Thursday, June 8, 2023

Bill Minor, Legendary Mississippi Journalist, Passes Away At 93


Bill Minor                             Courtesy USM School of Communications

Legendary Journalist Bill Minor passed away early Tuesday morning the age of 93. Minor was often referred to as the “conscience of Mississippi” for his coverage of numerous events in the state’s history.

From exposing a secret police agency to the trial of Emmett Till’s killers, James Meredith’s admission into the University of Mississippi and so much more, Minor has been a staple in the journalism community in Mississippi since 1947. In 1997 he was honored with the John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism. 
Despite being a Louisiana native, Minor began covering the state of Mississippi in 1947 for the Times-Picayune newspaper of New Orleans. After the paper shut down in 1976, Minor decided to remain in the Magnolia state despite interest from the LA Times. He went on to write a syndicated column for the Clarion-Ledger for years to come, covering civil rights issues among many other subjects. In 2015 he was honored by the Mississippi Legislature for his contributions to the state. 
His fight turned from the stories he covered to his battle recovering from heart surgery. During his recovery, Minor was diagnosed with pneumonia, which he was unable to overcome.

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