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STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA
OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
PATRICK MORRISEY
Phone: 304-558-2021
Email: communications@wvago.gov
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Richie Heath
Phone: (305) 582-2021


Release Date: February 5, 2013

WEST VIRGINIA ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE ANNOUNCES HIRING OF BETH GORCZYCA RYAN AS NEW DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS



CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced today that his office has hired Beth Gorczyca Ryan to serve as Director of Communications for the Office of Attorney General. After serving as the managing editor of The State Journal for the past five years, Ryan will join the Office of Attorney General starting on February 11th.

“I am extremely excited to attract someone of Beth’s caliber to the Attorney General’s office,” said Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. “With more than a decade of experience in journalism, Beth will be an outstanding resource for the State, providing much-needed informational services to West Virginians on the many important issues being handled by the Attorney General’s office.”

As Director of Communications, Ryan will oversee all media relations, public outreach and consumer education announcements on behalf of the Office of Attorney General.

Prior to her service as managing editor, Ms. Ryan served as the senior staff writer for The State Journal for five years, leading several investigations and in-depth projects, including one that culminated in an in-depth series looking at problems within West Virginia’s workers’ compensation system.

Before joining The State Journal, Ryan was the special projects reporter for The Herald-Dispatch in Huntington for three years. While there, Ryan was the lead reporter on two award-winning series, “West Virginia After Coal,” which was honored by the Pew Center for Civic Journalism, and “Home for Good,” which looked at the outmigration of young people from West Virginia and the impact it has on the state.