After seven years in the newspaper business, Bill Chaddock moved into public relations practice with Columbia Gas. At The Wheeling News-Register, Chaddock worked as a reporter, assistant city editor and sports editor. In the Columbia Gas organization, he was the news department manager, director of public information for Columbia Gas of Ohio, and in 1978 became vice president for communications of the Columbia Gas Transmission Corporation. With Columbia Gas Systems Service Corporation, Chaddock assumed duties of the vice president of corporate communications in 1990 and in 1992 was named senior vice president and director. He is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America and past president of two PRSA chapters. He was recognized as Practitioner of the Year in 1984 by the West Virginia chapter of PRSA, and Public Relations Professional of the Year in 1981 by West Virginia University.