WHEELING - G. Ogden Nutting has been elected to the Wheeling Hall of Fame in the Business, Industry and Professions category.
The Hall of Fame board announced that Nutting, Marc Harshman, Stanley Romanoski and two others will be inducted during a banquet at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling April 20. Doors will be open for the general public at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased from Hall of Fame board members.
Nutting currently serves as publisher of The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register. But the history of newspaper publishing in Wheeling far precedes his role.
The Ogden Newspapers dates to 1890 when Nutting's grandfather, H.C. Ogden, another member of the Wheeling Hall of Fame, started the Wheeling Daily News. Described as a "spirited editor and publisher who cared deeply about his community," H.C. Ogden imparted his high ideals and entrusted the future of his newspapers to his descendants.
In 1968, Nutting became the third generation of his family to direct and manage the company.
Under his leadership, the company has continued to expand to take advantage of opportunities in new markets and publishes in 12 states and also is West Virginia's largest newspaper company.
Active in national and state newspaper and journalism associations, Nutting has served on boards or committees of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association; the American Newspaper Publishers Association; and the West Virginia Press Association, which in 1994 named him a life member "in appreciation for years of outstanding service" and gave him the Adam R. Kelly Premier Journalist Award.
In 2012 Nutting received the Frank W. Mayborn Leadership Award from the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association in recognition of his "vision, community leadership, and significant contributions to the newspaper industry." In receiving the award, Nutting was described as a "leading light in our industry, a visionary and the epitome of a community newspaperman."
Nutting also is recognized as a strong contributor to the community. He is a member of the Wheeling Park Commission, and serves on the Board of Trustees of both Bethany College and The Linsly School. He is a former member of the Visiting Committee of the West Virginia University School of Journalism and was on the board of directors of the WVU Foundation.
Other awards and honors Nutting has received include an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from Bethany College and an Honorary Doctorate from WVU; membership in the WVU Business Hall of Fame and the Order of Vandalia; the Paul A. Atkins Friend of the School Award from the WVU Journalism Alumni Association; WVU's Most Loyal West Virginian Award for his service to WVU and the state; WVU Foundation's Outstanding Philanthropy Award; and the University's Distinguished Service Award for exceptional leadership.
He and his wife, Betty Woods Nutting, have two sons, William and Robert, who are the fourth generation of the family to direct The Ogden Newspapers. The couple also has six grandchildren, all living in Wheeling.