WINSTON-SALEM — Bill McIlwain Jr., a member of the N.C. Journalism Hall of Fame whose career spanned four decades, has died. He was 88.
Bill McIlwain III said his father died Friday in Winston-Salem after several years of declining health.
The elder McIlwain was editor-in-chief at Newsday, leaving in 1970 and returning in 1982 to lead the newspaper’s expansion into New York. In the interim, he was a writer-in-residence at Wake Forest University and authored a best-seller.
McIlwain worked at the Toronto Star, the Washington Star, the Arkansas Gazette and in Boston, Sarasota, Florida, and Hackensack, New Jersey, before returning to Newsday. He also worked for The Charlotte Observer, the Twin City Sentinel in Winston-Salem, the StarNews of Wilmington and the Richmond (Virginia) Times-Dispatch.
Memorial services are scheduled for Winston-Salem and Wilmington.