The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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October 13, 2013

Rick Kelley named editor of Register-Herald

Veteran journalist Richard “Rick” Kelley has been appointed editor of The Register-Herald, Publisher Frank Wood announced Saturday.

Kelley, 59, succeeds Carl “Butch” Antolini, who recently joined the West Virginia Department of Agriculture as communications director after eight years at the newspaper.

A visionary news executive with print and online experience, Kelley was most recently the executive editor of the Macomb Daily of Mount Clemens, Mich., a paper known for award-winning journalism and creative digital content.

Kelley began his journalism career at the Ann Arbor, Mich., News, and went on to serve in staff and executive roles at the Detroit Free Press; the Jackson, Miss., Clarion-Ledger; WLBT-TV in Jackson; the San Juan, Puerto Rico, Star and the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

“We’re fortunate to have someone with Rick’s rich newspaper background help lead The Register-Herald forward into the digital era,” said Wood. “His proven ability to produce top-notch journalism in print and online will be invaluable to our award-winning newsroom.”

Kelley said he is “excited to join the outstanding team at The Register-Herald. We’re planning some innovative things for the paper and its website. But one thing we’re not planning is any change to the paper’s commitment to deliver you local news that matters or the paper’s commitment to serving Beckley and southern West Virginia.”

A graduate of the University of Mississippi, Kelley’s career has been highlighted by several noteworthy journalism projects, including a series of stories on water problems that led to Mississippi’s first groundwater regulatory laws. He also pioneered the use of an unmanned drone with a camera in news coverage, live streaming reports on the FBI search for Jimmy Hoffa’s body in Roseville, Mich., in September 2012.

Kelley is a native of Michigan, and enjoys hunting, fishing, cycling and kayaking. He also considers himself a “halfway decent cook.”

The Register-Herald serves print and online readers in a five-county region of southern West Virginia.

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