Robert H. Wills
Stressing aggressive news coverage, Bob Wills developed the Milwaukee Sentinel as the leading local newspaper in the city in the 1960’s. He started his career in Milwaukee as a reporter in 1951, but spent most of his career as editor of the Sentinel from 1962 to 1991. Bob later became President and Vice Chairman of Journal Sentinel Inc. and Publisher of the Milwaukee Journal.
He retired in 1993, having served the Milwaukee newspaper scene for 42 years. His efforts with the Milwaukee newspapers were instrumental in building and maintaining their impact on the state of Wisconsin.
Bob served as national president of the Society of Professional Journalists, Freedom of Information Council, Wisconsin Newspaper Association and Wisconsin Associated Press. A winner of the WNA Distinguished Service Award, he has helped choose Pulitzer Prize winners over the years. He also has served on the Media-Law Relations Committee of the Wisconsin Bar.
Bob has always been a champion in promoting freedom of the press. He was a founder of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, serving as its president from 1979 to 1986.