Former News and Sentinel publisher to join Hall of Fame

PARKERSBURG – The late publisher of The Parkersburg News and The Parkersburg Sentinel will be inducted into the West Virginia Press Association Hall of Fame.

Francis R. Hollendonner was publisher of the Parkersburg newspapers for 17 years, from 1975 to 1992.

“I think Fran would be quite pleased and honored,” said his widow, Carolyn Hollendonner.

The induction ceremony will be held Aug. 8 at the President’s Reception during the 2013 Annual Convention Aug. 8-10 at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling. Mrs. Hollendonner will accept the honor on behalf of her late husband.

Hollendonner, an avid golfer and Pittsburgh Steelers fan, retired from the newspaper in 1992. He died July 29, 2008, at the age of 81.

He was a life-long newspaper man.

Hollendonner was a native of Jeannette, Pa., and a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard in World War II. He started his career as a reporter in Jeannette where his mother, Marion Hollendonner, was managing editor of the newspaper.

He was an editor at newspapers in Beaver County, Pa., and in Schenectady, N.Y., prior to becoming editor of The Wheeling Intelligencer from 1970 to 1975. Hollendonner became publisher of The Parkersburg News and The Parkersburg Sentinel in 1975 and became involved in the community through several agencies and organizations including the Elks, the Chamber of Commerce, Artsbridge, the Area Roundtable, the Blennerhassett Historical Park Foundation, the Red Cross, the convention bureau and Rotary.

In 2001, Hollendonner received the Adam R. Kelly Award for outstanding service to the newspaper industry from the press association.

Also being inducted into the Hall of Fame is the late Lyell B. Clay, an owner of the Charleston Daily Mail. He died Nov. 15, 2007.

The press association represents West Virginia newspapers. Among the highlights of the convention are the annual Better Newspaper Contest for reporting and advertising, a golf tournament, a discussion of the Affordable Care Act by Highmark West Virginia President Fred Earley and discussions on the Freedom of Information Act and managing 24-hour newsrooms.