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Mississippi journalism legend dies at 93

Bill Minor, a Mississippi journalist who dedicated 70 years of his life to covering the happenings of the state, has died at the age of 93.

Minor began writing in 1947.

Native to Hammond, Louisiana, Minor earned his journalism degree from Tulane University in 1943.

He served in combat service in the Pacific Theater during WWII. After that, Minor began working with The Times Picayune in New Orleans in 1947. His big assignment: cover Mississippi news. He did so, from Jackson, for 30 years.

Bill Minor, photo courtesy University of Southern Mississippi

Minor was award-winning, being recognized for “conscience and integrity” with the Louis Lyons Award, which is presented by the Neiman Fellows at Harvard University. Minor was the first recipient of the John Chancellor Award for excellence in journalism, presented by the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Pennsylvania.

In 1991, he was inducted into the Mississippi Press Association Hall of Fame, and the University of Southern Mississippi Mass Communication and Journalism Hall of Fame in 2007.

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