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Newspaper group publisher G. Ogden Nutting has died at 87

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — G. Ogden Nutting, who helped grow his family’s newspaper business to more than 50 daily publications in 18 states, has died. He was 87.

Nutting died Friday, according to The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register, which published his obituary and a separate story on his death Monday.

A Wheeling resident, Nutting was the longtime publisher of Ogden Newspapers Inc. and spent more than 60 years in various roles with the private company. His grandfather, H.C. Ogden, founded The Wheeling Evening News in 1890, and it formed the basis of the newspaper chain.

Nutting joined Pittsburgh Pirates team owner Kevin McClatchy’s ownership group in 1996. McClatchy and Nutting knew each other initially through their newspaper industry ties before McClatchy brought Nutting into his ownership group that kept the team from leaving Pittsburgh.

But McClatchy eventually lost his majority ownership stake to Nutting’s son, Bob, who supplanted McClatchy as the Pirates’ principal owner in 2007. Bob Nutting also is president and CEO of Ogden Newspapers.

Ogden Nutting earned awards from the West Virginia Press Association and the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association. He received a Distinguished West Virginian award by the governor in 2005 and was inducted two years later into West Virginia University’s Order of Vandalia for service to the state.

West Virginia Press Association President Don Smith told The Intelligencer and Wheeling News Register that Nutting was the “last of the great publishers in the history of newspapers in West Virginia.”

Nutting is survived by his wife, Betty Woods “Snookie” Nutting; a brother, William C. Nutting; his two sons, Bob and Ogden Newspapers Vice President William O. Nutting; and five granddaughters and one grandson.

According to Nutting's obituary, no visitation or public service will be held.

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This story has been edited to say that G. Ogden Nutting was an investor in the Pittsburgh Pirates but not the controlling owner.