Examining the mysterious world where politics and news media collide
An experienced journalist, Tony has served as a Visiting Professor of Journalism and Public Relations at Susquehanna University, a small town newspaper publisher, National Communications Director for a trade association in Washington, DC and Public Information Officer (PIO) for a major U.S. Army Command in the Republic of Vietnam.
As an expert on the news business, Hylton’s entertaining presentation examines how “Fake News” was added to our Nation’s political lexicon and discusses Freedom of the Press and what moved our founding fathers to make it part of our First Amendment rights. He examines the troubling demise of local newspaper and its negative impact on small communities across the country.
His political experience provides Tony with a behind-the-scenes view of the rough and tumble world of southern West Virginia politics in the historical 1960 Democrat Presidential Primary which vaulted John F. Kennedy into the White House. A native West Virginian, he has served in the West Virginia House of Delegates and was a candidate for the West Virginia State Senate.
Tony will also discuss his recently released novel – Enough –about a small town newspaper publisher who takes on a crooked political machine in a fictional southern West Virginia county. As a result of this principled brand of journalism two political kingpins set in motion a conspiracy that burns the paper to the ground and hatches a plot to murder the young publisher on a deserted country road.
His presentation is tailored to the needs of a specific audience and encourages audience participation and provides ample time for questions and discussion.
Hylton holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s in political science both from West Virginia University.
While Enough is fiction, Tony Hylton has been around journalism for more than 76 of his 77 years. He was less than a month old when printers’ ink was applied to his feet and the images made on newsprint as his sportswriter father held him.
His connection with this honorable profession has taken many forms – Editor/publisher of the Hinton (WV) Daily News (now Hinton News); visiting professor of journalism at Susquehanna University; public relations practitioner for a national trade association in Washington, DC and a steel company in northern West Virginia; communication director for AARP Virginia and Public Information officer for a major U.S. Army headquarters in the Republic of Vietnam. Enough features the interaction of journalism and the brand of rough and tumble politics found in southern West Virginia in 1960.
Tony is a proud graduate of West Virginia University (Bachelor of Science of Journalism, 1965 and Masters of Arts, Political Science, 1972). He is the father of one son, Chad, and daughter, Lee Slivka, and grandfather to three accomplished granddaughters – Morgan and Reilly Hylton, and Maggie Slivka.
Tony Hylton Former Newspaper Publisher turned author tells story of crusading small town publisher whose paper is burned to the ground after he exposes corrupt political machine.
To schedule a presentation call Tony directly at 304-989-0457 or send email to Hylton.firstname.lastname@example.org