Date of Graduation
Reed College of Media
R. Ivan Pinnell
Two Charleston, West Virginia, brothers, Robert C. and Henry E. Payne, III, and Charleston lawyer Fred F. Holroyd established The State Journal in October 1984 as a weekly newspaper to serve a statewide business readership. The newspaper evolved through difficult early years and eventually became profitable through the sales leadership of Lorenelle White, who would purchase the newspaper with her husband in 1997. She eventually would re-establish the newspaper’s weekly publishing cycle. The Whites would sell The State Journal in 2001 to a newly formed media business, West Virginia Media Holdings, which would increase in the newspaper’s editorial resources. Since that time, the newspaper has received national recognition for its news coverage. The State Journal is now 21 years old and employs about 20 people, including nine news personnel.
Page, Phillip Daniel, "The Startup and Evolution of The State Journal: A Statewide Newspaper Reports on Business" (2005). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 7667.