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Brad McElhinny


Brad McElhinny joined MetroNews as its statewide correspondent. Previously, Brad was co-editor of The Charleston Gazette-Mail. Before that, he was editor and publisher of The Charleston Daily Mail.

Brad is a Parkersburg native who spent more than 20 years at the Daily Mail, first as a reporter and writer and then in a succession of leadership roles, including managing editor and city editor. One of his responsibilities that continued with the consolidated Gazette-Mail was oversight of the Daily Mail editorial page. Brad was awarded best columnist awards in 2014, 2015 and 2016 from the West Virginia Press Association.

Brad also was part of a Daily Mail leadership team that consistently took home top honors in the West Virginia Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. Under his guidance, Daily Mail staffers were regularly honored by the newspaper company Digital First Media for innovative approaches to journalism.

He is a 1994 graduate of Marshall University’s W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and a 1990 graduate of Parkersburg South High School.

Brad lives in Charleston with his wife, Karen, a local attorney, and children Isabelle and Kate.



Recent Articles by Brad McElhinny

PEIA plans no premium increases this year, but financial future is cloudy

The plan for the coming year was approved by the finance board after a delay of a couple of weeks.

November 3, 2022 - 2:35 pm

PEIA projects no premium increases, but anticipates future financial strain for state

The Public Employee Insurance Agency is projecting no premium increases for state workers this year as it takes a draft plan out to the public, but a five-year outlook shows state costs skyrocketing by hundreds of millions of dollars. The five-year PEIA outlook released today anticipates keeping employee premium increases at zero through 2027. But

November 2, 2022 - 12:45 pm

Big factor in Logan Schools takeover: questions surrounding virtual schools program

The topic that received the most attention by the review team and concern by the state board was the virtual program run by Heritage Educational Services.

November 2, 2022 - 7:47 am

Solid state financial trend is grist for tax cut debates as Election ramps up

West Virginia state government’s monthly revenue report was way up again, this time going into the swirl of the election just a week away. State revenue for the month of October was almost $148 million ahead of estimates, according to a report distributed by the state Senate Finance Committee. For the fiscal year so far,

November 1, 2022 - 12:13 pm

House Speaker wants to revisit proposals meant to bolster early-grade classrooms

West Virginia’s results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress were well below the national average and amounted to the state’s lowest performance ever.

October 31, 2022 - 12:34 pm

Historically bad test scores highlight the need for focus on West Virginia education policy

West Virginia’s results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress were well below the national average and amounted to the state’s lowest performance ever.

October 30, 2022 - 6:15 pm

Property tax amendment is hot, but education policies are a big deal on ballots too

Amendment Four would specify that the Legislature, which reviews the rules that most state agencies operate under, would also have authority over the state Department of Education's policies.

October 30, 2022 - 9:22 am