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

Rick Steelhammer: Science marches on, and so does Jeff Goldblum
Environmental review favors Atlantic Coast Pipeline development
Peace and quiet draw visitors from afar to Elk River campground
Presenter re-enacts 17th-century man’s journey through Kanawha Valley
Rick Steelhammer: China putting facial recognition tech to good use
Visit to Youngstown air show worrisome but worthwhile for Putnam man
Corps of Engineers planning for the future of Summersville Lake
Seneca Rocks fire continues to burn, has covered more than 50 acres
Seneca Rocks climbing routes, trails close as forest fire burns
DEP OKs water releases for Dries section of New River; rafters hope for more dates
Rick Steelhammer: On making it big as a progressive liberal heel
Yeager Airport Police Chief Crawford leaving to take St. Albans post
Rick Steelhammer: Race between Olympian and shark a bit hard to swallow
Replacement project for popular New River Gorge walkway underway
Heavy rain, high water possible on anniversary of June 2016 WV flood
Canaan Valley, Timberline offering joint resort lift ticket
Coal River community float celebrates importance of WV’s waterways
Man who shares birthday with WV celebrates by traveling to state parks
Rick Steelhammer: Milking American agricultural ignorance for all it’s worth
Green Bank Telescope produces image of star-forming Orion gas filament
Trump-targeted ARC awards $4.4M to 5 WV projects
Coal River community float celebrates importance of WV’s waterways
Rick Steelhammer: Celebrating apple budder and 1k footraces
Jenkins: Trump budget pulls plug on abandoned mine development project
Trail gives visitors look at Bluestone National Scenic River