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by Jordan Green

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BILL SNIDER: A JOURNALISTIC LEGACY

This week we say goodbye to Bill Snider, the former Greensboro Record and Daily News editor and editorial page editor, who died at the age of 91 on Jan. 28. We didn’t know Snider, who retired from writing a regular column for the News & Record in 2005, but as is true of another luminary that we recently lost, Hal Sieber, we know the world he shaped and left behind.

Snider’s protégé, Editorial Editor Allen Johnson sums up Snider’s legacy in a thoughtful blog post:

“Bill’s tough, defiant Greensboro Daily News editorials during the civil rights era earned him a burning cross in his yard and a brick through his front window. He hired very, very good people, including Ed Yoder, Jonathan Yardley, John Alexander and editorial cartoonist Hugh Haynie.”

Johnson calls his mentor “a consummate scholar and journalist,” but also something more — someone whose professional striving didn’t get in the way of being “generous with his time and his advice.”

Sometimes that’s the best contribution of all.

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