Derek Redd Named Managing Editor of The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register
WHEELING — A chance to return home and help lead his community’s daily newspapers proved too good an opportunity to pass up for Wheeling native Derek Redd.
Following a journalism career that led him from Wheeling to Parkersburg and Marietta, Ohio, then to Florida and back to Charleston, West Virginia, Redd earlier this month began the next chapter of his career as managing editor of The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register.
His appointment was announced by Perry Nardo, general manager of the newspapers, and J. Michael Myer, executive editor of the publications.
Redd, 43, is a Wheeling native and a 1995 graduate of Wheeling Park High School.
He graduated from West Virginia University’s Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism in 1999, and started his journalism career as a news reporter in Marietta, Ohio.
“We are very excited that we were able to bring Derek to Wheeling to help lead our newsrooms, as he brings a wealth of experience and leadership ability to this position,” Nardo said. “Being an Ohio Valley native, he also understands the people and the issues that are important to this region — issues that will shape the area’s future. His connection to the area also will allow him to quickly get reconnected in the local region and continue to help us tell the stories that matter most and are most impactful to the local community.”
“I’ve known Derek for many years and been impressed by his dedication to the craft of journalism and his infectious enthusiasm for newspapering,” Myer commented. “He has achieved a statewide reputation for excellence, and I’ve seen the eagerness with which he has come back home to serve readers in our area. That fits in perfectly with our philosophy at The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register of emphasizing coverage of local news and sports.”
Redd takes over for John McCabe who served as managing editor of the publications from 2007-20. McCabe has taken on a new leadership role within Wheeling’s newsroom.
“When I was offered the chance to take a leadership position with my hometown newspaper, it was something I absolutely couldn’t pass up,” Redd said. “I really want to sink my teeth into the job and help this skilled and dedicated group of reporters tell the stories that the people of the Ohio Valley want and need to know.”
Redd, the son of Richard Redd of Parkersburg and Linda Rafa of Moundsville, grew up on Middle Creek in Triadelphia.
Following his time as the Marietta, Ohio, bureau chief for the Parkersburg News and Sentinel, he spent 12 years as a journalist in Florida, covering sports and news for the Naples Daily News. He also served as managing editor of Osceola, a newspaper dedicated to covering Florida State University sports, and worked as a page designer and night editor for the Tallahassee Democrat.
Redd in 2012 joined the Charleston Daily Mail, covering Marshall University athletics. In 2015 he began covering local college sports for the Charleston Gazette-Mail, focusing on Mountain East Conference athletics.
In 2016, Redd was promoted to sports editor of the Gazette-Mail. In 2018, Redd became sports director, overseeing operations for HD Media’s two daily newspapers — the Gazette-Mail and Herald Dispatch in Huntington — while coordinating coverage with the company’s weekly newspapers throughout southern West Virginia.
In the 2020 West Virginia Press Association Better Newspapers Contest, Redd earned first place in Division I for best sports columnist and second place for best sports news/feature story.
Redd’s wife Katie is a 1994 graduate of Wheeling Park High School. He has two stepdaughters — Abigail, 16, and Moira, 13 — and a 5-year-old son, Ethan.
“Most of my family still lives in the Ohio Valley,” Redd said. “My wife, my family and I can’t wait to become a part of this community again, reuniting with old friends, making new ones and serving this area the best we can.”