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Bill Cox

Bill Cox

2021

Only 30 when named Courier-Journal city editor in 1979, he sent a reporter and photographer to Cambodia, where they won a Pulitzer Prize for covering a Kentucky doctor helping refugees, then directed reporting that exposed dangerous doctors and nursing homes, triggering tougher state laws. Earlier, he was the paper's point person in helping pass Kentucky's first open-meetings and open-records laws. Two years after becoming managing editor of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, and revitalizing the paper, he announced that he was resigning because he had AIDS. "I have spent my career trying to shed light in dark corners" he wrote. "Aids is surely one of our darkest corners. It can use some light." He died in 1988. Known for his mischievous humor, sometimes directed at supervisors, he was a native of Owensboro and a graduate of the University of Missouri.