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Friends, Colleagues Mourn Passing of Longtime Sports Editor Nick Bedway – Wheeling Intelligencer

NICK BEDWAY

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Regardless if you’re talking about Nick Bedway as a husband, father, sports writer, proponent of youth in the Ohio Valley or just a man, he’s a hall of famer in every category.

He left a lasting impact on sports fans and athletes throughout the Ohio Valley, on both sides of the Ohio River, through a career that spanned 45 years at The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register.

Bedway, 81, died Saturday at Wheeling Hospital.

He joined the Wheeling News-Register staff in 1960 as a copy boy and joined The Intelligencer staff as a sports writer later that year.

In 1967, Bedway joined the News-Register staff and was promoted to Associate Sports Editor in 1971. He became the News-Register’s sports editor in 1995 and eventually took over as executive sports editor, overseeing both newspapers, in 2000.

G. Ogden Nutting, publisher of The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register, worked with Bedway for the entirety of his career at the newspapers. He said Bedway prided himself on covering local events and local athletes both in his sports stories and his “Nick’s Notebook” column, and that he showed the utmost respect to all those he wrote about over the decades.

“The prime focus of Nick Bedway and the newspapers when he supervised them was local athletes, local coaches, local officials,” Nutting said. “From grade school football to the athletes at our local colleges, Nick felt it was important to highlight their accomplishments. Whatever the level of play, they were his local kids and he loved writing and telling the local community about all the special things they were doing.”

Nutting said Bedway, who followed Bill Van Horne in leading the sports staff at the Wheeling newspapers, earned and kept the community’s trust with his reporting and insights into local athletes. Bedway’s focus on highlighting local athletes in all sports has been hard to replace.

“We all read and enjoyed Nick’s stories, his interviews, and his columns until one day the scores were there, and your team either won or lost, but something else was missing … the special touch and the relevance. That was Nick, and he will be missed,” Nutting said.

Don Clegg, who is currently the sports information director at West Liberty University, took over as sports editor of the newspapers upon Bedway’s retirement. The two worked together for 22 years and formed a relationship that stretched well beyond just being co-workers.

“With the passing of Nick Bedway, our valley has lost one of the last true giants of the field and I have lost one of my oldest and dearest friends,” Clegg said. “Nick spent nearly a half-century covering the Ohio Valley sports world. Nobody loved their job more than Nick did and nobody did it better. Working together for decades at the N-R, we shared many great memories on the sidelines, but it’s the personal moments, in and out of the newsroom, that strike a chord for me and my family on this saddest of days. Nick was a courageous and loyal friend to all.”

When Bedway joined the News-Register staff, the position opening went to Doug Huff. Huff, who retired from full-time work in 2011 and served for decades as sports editor of The Intelligencer, said Bedway touched nearly every Ohio Valley athlete and every sport during his long career.

“Nick’s fingerprints were on a lot of different things because he was …….

Source: https://www.theintelligencer.net/news/top-headlines/2022/06/friends-colleagues-mourn-passing-of-longtime-sports-editor-nick-bedway/

NICK BEDWAY

Regardless if you’re talking about Nick Bedway as a husband, father, sports writer, proponent of youth in the Ohio Valley or just a man, he’s a hall of famer in every category.

He left a lasting impact on sports fans and athletes throughout the Ohio Valley, on both sides of the Ohio River, through a career that spanned 45 years at The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register.

Bedway, 81, died Saturday at Wheeling Hospital.

He joined the Wheeling News-Register staff in 1960 as a copy boy and joined The Intellig…….

NICK BEDWAY

Regardless if you’re talking about Nick Bedway as a husband, father, sports writer, proponent of youth in the Ohio Valley or just a man, he’s a hall of famer in every category.

He left a lasting impact on sports fans and athletes throughout the Ohio Valley, on both sides of the Ohio River, through a career that spanned 45 years at The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register.

Bedway, 81, died Saturday at Wheeling Hospital.

He joined the Wheeling News-Register staff in 1960 as a copy boy and joined The Intellig…….

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