The Times West Virginian


April 30, 2013

Harris named Times West Virginian sports editor

FAIRMONT — Times West Virginian publisher Chuck Jessup announces that Jarrod Harris has been promoted to the position of sports editor at the newspaper.

In his position, Harris will be responsible for the day-to-day planning and coordinating of the sports section, as well as managing a staff of sports writers and correspondents to provide the best sports coverage in North Central West Virginia the newspaper has come to be known for.

“Jarrod’s time as an athlete — from youth sports to collegiate play — gives him a unique perspective when it comes to telling the story of a game,” Jessup said. “During his time here, he’s developed an excellent rapport with the local coaches and the players.”

Harris started working with the Times West Virginian as an intern through the West Virginia Press Association. Following his summer here in 2011, he worked as a sports correspondent for the newspaper before joining the staff on a full-time basis last spring.

“Jarrod was a design student of mine at Fairmont State University before he was brought on as an intern,” said managing editor Misty Poe. “I could see then that he had a knack for adapting to any situation, dealing very well with the public and putting his all into every story he wrote.

“He’s continued in that vein as a full-time reporter and has shown not only a great deal of development, but an even greater potential,” Poe said. “I know that he’ll take on this next challenge with just as much enthusiasm and effort.”

Harris is a Salem, Ohio, native and graduated from West Branch High School in Beloit, Ohio, where he was a three-year starter on the baseball team. During his senior season, he was captain and an all-state recipient.

Next month, he will graduate with honors from Fairmont State University, where he earned the Outstanding Student in Journalism for 2012-13 Award and served as editor in chief of The Columns.

To contact Harris, call 304-367-2508 or email him at

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