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Adam Wagnalls -- b.9/24/1843 d.9/3/1924 (80)
Misc: with Isaac Funk, founded Funk & Wagnalls in 1890

Lee Wagner -- b.7/31/1910 d.9/7/1993 (83)
Misc: TV Guide founder

John Wain -- b.3/14/1925 d.5/24/1994 (69)
Novelist, Poet, Critic, Anthologist, Editor

Dan Wakefield -- b.5/21/1932
Writer, Novelist, Screenwriter, Journalist
Book Titles: Going All the Way, Starting Over, New York in the Fifties

Bree Walker -- b.2/26/1953

Danton Walker -- b.7/26/1899 d.8/8/1960 (61)
Misc: of Broadway

Patric Walker -- b.9/25/1931 d.10/8/1995 (64)
Astrologer, Columnist

Chris Wallace -- b.10/12/1947
Newscaster, Correspondent, Journalist
Names/Places: Mike's son
Misc: Washington political beat
TV Shows: Today Show (1982), NBC News, Meet the Press moderator (1987-88), Fox News Sunday

DeWitt Wallace -- b.11/12/1889 d.3/30/1981 (91)
Publisher, Philanthropist
Misc: Founded Readers Digest with Lila Bell

Ed Wallace -- b.8/9/1906 presumed deceased

Edgar Wallace -- b.4/1/1875 d.2/10/1932 (56)
Writer, Novelist, Dramatist/Playwright, Journalist, English
Misc: he was a human book factory who wrote 10,000 words a day, authoring 173 books, 23 plays, hundreds of articles, and the screen play for "King Kong"

Jane Wallace -- b.??/??/1955
TV Shows: West 57th, Equal Time (CNBC), Under Scrunity (fX)

Lila Bell Acheson Wallace -- b.12/25/1889 d.5/8/1984 (94)
Publisher, Editor, Philanthropist, Canadian
Misc: Founded Readers Digest with hubby Dewitt

Mike (Newscaster) Wallace -- b.5/9/1918 N.S. d.4/7/2012 N.S. (93)
Jewish, Newscaster, Correspondent, Journalist, Commentator, Actor, Game Show Host
Names/Places: b. in Brookline, Ma.; RFMN:Myron Leon
Misc: radio narrator of The Green Hornet & The Lone Ranger
TV Shows: 60 Minutes

Horace Walpole -- b.9/24/1717 d.3/2/1797 (79)
Architect, Author, Novelist, Historian, Statesman, English
Names/Places: NN:4th Earl of Oxford
Misc: gothic romance

Mika Waltari -- b.9/19/1908 d.8/26/1979 (70)
Novelist, Critic, Editor, Finnish
Group Names: The Egyptian

Barbara Walters -- b.9/25/1928
Jewish, Newscaster, Journalist, Commentator, TV Talk Show Hostess
Names/Places: b. in Boston
Misc: the first Network news anchor woman; occasional TV interview shows; Gilda Radner parodied her into Baba Wawa on Saturday Night Live many times
TV Shows: Today Show (1960-70s), ABC News, 20/20 (cohost)

Izaak Walton -- b.8/9/1593 J-LD d.12/15/1683 J-LD (90)
Biographer, English
Book Titles: The Compleat Angler

Arch Ward -- b.12/27/1896 N.S. d.7/9/1955 N.S. (58)
Editor, Sports Writer
Misc: Chicago Tribune sports editor

Artemus Ward -- b.4/26/1834 d.3/6/1867 (32)
Author, Lecturer, Humorist, Journalist
Names/Places: RN:Charles Farrar Browne
Misc: he was one of the most popular 19th-century American humorists, whose lecture techniques exercised much influence on such humorists as Mark Twain.

Barbara Ward -- b.5/23/1914 d.5/31/1981 (67)
Writer, Economist
Book Titles: Only One Earth

Peter Warlock -- b.10/30/1894 d.12/17/1930 (36)
Critic, Editor, Composer, English

Charles Dudley Warner -- b.9/12/1829 d.10/20/1900 (71)
Writer, Publisher, Editor
Misc: Newspaperman; made a statement "Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it."

Sylvia Warner -- b.12/6/1893 d.5/1/1978 (84)
Novelist, Poet, Biographer, English

Gerald Warren -- b.8/17/1930 N.S. d.3/20/2015 N.S. (84)
Journalist, Editor, Presidential Aide
Misc: assistant press secretary for Nixon & Ford

Robert Penn "Red" Warren -- b.4/24/1905 N.S. d.9/15/1989 N.S. (84)
Novelist, Essayist, Poet, Critic, Publisher, Educator, Actor
Names/Places: b. in Guthrie, KY
Misc: the first U.S. poet laureate '86, All the King's Men & his poetry won 3 Pulitzer Prizes
Book Titles: All The King's Men

Nathan Wartels -- b.1/19/1902 d.2/7/1990 (88)
Publisher, Founder
Misc: Crown Publishers founder

Thomas Warton -- b.1/9/1728 d.5/21/1790 (62)
Poet, Historian, English

W. W. Waymack -- b.10/18/1888 d.11/5/1960 (72)

Beatrice Porter Webb -- b.1/21/1858 N.S. d.4/30/1943 N.S. (85)
Scientist, Sociologist, Economist, English

Marc Webb -- b.8/31/1974 N.S.
Editor, Producer/Director
TV Shows: Limitless, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Movie Titles: The Amazing Spider-Man (series), 500 Days of Summer

Sidney J. Webb -- b.7/13/1859 d.10/13/1947 (88)

Walter P. Webb -- b.4/3/1888 d.3/8/1963 (74)

Noah Webster -- b.10/16/1758 d.5/28/1843 (84)
Author, Lexicographer, Journalist, Politician, Teacher
Book Titles: American Dictionary of the English Language (compiler)

C. V. Wedgwood -- b.7/20/1910 d.3/9/1997 (86)
Historian, English
Names/Places: RFMN:Ciceley Veronica
Book Titles: William the Silent

Weegee -- b.6/12/1899 d.12/26/1968 (69)
Photographer, Photojournalist

Alfred L. Wegener -- b.11/1/1880 d.11/??/1930 (50)
Scientist, Geophysicist, Meterologist, German
Misc: formulated the first complete statement of the continental drift hypothesis.

