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Billy Watson

Billy Watson, American publishing executive, newspaper.


  • Watson, Billy was born on September 7, 1938 in Pitts, Georgia, United States.

  • Education

    • Degree in Journalism, University Georgia, 1960. Postgraduate, Georgia State University.


    • With Cordele Dispatch, Wilcox County Chronicle, 1960-1961, Macon Telegraph, 1963, 67-78, bureau chief Atlanta, 1963-1967. Executive editor Telegraph and News, 1978-1983, general manager, 1983-1987. President, public Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, from 1987.

      Visiting instructor journalism Mercer University. Member journalism board University Georgia. President Georgia Associated Press, chairman News Council Associated Press.


    Founding chairman Columbus Literate Community Program, Inc. Past chairman Georgia Council Adult Literacy. Board directors UPtown Columbus, Columbus Technology Institute, Creek Indian Memorial Association With United States Army.

    Member Georgia Press Association (former president), University Georgia Journalism Alumni Association (former president), Columbus Rotary Club, Columbus Country Club, Chattahoochee River Club, Columbus Chamber of Chamber (board directors).



    Swimming, running, fishing, bluegrass music.


    • Married Helen Turk; children: Kevin, Kim Holland.
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    Born September 7, 1938
    • 1960
      University Georgia
    • 1960 - 1961
      With Cordele Dispatch
    • 1963
      With Cordele Dispatch
    • 1963 - 1967
      With Cordele Dispatch
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