MORGANTOWN -– Marion County Court Reporter Terri R. Cheslock received the Court Reporter of the Year award this week from her peers at the West Virginia Official Court Reporters Association Conference at Lakeview Resort in Morgantown.
Cheslock, 51, of Fairmont, has worked as a court reporter for 30 years, since August 1982. She was recruited by Senior Status Judge Fred Fox, II, while she was still in school and worked for him until his retirement in November 2010. She now works for Sixteenth Judicial Circuit (Marion County) Judge Michael John Aloi.
Aloi said that as a relatively new judge, it is a comfort to have someone at his side in the courtroom with so much experience. She is an invaluable resource, he said.
“She does so much more than just take down information in the courtroom,” he said. “I consider myself blessed.”
Cheslock said she enjoys being a court reporter. “I like that it’s something different every day.” She finds criminal cases generally more interesting than civil cases, but adoptions are the best.
“I always love doing adoptions. That’s the only work we do that everybody leaves happy,” she said.
Cheslock also was elected President of the West Virginia Court Reporters Association this week. She is a past vice-president and secretary of the organization.
She is a certified court reporter in West Virginia, a member of the National Verbatim Court Reporters Association, and she has been a nationally certified CVR (certified verbatim reporter) since 1996.