Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick has announced that Carl “Butch” Antolini will join the West Virginia Department of Agriculture July 22 as communications director.
“I believe I am getting a wealth of strong media experience in Butch and have faith that he will be a great asset in our efforts to grow agriculture in this state,” said Commissioner Helmick.
Antolini grew up in Elkins and began his journalism career at age 14 as a sports writer for The Inter-Mountain. He also worked as a regional bureau chief for the Morgantown Dominion-Post and statehouse reporter for the Cumberland Times-News in Maryland. He has 38 years’ experience in the media industry.
Most recently, Antolini was the executive editor and general manager of The Register-Herald in Beckley, where he had been since 2005. He and his wife, Heather, have four children, Michael, Elizabeth, Audrey and John “Jack.”