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The Morris W. H. (Bill) Collins Speaker Series

Photo of Bill Minor

October 30, 2003

Bill Minor was born in Hammond, Louisiana. He grew up in southeast Louisiana and graduated from Tulane University in 1943 with a degree in journalism. Following World War II, this naval combat veteran joined the staff of the Times-Picayune in New Orleans. In August 1947, he was assigned as the newspaper's Mississippi correspondent in Jackson, Mississippi.

Covering the civil rights era and a wide variety of other major news stories, Minor held this position for thirty years and ended only when the Times-Picayune closed the Mississippi office. He retired from the paper in 1976. Since his retirement he remains in Jackson and has launched a new career as a statewide political columnist, a position which he today still holds.

Bill Minor has followed Mississippi political and social life for more than fifty years. He has put himself in harm's way many times to witness firsthand and report in vivid and clear words the truth regardless of the consequences to himself (Douglas 3G). Minor still lives in Jackson, Mississippi, and writes many columns concerning major news stories and issues.

Minor has won many awards. In 1966 the Louis Lyons Award given by the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University was given to him for "conscience and integrity in journalism." In 1997 Minor became the first recipient of the John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism presented by the Annenberg School for Communications of Pennsylvania, and in 1991 he joined the Hall of Fame of the Mississippi Press Association.