James A. HaughtEditor Emeritus
James A. Haught was born in 1932 in a Wetzel County farm town that had no electricity or paved streets. He came to Charleston as a teen and obtained a job in the Daily Mail print shop in the days of hot lead printing. Craving to become a news reporter, he offered to work without pay in the Daily Mail newsroom on his days off. In 1953, the Gazette offered a full-time news job, and Haught has been with the paper ever since - except for seven months in 1959 when he was press aide to the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd. Haught has been police reporter, night city editor, religion columnist, associate editor and the like. He spent 13 years as the state's only investigative reporter, an assignment that produced several indictments and convictions. He held the title of editor until the Gazette and Daily Mail newsrooms combined, when he became editor emeritus. He has won two dozen national newswriting awards. He has written 11 books and 100 magazine essays. He is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Contemporary Authors and 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century. At age 84, after six decades on the job, he still works full-time, writing nearly 400 editorials yearly, plus personal columns. He's a longtime member of Charleston's Unitarian Universalist congregation.