Harold R. “Punk” Pinckard

Class of 1929

Harold Pinckard began his journalism career at The Morning Press of Danville, Ill. while he was a student at the University of Illinois. In 1922 he joined the staff of The Huntington Advertiser and subsequently became editor of The Huntington Sunday Herald-Advertiser from its formation in 1927 until 1959, and editorial page editor of The Herald-Dispatch and The Huntington Advertiser from 1959 to 1972. For more than 30 years, Pinckard wrote a Sunday personal column, and he was a Pulitzer Prize candidate. He was an assistant journalism professor at Marshall University for 11 years, he was active in civic affairs and he was founder and first president of the Friends of the Cabell County Public Library in 1944.