William A. Hilliard

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William A. Hilliard
Born(1927-05-28)May 28, 1927
DiedJanuary 16, 2017(2017-01-16) (aged 89)
Alma materBenson Polytechnic High School
Portland State University
University of Oregon
Pacific University
OccupationEditor, writer, journalist

William A. Hilliard (May 28, 1927 – January 16, 2017) was an American journalist. He was editor of The Oregonian, the major daily newspaper in Portland, Oregon, from 1987 to 1994 and was that newspaper's first African-American editor. He was also president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors in 1993–94.

Early life[change | change source]

Hilliard was born in Chicago, Illinois. He studied at Benson Polytechnic High School, at Portland State University, at University of Oregon and at Pacific University.

Career[change | change source]

Hilliard worked at The Oregonian from 1952 to 1994, starting as a copy boy, and then rising to clerk, sports reporter, religion and general assignment reporter, and in 1965 assistant city editor. In 1971, he became city editor, and in 1982 was named executive editor.

Hilliard served as president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) in 1993–94. He remained editor of The Oregonian until retiring in 1994, although during the last year of his tenure with the paper he gave his designated successor, executive editor Sandra M. Rowe, effective control of the editor's duties and focused his attention on ASNE duties.

In 1998, Hilliard was given the Oregon Newspaper Hall of Fame Award by the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association.[1]

Death[change | change source]

Hilliard died on January 16, 2017 in Portland, Oregon at the age of 89.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Oregon Newspaper Hall of Fame". Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association. Retrieved July 17, 2016.
  2. William Hilliard, former Oregonian editor, dies at 89

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