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

House nears passage of bill allowing use of public dollars for private education costs

Delegates approve amendment to make more students eligible in five years; reject one meant to prevent discrimination.

February 17, 2021 - 4:23 pm

House approves elevation of development, tourism offices to cabinet-level posts

Some delegates question whether agencies would grow; whether development role is a golden parachute for Carmichael.

February 17, 2021 - 2:35 pm

Intermediate court of appeals gets a new chance at life

Gov. Jim Justice briefly endorsed the concept during this year's State of the State address. 

February 16, 2021 - 6:44 pm

Legislation would spell out teachers strikes as unlawful in West Virginia

Senate Bill 11, which now goes to consideration by the full Senate, is almost certainly a reaction to the statewide teachers strikes of two and three years ago.

February 16, 2021 - 3:29 pm

Charter schools expansion bill passes House even as Democrats say it's rushed

The National Association of Charter School Authorizers issued a statement questioning West Virginia's provisions.

February 16, 2021 - 1:56 pm

Committee passed amendment applying limits to current crisis -- and rescinded it today

House Judiciary initially passed bill -- with amendment -- on Saturday.

February 15, 2021 - 4:17 pm

Charter schools expansion on edge of passage in W.Va. House

Delegates offer several amendments to the bill during floor session.

February 15, 2021 - 2:12 pm