The man who spent 34 years at the C-T and rose from sports editor to publisher is coming home, according to an announcement made today by Andrea Graves, general manager of the Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune and Linn County Leader (Brookfield-Marceline).
Graves made the announcement of Haney's return at a recent department head meeting.
"We are happy to have Chuck back on the team," Graves said. "He has been a part of this community for a long time and understands the important role of the Constitution-Tribune in Chillicothe."
Graves said that Haney will join the newspaper officially on Monday, Dec. 9, and will be responsible for writing a personal column for the daily newspaper and also for the Chillicothe C-T Shopper as well as doing editorial work along with sales, promotions and public relations for the newspaper.
Haney's first personal column under the familiar banner of "On The Street" will appear in next week's shopper and in the Wednesday, Dec. 11, newspaper on the Viewpoint page.
Haney told C-T News Editor Catherine Ripley that he was excited about returning to the C-T where he will join six current department heads or employees that he hired when serving as editor and publisher.
"It is a chance of a lifetime for me to return where my newspaper career started in 1964 and I am looking forward to working with a lot of longtime friends and, hopefully, retiring there," Haney said.
The move to the newspaper will allow Haney to continue to write his personal column and to have a hand in the business he truly loves. For the present time it will be a part-time job because of other work related responsibilities in radio and with the city.
Haney spent 15 years working in radio as a general manager, sales manager and sportscaster for KRLI, KAOL and KMZU in Marshall and Carrollton and presently is host on "Chatting With Chuck," a Wednesday morning radio show on KULH (The Wave), as well as hosting two sports shows (Sports Zone) on Monday evening and Friday evening. He also does news and sports reporting for KTTN/KGOZ in Trenton.
He will continue in his position as mayor of the city of Chillicothe where he is currently serving his fourth term, and seventh term, overall, in city government while handling his other work-related duties after hours on off time.
After leaving the newspaper in 1998 he continued to write his personal column and did sales work for his son's shopper (Ad Pages) and later joined his son and their former publisher, the late Doug Pearson, in starting a weekly newspaper and expanding the shopper. The Ad Pages (now Ad Zone East) was sold to Gallatin Publishing Company and Darryl and Liz Wilkinson in 2004. Haney continued to write his column, do sales and public relations work for the Wilkinson's. Haney resigned, effective Dec. 4, 2013.
In September of 2008, Haney was inducted into the Missouri Press Association Newspaper Hall of Fame in a ceremony at Columbia, Mo. He served as president of the Press Association in 1995 and currently serves on Missouri Press Foundation Board of Directors and Northwest Missouri Press Association.