About the Blogger: Lee Chottiner 

Lee Chottiner is an award-winning professional journalist who makes his home in Wheeling. A graduate of the American University in Washington, D.C.,  and Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Lee is a 30-year veteran of newspapers, including eight years at the Dominion Post in Morgantown. There, Lee covered the West Virginia Legislature, municipal government, state and federal courts, higher education and environmental affairs.

For the past 13 years, Lee was the executive editor of The Jewish Chronicle, a Pittsburgh-based publication that covered Jewish-related news in western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and around the world.

                                                            Photo by Rebecca Kiger

                                                            Photo by Rebecca Kiger

Lee has won numerous writing awards including three from the West Virginia Press Association for municipal coverage, investigative reporting and enterprise writing. The Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers' Association, the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, The Alliance for the Mentally Ill and the American Jewish Press Association have also honored him. 

Also a creative writer, Lee's poetry has appeared in several publications, and he has just finished editing an anthology of poetry, essays, art and photography for Classrooms Without Borders, an organization that sends students and teachers to Europe to study the Holocaust and its impact on tolerance and reconciliation.

Lee lives in Woodsdale with his wife, Rabbi Beth Jacowitz Chottiner, their daughter, Noa, and their basset hound, Guthrie.