James Casto: From Columnist to Documentary Scriptwriter

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By: Dave Astor

Former newspaper columnist James Casto researched and wrote the script for “A Moving Monument,” a one-hour video documentary that traces the history of West Virginia’s state capitol building.

Casto was associate editor and a columnist for The Herald-Dispatch in Huntington, W.V. — retiring in 2004 after more than four decades with the paper. He has also written several books about Huntington and West Virginia, and is a member of Huntington’s “Wall of Fame.”

The documentary — which was produced by the MotionMasters film, video, and multimedia production company in Charleston, W.V. — made its debut last month on West Virginia Public Television. Copies are also being distributed to schools and libraries in the state, and offered for retail sale.

Casto told E&P that he proposed the documentary to MotionMasters. “The Capitol’s colorful story is one I’ve long wanted to tell,” he said of the building completed and dedicated in 1932. It was designed by renowned architect Cass Gilbert (1859-1934).

More information about the documentary can be found here.

Casto now works as associate director for public information at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing in Huntington.

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