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Wilbert W. (Bill) Anderson

Meritorious ∙ Beaver

 

 

 

 

Bill Anderson was not the first newspaper sportswriter in Beaver County, but he was the first to develop the duties of sports editor on a full time basis. Unfortunately, ill health made it impossible for Bill to attend the banquet when he was inducted into the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame. Bill joined The Daily Times, a predecessor of The Beaver County Times, in 1925 and served as sportswriter from 1926 to 1954. During his 28 year tenure, he broadened the scope of the sports department and produced daily sports pages that covered local, regional, and national news of a variety of sporting events. For many years, his regular “Sports Slants” column was one of the most widely read features in the Times. Bill also served as a court reporter and a municipal news writer for the Times during most of his 45 year newspaper career. He continued these duties until his retirement in 1970. Bill's versatility as a newspaper writer was evidenced by the fact that in 1959 he won first place for court reporting in the annual statewide competition of the Pennsylvania Association of Newspaper Editors.