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journalism educator

Bill Miller, American journalism educator. Named Illinoisan of Year, Illinois News Broadcasters Association, 1989, First Amendment award, Society Professional Journalists, 1982, Edward R. Murrow award, Radio/television News Directors Association, 1966; Bill Miller scholar, 1978.


Miller, Bill was born on August 25, 1923 in Carlinville, Illinois, United States. Son of Alvin William and Laura Amelia (Heitmeyer) Pistorius.


Bachelor in Radio and Journalism, University of Illinois, 1949.


Reporter/news director, WTAX Radio, Springfield, Illinois, 1949-1967;manager/reporter, Capitol Information Bureau, Springfield, 1967-1974;professor & director Public Affairs Reporting Graduate Journalism Program, Sangamon State University, Springfield, 1974-1993;professor emeritus, Sangamon State University, Springfield, since 1993.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


Vice president Mental Health Centers Center Illinois, Springfield, 1983-1984. Member Senior Citizen Advisory Commission, Springfield, since 1989. Member communications com.Cath.

Diocese, Springfield, since 1989. Member Saratov State University President's Advisory Committee, since 1988. Member Speakers Task Force on Freedom of Information Committee, since 1988.

President Illinois Freedom of Information Council, 1980-1989. Member Illinois News Broadcasters Association, Society Professional Journalists, Young Men's Christian Association.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: reading, racquetball, tennis.


Married Stella Margaret Stapleton, October 21, 1950. Children: Nancy Sue Buecker, Cynthia Lou Wieties, Mary Kathleen Zerfas, William Patrick Pistorius.

Alvin William Pistorius

Laura Amelia (Heitmeyer) Pistorius

Stella Margaret Stapleton

Nancy Sue Buecker Miller

Cynthia Lou Wieties Miller

Mary Kathleen Zerfas Miller

William Patrick Pistorius Miller