.