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Longtime owner and publisher of Citizen newspapers dies

Longtime owner and publisher of Citizen newspapers dies

Statement from Dennis DeRossett, President and CEO of the Illinois Press Association:

“The Illinois Press Association, on behalf of its 480 member newspapers, is deeply saddened by the loss of one or our long-time leaders and industry giants, William Darrell Garth Sr. We join his family and his community in honoring the memory and legacy of a great father, friend and colleague.

Bill was truly a leader and trailblazer in our industry. In 1996 Bill became Chairman of the IPA’s board of directors, the first African-American chairman of any statewide press association in the country. Bill also contributed greatly to the National Newspaper Publishers Association and the Midwest Black Publishers Association.

His dedication to the communities served by his newspapers is an example for all community newspapers to follow. He was also a founding member of the Chatham Business Association and played an essential role in recent revitalization efforts in Chatham. Additionally, Bill founded the Quentis Bernard Garth Scholarship Foundation, which provides scholarships to disenfranchised, college-bound youths in the Chicagoland area. To date, the QBG foundation has provided more than $1 million in scholarships since its inception in 1992.

Bill’s intrepid approach to newspapering and commitment to his community, combined with his warmth, humor and citizenship made him one of our industry’s finest ambassadors. Throughout his memorable career, Garth’s commitment to journalism and editorial independence never wavered. His presence in our industry will be sorely missed, but his impact on each and every one us of will remain forever.

Our thoughts are with Bill’s entire family, especially his son Darrell and daughter-in-law Janice during this difficult time. We all will greatly miss our dear friend, William Darrell Garth Sr. – a legend in our industry and a hero to generations of Chicagoans.”

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