Bill Minor remembered as “model” for journalists

Veteran journalist Bill Minor made his last deadline Tuesday — a date with death he has been dodging for decades.

“My God, what he saw in his lifetime is phenomenal,” said Hank Klibanoff, who detailed Minor’s deeds in his Pulitzer Prize-winning book with Gene Roberts, “The Race Beat.”

Known as “the conscience of Mississippi,” the 93-year-old Minor wound up outliving nearly all of his contemporaries as well as a number of the journalists he mentored. He died at 1:46 a.m. Tuesday.

The son of a newspaper linotype operator in Louisiana and a lifelong Democrat, Minor viewed himself as a champion for the little guy.

Clarion Ledger