Jack Canfield, Class of 1961, to be inducted into WV Broadcasting Hall of Fame

Jack Canfield, a 1961 graduate of Potomac State College of West Virginia University (WVU) and former resident of Keyser and Elk Garden, will soon be among those inducted into the West Virginia Broadcasting Hall of Fame for 2014.

Jack Canfield
Jack Canfield 
(Photo Courtesy Lawrence Pierce)

Jack’s career in communications began as a teenager behind a microphone at WKYR in Keyser. He then studied under Dr. Elizabeth Atwater at Potomac State, and worked his way through WVU as assistant news director of WCLG Radio in Morgantown. Later, he was a reporter and news anchor at WCHS-TV and WSAZ-TV in Charleston before expanding his career to become press spokesman for three West Virginia governors.

“Those two years at Potomac State shaped my career,” Canfield said. “We benefitted from being taught by professors who taught us how to write, how to speak, and how to conduct ourselves in a professional setting. That carried over to WVU. I’m proud to have a degree from both.”

Jack later served as press spokesman for Governors Hulett C. Smith and Jay Rockefeller and served as interim press secretary to Governor Bob Wise. He was elected to the W.Va. House of Delegates and later served as senior vice president for corporate development at Charleston Area Medical Center and as vice president of Charles Ryan and Associates. “Both Charlie Ryan and I are from Keyser, both of us studied journalism at Potomac State and WVU, and both of us are incredibly indebted to each,” he said.

Canfield is owner of Jack Canfield, LLC in Charleston. His firm specializes in health care marketing, advertising, research, and public relations. He has taught public relations classes at the University of Charleston and at Marshall University.

While a student at Potomac State, he was editor-in-chief of the Pasquino, secretary of Phi Sigma Nu, and a member of the Newman Club, the Potomac State Singers, the Potomac State Dance Band, the Roth Military Honorary Society, the Military Marching Band, and Student Council.  

Jack has been a staunch supporter of Potomac State. He is immediate past chairman of the Board of Visitors and assisted in the transitional process that made Potomac State a full division of WVU. He was honored with the ‘Distinguished Service Award’ in 2007. Jack earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from WVU in 1963.

He and his wife, June, are graduates of Keyser High School. They are parents of John, a Charleston attorney; Susan, a Charleston government relations executive; and Chris, vice president of the Virginia Tourism Commission. They have three grandsons.