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Public relations executive

Martha Wessells Steger, American public relations executive. Accredited public relations professional. Recipient 1st place award in editing and public relations National Federation Press Women, 1985, 90, 92, 93, 95, Media award Richmond chapter American Society Interior Designers, 1981, 1st place speechwriting Central Virginia, International Association Business Communicators, 1995.


Steger, Martha Wessells was born on October 21, 1943 in Nassawadox, Virginia, United States. Daughter of Wilson Henry and Margaret Hylda (Hart) Wessells.


Bachelor of Arts in English cum laude, College of William and Mary, 1966.


Teacher high school English Williamsburg (Virginia)-James City County Schools, 1966-1969. Freelance writer Richmond, Virginia, 1976-1978. Staff writer, associate editor Virginia Life Style Magazine, 1978-1979.

Senior editor Richmond Life Style Magazine, 1979-1982. Communications manager Virginia Division Tourism, Richmond, 1982-1984, director public relations, 1984-1993, 95-96, Virginia Department Economic Development, Richmond, 1993-1995, director promotion and media development, since 1995.


  • Accredited public relations professional.


Vestry member St. Barnabas' Episcopal Church, Chesterfield County, 1985-1988, 90-93, trustee, 1985-1995. Member Public Relations Society of America (board directors Old Dominion chapter 1991-1993), Society of America Travel Writers (associate since 1994, secretary Atlantic Caribbean chapter), Travel Industry Association American (press and public relations committee since 1994), Society Professional Journalists (board directors 1983-1984, 95-96, treasurer since 1996, secretary 1994-1995), National League American Pen Women (vice president Richmond branch 1978-1980, president Richmond branch 1980-1982, 1st place award in writing and public relations 1978, 80, 82), Virginia Press Women, Inc. (board directors 1986-1996, newsletter editor and Second vice president 1990-1992, president 1992-1994, 1st place awards in writing/editing and public relations 1980, 81, 84, 85, 86, 87, 90, 92, 93, 94).


  • Other Interests

    Hiking, bird-watching, piano, writing, roller-skating.


Married John Thomas Steger, July 9, 1966. Children: Michael Hart, Kathryn Annual.

Wilson Henry Wessells

Margaret Hylda (Hart) Wessells

John Thomas Steger

Michael Hart Steger

Kathryn Annual Steger