Touchstone Award: Fletcher Word

The 2021 Touchstone Awards are coming up on October 21. We’ll reveal the winners of our journalism awards that night, but we are happy to begin announcing the community winners now.

We are pleased to announce that we are honoring Fletcher Word with the Golden Touchstone for lifetime service to journalism and communications.

Due to public health recommendations related to indoor events, we have decided to move the Touchstone awards to a virtual format. They will be held on October 21, at 7 pm, and will be free for members and non-members alike. RSVP to for login instructions

Fletcher Word

Fletcher Word is the owner and publisher of The Sojourner’s Truth, a weekly newspaper that serves the northwest Ohio area and brings its readers information about the local, state and national African-American community.

The Truth has been publishing in Toledo for 20 years and has expanded its readership during that time to over 70,000.

In 2008 the newspaper opened The Truth Art Gallery in its offices in the downtown area. The 2,000 square-foot gallery features the works of local and African artists.

The father of two, Fletcher Word has been a resident of Ohio for more than 35 years.

Fletcher Word is a native of New York City and was reared in the Washington, D.C. area. He attended Harvard College graduating with a degree in government.

He currently serves on the boards of the Toledo Urban Federal Credit Union and the Center of Hope Family Services.

In addition to his duties with The Truth, Word is also a frequent contributor on local television shows as a political analyst.