Rick SteelhammerRecreation Reporter

As a long-time general assignment reporter, Rick Steelhammer has produced stories in all 55 West Virginia counties, traveling the state by foot, car, train, railroad speeder car, rail-mounted bike, ATV, raft, mountain bike, kayak, canoe, towboat, jetboat, airboat, inner tube, skis, snowmobile, snowshoes, zipline and rappel line to generate feature stories and cover news events. He also writes a humor column for the Sunday Gazette-Mail and is the author of "West Virginia Curiosities," "It Happened in West Virginia" and "The Ultimate Book of West Virginia Lists." He is a graduate of Antioch College and the past president and current vice president of the West Virginia Institute for Spirituality's board of directors.

Rick Steelhammer

Recent Articles and Columns

New guide lists drool-worthy West Virginia pet-friendly vacation sites
Park Service’s 100th birthday celebrated at New River Gorge, Harpers Ferry
Kanawha Forest Coalition prevails in 2-year effort to halt strip mine
Missing for more than 200 years, Blennerhassett’s telescope returns home
Rick Steelhammer: The secret to extending your life? It’s a real page-turner!
Summersville Dam’s 50th birthday focuses on activities its lake makes possible
Summersville Dam set for re-dedication 50 years after LBJ’s historic visit
Oozing Glady Fork gas well gets permanent fix 23 years later
TSA finds gun in carry-on bag at Huntington airport
Droop Mountain superintendent leaves after 32 years at Pocahontas park
Crew from Kansas aids in Greenbrier River Trail flood recovery
Forecasting weather a childhood dream for retiring NWS meteorologist
Yeager board addresses Uber service, slide removal, insurance settlement
Sugar Grove Navy base in Pendleton County sells for $11.2M
Flood-battered Richwood nursing home to rebuild, reopen, executive says
Helping Richwood recover from flood a deja vu experience for Baber
Charleston broadcaster Sahley remembered for his personality
Former Carbide camp on New River island hosts array of free activities
Yeager Airport awaits rollout of Uber service
DOT unveils improvement plans to relieve congestion on Jefferson Road
Barnwood Builders re-purpose antique Canadian barn timbers as frame for New River Gorge pavilion
WV tornado confirmed; flooded schools’ futures uncertain
Whitewater outfitters resume schedule following floods
Busy tracks, accommodating hosts make McDowell inn a railfan mecca
WVSU students learn to dig history in Fort Scammon archaeology project