❭ Leadership

Bob Nutting – CEO

Bob serves as president and chief executive officer of The Ogden Newspapers Inc. and The Nutting Company. He is chairman of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Pirates Charities, and chairman of Seven Springs Mountain Resort.

Bob has served as former chairman of the News Media Alliance, past president of the West Virginia Press Association,  former chairman of the West Virginia Independent Colleges, former chairman of The Linsly School in Wheeling, WV, and a member of the board of The Thacher School in Ojai, CA. Bob currently serves as vice chairman of the Nature Conservancy of West Virginia and as a board member of the Green Sports Alliance. He is also a licensed pilot, an avid fly fisherman, and a passionate conservationist.

Bill Nutting – Vice President

Bill is the vice president of The Ogden Newspapers, as well as all of The Nutting Company divisions and subsidiaries.

Bill has served on the boards of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association, where he was elected president in 2011, and the SNPA Foundation, the West Virginia University Board of Governors, the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association and PNA Foundation, the Inter-American Publishers Association, Security National Trust Company, Community Foundation of the Ohio Valley, and the Ohio Valley Industrial and Business Development Corporation.

Bill graduated from Harvard in 1983 and earned a Law Degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.

G. Ogden Nutting – Publisher

Ogden is the publisher of The Ogden Newspapers. The company was founded by Ogden’s grandfather, H.C. Ogden, in September of 1890. Active in state and national journalism associations, he has served on the boards for the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association, the News Media Alliance, and the West Virginia Press Association, which in 1994 named him a life member “in appreciation for years of outstanding service” and in 2010 honored him with the Adam Kelly Premier Journalist award.

Duane Wittman – Chief Financial Officer

Duane joined The Ogden Newspapers as the comptroller in 1980 after spending 14 years with Ernst & Young. He currently serves as the treasurer and chief financial officer for The Nutting Company and The Ogden Newspapers.

Duane is a member of the AICPA and PICPA.

Charlie Deremer – Corporate Comptroller

After graduating from West Virginia University, Charlie worked with Ernst and Young before joining The Ogden Newspapers in 1981.

Charlie serves as the corporate comptroller and assistant treasurer of The Ogden Newspapers, where he oversees all regional accounting operations as well as the corporate accounting team.

Charlie is a member of the AICPA and PICPA.

Mike Kernik – Human Resources Director

Mike joined The Ogden Newspapers in April of 2001 as the human resources director.

His earlier career was spent in the coal industry, working for North American Coal, and then CONSOL for a combined 18 years, where he put his mining engineering background to use in a variety of safety, supervisory, and human resources capacities.

Dave Frisch – Technology Director

Dave began his newspaper career with The Advertiser-Tribune in Tiffin, OH, as business manager in 1985. He became controller for the Minot Daily News in Minot, ND, in 1992 and became general manager in 1994.

The Ogden Newspapers acquired the Minot Daily News in October of 1993. Dave returned to The Advertiser-Tribune as publisher in 1997 and relocated to Wheeling, WV, as a regional publisher for The Ogden Newspapers in 2005. Dave oversees all digital initiatives and technical systems.

Bart Leath – Circulation Director

Bart began his newspaper career as a district manager at the Richmond News Leader in 1974. He joined The Ogden Newspapers as the circulation manager in Fort Dodge, IA, in 1989. He became publisher of his first paper at The Sentinel in Lewistown, PA, from 1994 to 1997. In 1999 Bart joined the Wheeling team as the head of circulation and took on regional publisher duties in 2003. Bart also served as the publisher for the Minot Daily News from 2008 to 2010.

Lori Figurski – Advertising Director

Lori joined The Ogden Newspapers in 1984 as a classified adviser for The Times Leader in Martins Ferry, OH. Rising through the advertising ranks, she became their advertising director in 1998, and soon after took the advertising director role for The Intelligencer and the Wheeling News-Register.

From 2005 to 2015, Lori was publisher of The Times Leader. In 2015 she launched the Advertising Design Center and joined the corporate team as advertising director across the company.

John McCabe – Editorial Director

John began his journalism career with The Ogden Newspapers in 1996, when he was hired as a news reporter for The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register. He became city editor of those publications in 2001 and was named managing editor in 2007.

John took on a new role as a editorial director for The Ogden Newspapers at the beginning of 2017. John is based in Wheeling, WV, where he also continues to serve as managing editor of The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register. He provides editorial guidance to the company’s daily and weekly newspapers and also helps to coordinate special projects and coverage, both online and in print.

Charles Jarvis – Regional Publisher

Charles first joined The Ogden Newspapers in 1986 as a copy editor for the Parkersburg (WV) News. After three years with United Press International as North Carolina state editor and a brief term as managing editor of the Daily Record in Dunn, NC, he returned to the Parkersburg News as editor in 1990. In 1994 he was named publisher of the Evening Observer in Dunkirk, NY, and in 1996, publisher of the Herald Star in Steubenville, OH, and The Weirton (WV) Daily Times. Since 1998 he has been publisher of the Tribune Chronicle in Warren, OH.

Charles has served as a regional publisher since 2000 and currently oversees 14 newspapers.

Michael Christman – Regional Publisher

Mike currently serves as a regional publisher and the president and chief executive officer of Fort Wayne (IN) Newspapers. Prior to taking the helm at Fort Wayne in 2006, he was the publisher of the Parkersburg News and Sentinel from 2000-2006 and the Salem News in Salem, OH, from 1999-2000.

Along with deep experience in the newspaper business, Mike was instrumental in the launch of the Ogden Directories, which now publishes over 60 directories in 11 states.