Reporter, editor, publisher, newspaper owner, communicator and mentor. All of these words — and more — sum up Stadelman’s career. Stadelman was one of Marshall’s Yeager scholars who launched his career working at the Charleston Gazette where he rose to Managing Editor. He left the Charleston Newspapers to become editor and publisher of the Parsons Advocate in Tucker County. He left the Advocate to take on communications director of Earl Ray Tomblin’s gubernatorial campaign.
Stadelman moved to vice president public relations of the Manahan Group following the successful campaign when the small public relations firm he and his wife had purchased in Elkins merged with the Manahan Group. He launched Stadelman Consulting shortly after leaving the Manahan Group and hired on as Governor Tomblin’s communications director in 2014. He assumed the chief of staff role in 2016. When Tomblin’s term expired in 2017, Stadelman focused on his research and public affairs agency.
Governor Tomblin named Stadelman a Distinguished West Virginian and Brigadier Major General James Hoyer recognized him as an Honorary Mountaineer. A former board member of West Virginia Press Association, Stadelman was a key contributor the WVPA Newspaper Ownership Initiative and the West Virginia Press Insight video program.
Stadelman passed away at age 48 following a battle with cancer, his second bout having survived Hodgkin Disease as a young man. The Stadelman Family Scholarship for the Society of Yeager Scholars was endowed in his honor.