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

Whitewater rafting’s ‘Gauley Lama’ just wants to be one of the guides
Yeager to consider runway length, safety zone options
Army of volunteers march into Richwood to rebuild flood damaged homes
Richwood turns to Watergate for help in solving middle school location issues
Boy Scout executive helps rescue injured bald eagle
Hanging Rock Observatory hosts Raptor Day for fledgling hawk watchers
Powerboats fill excitement niche at Stonewall and Sutton lakes
Rick Steelhammer: Dryer sheets that ‘complement my inherent manpower’
WV Forestry layoffs spark change in fall foliage reports
Volunteers work to repair Spotted Salamander Trail after 30 years
Rick Steelhammer: Still glad to be plugging away at US’s ‘Worst Job’
Veteran Charleston concertmaster, violin instructor John Lambros dies at age 98
Gauley River whitewater guides ready for Friday’s season opener
Kanawha State Forest nature walks set for Saturday
Planned rehab project should extend life of 124-year-old Mingo tunnel
Rick Steelhammer: Extraterrestrial search more than political diversion
Remains of Korean War hero return home to WV
Yeager runway extension into Coonskin Park called ‘win-win’
Yeager Airport landslide cleanup nears completion
Lewisburg couple restoring 106-year-old railroad depot as new home
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!