Bill Monroe (journalist)

William Blanc "Bill" Monroe Jr. (July 17, 1920 – February 17, 2011)[1] was an American television journalist for NBC News. He was the executive producer[2] and fourth moderator of the NBC public affairs program Meet the Press (1975–84), succeeding Lawrence E. Spivak, the program's co-founder and third moderator.[3]

Bill Monroe
William Blanc Monroe Jr.

July 17, 1920
DiedFebruary 17, 2011 (aged 90)
OccupationTV journalist

Life and career

Monroe was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and graduated from Tulane University there in 1942.[4] During World War II, Monroe served in the United States Army Air Forces in Europe. Early in his career, Monroe served as the first news director for WDSU-TV, an NBC affiliate, in his hometown of New Orleans.[5] In 1959, Monroe’s team at WDSU-TV won a George Foster Peabody Award. His news reporting on NBC's Today show, won a Peabody in 1973. He was also a prominent figure in arguing for greater press access to courtrooms and legislative chambers. For some years prior to his assuming the moderator's chair, Monroe served as one of four regular weekly panelists on Meet the Press. He also served as Washington bureau chief for NBC and frequently reported for The Today Show, for which he won a Peabody in 1973. Monroe retired from NBC in 1986, but subsequently held several other jobs including ombudsman for the "Stars and Stripes", the media platform serving the U.S. military overseas.

Monroe was injured in a fall during December 2010 and spent the last three months of his life in a Maryland nursing home. His family stated that he died of complications from high blood pressure.



  1. ^ Pioneering WDSU newsman, "Meet the Press" moderator Bill Monroe dies Archived February 21, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Bill Monroe interview at Archive of American Television – June 13, 2005
  3. ^ NATPE
  4. ^ Martin, Douglas (February 18, 2011). "Bill Monroe, 'Meet the Press' Host, Dies at 90". The New York Times. p. B15.
  5. ^ "Times-Picayune: How Gifford got the job". Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-01-08.
  6. ^ "Paul White Award". Radio Television Digital News Association. Retrieved 2014-05-27.
Preceded by
Lawrence E. Spivak
Meet the Press Moderator
November 16, 1975 – September 9, 1984
Succeeded by
Roger Mudd and Marvin Kalb
William Monroe

William or Bill Monroe may refer to:

Bill Monroe (1911–1996), American bluegrass musician

Bill Monroe (baseball) (c. 1877–1915), Negro Leagues baseball player

Bill Monroe (journalist) (1920–2011), American journalist and NBC News correspondent

William Norton Monroe (fl. 1879–1881), founder of Monrovia, California

William Monroe, for whom William Monroe High School in Virginia was named in 1925

William T. Monroe, United States Ambassador to Bahrain in 2004–2007

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