Known as “Dude,” Wellman has been described as “that rare gentleman reporter with the remarkable ability to encourage people to open up and share their emotions.” Wellman spent 25 years as a reporter and editor for the Herald-Dispatch. He was known as a sports reporter, but he was equally at home interviewing election candidates, striking pickets or hopefuls in line for lottery tickets. He produced news stories, in-depth projects and special reports. Wellman finished his career at Marshall University as the Director of Communications. He wrote and contributed to several books about Marshall’s football program: The Marshall Story: College Football’s Greatest Comeback, Won for All and Rolling Thunder.