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William Franklin Mc Ilwain, American newspaper editor, writer. Named to North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame. Member President Johnson's Commission on Civil Rights; advisory board Pulitzer Prize, 1982. With United States Marine Corps, 1944. Member American Society Newspaper Editors, Society Nieman Fellows.


Ilwain, William Franklin Mc was born on December 15, 1925 in Lancaster, South Carolina, United States. Son of William Franklin and Docia (Higgins) McIlwain.


Bachelor of Arts, Wake Forest College, 1949;postgraduate, Harvard, 1957-1958.


Various positions with, Wilmington (North Carolina) Star, 1943;Various positions with, Charlotte (North Carolina) Observer, 1945;Various positions with, Jacksonville (Florida) Journal, 1945;Various positions with, Winston-Salem (North Carolina) Journal-Sentinel, 1949-1952;Various positions with, Richmond (Virginia) Times-Dispatch, 1952-1954;chief copy editor, Newsday, Garden City, New York, 1954-1957;day news editor, Newsday, 1957-1960;city editor, Newsday, 1960-1964;managing editor, Newsday, 1964-1966;editor, Newsday, 1967-1970;writer-in-residence, Wake Forest U., 1970-1971;dorm leader, Alcoholic Rehabilitation Center, Butner, North Carolina, 1971;deputy managing editor, Toronto Star, 1971-1973;managing editor, The Record, Hackensack, New Jersey, 1973-1977;editor, Boston Herald American, 1977-1979;deputy editor, Washington Star, 1979-1981;executive managing editor, Washington Star, 1981;editor, Arkansas Gazette, 1981-1982;founding editor, New York Newsday, 1982-1984;executive editor, Sarasota (Florida) Herald-Tribune, 1984-1990;senior editor, New York Times Regional Newspaper Group, 1991-1992;chairman, Bill Mc Ilwain, Inc., since 1993. Stone Ridge lecturer, 1978.


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    • Author: The Glass Rooster, 1960, (with Walter Friedenberg) Legends of Baptist Hollow, 1949. Collaborator: (with Newsday staff) Naked Came The Stranger, 1969, A Farewell to Alcohol, 1973, Dancing Naked with the Rolling Stones, 2007. Contributor articles to popular magazines including Reader's Digest, Harper's, Esquire, Atlantic Monthly.

      Editor North Carolina Writer's Workshop.


Member President Johnson's Commission on Civil Rights. Advisory board Pulitzer Prize, 1982. With United States Marine Corps, 1944.

Member American Society Newspaper Editors, Society Nieman Fellows.


Married Anne Dalton, November 28, 1952 (divorced 1973). Children: Dalton, Nancy, William Franklin III. Married K. L. Brelsford, June 5, 1978 (divorced 1983).

William Franklin McIlwain

Docia (Higgins) McIlwain

Anne Dalton

K. L. Brelsford

Dalton Ilwain

Nancy Ilwain

William Franklin III Ilwain