Nebraska Authors

William H. Lawrence

AKA: "Bill"

"Bill Lawrence" was his broadcast name with ABC news.

Born 1916-01-29 Lincoln, NE (USA)

Died 1972-03-02

American newspaper and television journalist, Lawrence joined the Lincoln Star as a reporter in 1932 at the age of 17. In 1935 he moved to the Associated Press and soon thereafter to the United Press. His coverage of the 1936-1937 UAW strike against General Motors for UP led to him being offered a position in the Washington Bureau of the New York Times. He reported from Washington and was also a battlefront reporter in World War II and the Korean War. In 1961 he moved to ABC television news serving variously as a co-anchor, political editor and national affairs editor, capping a distinguished career as a political reporter. He died in New Hampshire in 1972 while covering the New Hampshire Presidential primary. Six Presidents, Too Many Wars, 1972, is his autobiography.

Author Of

  • Nonfiction
  • Journalism


Newspaper Journalism; Television Journalism; Current Affairs; U.S. Presidency; Wars


Six Presidents, Too Many Wars. 1972.

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