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Bill Barth
Bill Barth was born in Paris (Illinois, that is.). His farm family’s ties to the land date to pioneer days, in the early 1800s.
   
He is a Journalism graduate of Southern Illinois University. Post-graduation, he worked at Business Perspectives, a scholarly publication of the SIU Business and Economics departments. His first newspaper job was as a reporter with Howard Publications, publishers of the Charleston Times-Courier and Mattoon Journal Gazette in downstate Illinois. He has served as city editor, managing editor and, now, editor of the Beloit (Wis.) Daily News.

Bill’s work has been recognized by the Illinois Press Association; Inland Daily Press Association; Associated Press Managing Editors Association; Wisconsin Newspaper Association; and the National Newspaper Association. Awards include regional and national citations for investigative reporting, editorial writing and column writing. He is a past president of the Wisconsin Associated Press; a member of the Wisconsin AP Executive Board; and a longtime member of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association’s Legislative Affairs Committee.

Bill and the love of his life, Stephanie Klett, are the parents of a three-year old miniature schnauzer named Scruffy. Bill’s other kids are Traci, a financial consultant in Florida; Kyle, a business owner in the Chicago area; and John, a college student and part-time volunteer firefighter. Stephanie, the 1992 Miss Wisconsin, hosts “Discover Wisconsin” television and radio programs in the Midwest, and on the national Travel Channel.
   
 
wrbarth@gmail.com
Recent columns by Bill Barth
Cut this Editor and he bleeds ink!
America used to make things - now Americans make deals!
Watch your *#&$+&@* language!
An old argument renewed
A little warranty work, please
Too many naked kids
Dead? We should be so lucky
Where freedom still lives
A few words from the grouch
Just give it to me straight, dammit
Keep the pessimism in check
Life can be taxing
One reason elections matter
The faces of the future
Something to chew on
Find your own way to roar
What's next? Failure-to-floss tax?
Who'ya gonna call?
Pull over or shut up
Loonie Lefties and Raving Righties
The 'mute' button ... God's gift
So what's wrong with gray
Them's fightin' words
They don't like what they see
Punish conduct, not thought
Emotion. The enemy of reason
What's so scary about tea partiers?
Celebrate being alive
Yes. Be careful
Lessons to learn from conflict
No longer needed?
Why Americans are angry
Dispatch from Blizzardville
Wisconsin wakes 'em up
A long and bloody decade
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Race to ratings blinds judgment
Trend lines in wrong direction
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