10710887_1514670088778602_7160572151066198120_nBorn in Barron, Wisconsin, on September 11, 1931, Bill Stokes grew up on a small dairy farm between Barron and Rice Lake. He began his official writing career as an outdoor writer and general reporter for the Stevens Point Daily Journal, where he served as columnist, reporter and outdoor writer. In 1961 he moved to the Wisconsin State Journal, in Madison, where he wrote outdoor and personal columns, some of which were collected in a book “Ship The Kids On Ahead.” (added by Bill Stokes). In 1969, the Milwaukee Journal became his venue and as a feature writer and columnist, and he found new ground to cover in 1982 at the Chicago Tribune. After 11 years there, Bill retired to pursue free-lance projects.

During his long journalism career, Bill won many conservation awards, including the Ernie Pyle Memorial Award from Scripps-Howard News Service in 1972. His work has appeared in many national publications, among them Readers Digest, Outdoor Life and Sports Afield. He has compiled three anthologies of his newspaper writing and authored two children’s books.

1972 Human Interest Writing Ernie Pyle Award
Distinguished Service to Journalism Award 1983

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  1. Hi Bill,

    USA TODAY 10Best is getting ready to launch a Readers’ Choice contest for Best Attraction in Wisconsin, and we’re looking for experts to help us select our nominees. As a travel writer in the state, I was hoping you might be interested in weighing in as an expert.

    This should only take a couple minutes of your time, Basically, serving as an expert involves creating a list of up to 20 choices for what you’d consider the state’s top attractions (can be a combination of iconic and under-the-radar – example here), as well as provide a short bio and head shot. I’ll compile these with lists from other panel members to select the final 20 nominees for the contest page. The photo and bio would appear on the page with a link back to your site and social accounts. Our readers will then have four weeks to vote on their favorites before we publish a top 10.

    To make our publication date, I’d need your nominee lists (ideally) by Tuesday, July 18. Please let me know whether you’d be interested in working with us, and either way, I look forward to hearing from you.


    Lydia Schrandt
    Contractor, Sr. Photo Editor/Readers’ Choice Production Manager, 10Best