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Wilson F. (Bill) Minor

Bill Minor, a native of Hammond, Louisiana, is a Tulane University journalism graduate and World War II Navy combat veteran. He has covered Mississippi politics since 1947 as a reporter and syndicated columnist. He was the Mississippi correspondent for the Times-Picayune for thirty years. Minor received the Louis Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University. In 1997 he was the first recipient of the John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism from the Annenberg School for Communications, and in 1991 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Mississippi Press Association. His book, Eyes on Mississippi: A Fifty-Year Chronicle of Change, was published by J. Pritchard Morris Books in 2001. Minor lives in Jackson, Mississippi, where he continues to write a weekly column for several Mississippi newspapers.

Ten Things I Can’t Do Without

  1. My loving wife of 68 years
  2. Eight O’Clock dark roast coffee beans – fine ground & slow dripped in a porcelain pot
  3. The New York Times daily
  4. National Public Broadcasting
  5. Mississippi Public Radio
  6. Oatmeal for breakfast two days a week
  7. At least eight hours sleep
  8. Turning out a weekly column after developing an idea earlier in the week
  9. The telephone (yes, Alexander Graham Bell lives)
  10. Disagreeing with commentators on cable “news” networks.


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