William Bryant

William Bryant "Bill" Williams

The Paris Post-Intelligencer


  • Journalism, Murray State University


•Bill Williams of Paris, Tenn., is editor emeritus of The Paris Post-Intelligencer. He has been with the paper most of his life, having started in his youth as a newspaper carrier and working his way up to publisher in 1978, and continues to write its daily editorials.

•Williams is the third generation of a five-generation family that has published The Paris Post-Intelligencer for more than 85 years. In fact, 28 members of the Williams family have been involved in newspapers, journalism education or printing.

•During his high school years, he worked as a reporter after school, on Saturdays and during the summers. After graduating third in his high school class of 1952, Williams went on to graduate with honors as a journalism student at Murray State University.

•During his summers, Williams continued to be a reporter for The Post Intelligencer. Throughout his college years, Williams was also a member of the college newspaper staff and was named the outstanding journalism student during his senior year.

•After graduating from college, he was a reporter for the Memphis Press-Scimitar for a brief period, then for the Tullahoma News for three years before he returned to Paris in 1960 to become the Post-Intelligencer's news editor. •Under his guidance the paper has won numerous awards and honors.

Inducted: 2013 | TN Journalism Hall of Fame