William Woo - 2009

William Woo was the first person to serve as editor of the Post-Dispatch who was not a Pulitzer family member. He was also the first Asian-American to edit a major U.S. paper. His 34-year tenure at the paper was highlighted by his highly personal Sunday column, “A Reflection,” in which he wrote about his family and watching his children grow. It was during a strike that shut down the Post that Bill Woo became editor of St. Louis Today, a strike paper. After leaving the Post in 1996, Woo made his mark as a mentor and journalism professor to hundreds of students in the Stanford University Graduate Journalism Program. He was also visiting professor of journalism at the University of Hong Kong and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard.