Charlie Connor, over a 34-year span, was a reporter, a columnist and executive editor of the Charleston Daily Mail. He left Charleston in 1981 to become president and publisher of the Beckley Newspapers where he continued until when the publication was sold. Connor is among the founders of the Beckley Area Foundation, and he was named executive director in 1987. He is a 1990 recipient of the Spirit of Beckley Tribute, a two-time recipient of the Distinguished West Virginian Award, a National Highway Award recipient, a Community Service (in recreation) Award recipient and he received numerous West Virginia Press Association Awards. He served in World War II with the Army signal corps.