Len Wein -- b.6/12/1948 N.S. d.9/10/2017 N.S. (69)
Comic Book Artist, Writer, Editor
Names/Places: Wolverine (co-creator), DC Comics' Swamp Thing (co-creator)

Philip Weld -- b.??/??/1915 d.9/4/1984 (69)
Publisher, Sports Figure
Misc: Sailing

Robb Weller -- b.9/27/1949
Newsperson, TV Host, Game Show Host
Names/Places: Art Gilmore's nephew
TV Shows: Entertainment Tonight, Win Lose or Draw, Home

Walter Wellman -- b.11/3/1858 d.1/31/1934 (75)
Aeronautical, Aviator, Explorer, Journalist

H. G. Wells -- b.9/21/1866 d.8/13/1946 (79)
Novelist, Historian, Congressperson, English
Names/Places: b. in Kent; RFMN:Herbert George; d. in London
Book Titles: The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, The War of the Worlds

Ida Wells -- b.7/16/1862 d.3/25/1931 (68)
Journalist, Editor, Political Activist
Names/Places: aka Ida Bell Wells-Barnett
Misc: founded Negro Fellowship League

Linton Wells -- b.4/1/1893 d.1/31/1976 (82)
Misc: of wars

Jann S. Wenner -- b.1/7/1946
Journalist, Publisher, Editor
Misc: Rolling Stone; some say 1947

Charles Wesley -- b.12/2/1891 d.8/16/1987 (95)
Author, Writer, Historian, Educator

Mary Jo West -- b.??/??/1949
TV Shows: CBS News

Dame Rebecca West -- b.12/21/1892 d.3/15/1983 (90)
Novelist, Critic, Journalist, Irish
Names/Places: RN:Cicily Isabel Fairfield

Dr. Ruth Westheimer -- b.6/4/1928
Author, Doctor, Psychologist, Columnist, TV Talk Show Hostess, German
Names/Places: RFMN:Karola Ruth Siegel

Jerry Wexler -- b.1/10/1917 N.S. d.8/15/2008 N.S. (91)
Journalist, Executive, Music Producer, Arranger, Songwriter
Misc: Instrumental in popularizing soul music to white audiences. Worked with Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, and many others.

Richard Whately -- b.2/1/1787 d.10/8/1863 (76)
Theologian, Economist, British
Misc: rhetorician, logician.

David Wheaton -- b.6/2/1969
Author, Columnist, Tennis Player

Bill Whitaker -- b.8/26/1951

Jack Whitaker -- b.5/18/1924
Commentator, Sportscaster
TV Shows: CBS Sports, ABC Sports

Joel Whitburn -- b.11/29/1939
Author, Historian, Musicologist
Names/Places: NN:The World's Foremost Chart Researcher; b. in Menomonee Falls, WI
Misc: he has every single hit that ever made the Hot 100; he published over 30 books dealing the history and development of charted music from 1890 to the present. Books include "Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits", "Number One Hits", "Pop Annual", and dozens more also covering albums, country, R&B to name a few. Highly reccommended to fans of music and radio programmers.

David Manning White -- b.??/??/???? d.12/17/1993 (76)
Author, Journalist, Professor

Nancy White -- b.7/25/1916 d.5/25/2002 (85)
Misc: Harper's Bazaar 1958-71

Theodore H. White -- b.5/6/1915 d.5/15/1986 (71)
Author, Historian

William Allen White -- b.2/10/1868 d.1/29/1944 (75)
Writer, Poet, Policeman, Journalist, Editor
Misc: newspaperman

William L. White -- b.6/17/1900 d.7/26/1973 (73)
Author, Journalist
Misc: WW2 books

William S. White -- b.5/20/1905 d.4/30/1994 (88)
Author, Correspondent, Columnist, Biographer

Don Whitehead -- b.4/8/1908 d.1/12/1981 (72)

Walt Whitman -- b.5/31/1819 d.3/26/1892 (72)
Author, Essayist, Poet, Journalist, American, Gay
Names/Places: b. in West Hill, N.Y.; NN: The Father of Free Verse in America; RFN:Walter; d. in Camden, N.J.

John Hay Whitney -- b.8/17/1904 d.2/8/1982 (77)
Publisher, Diplomat, Philanthropist, Sports Figure

John Greenleaf Whittier -- b.12/17/1807 d.9/7/1892 (84)
Essayist, Poet, Journalist, Abolitionist
Misc: influential Quaker poet and ardent advocate for the abolition of slavery.

Charles Whittingham -- b.6/16/1767 d.1/5/1840 (72)
Publisher, Printer, English

Tom Wicker -- b.6/18/1926 d.11/25/2011 (85)
Correspondent, Journalist, Columnist
Misc: New York Times

Leigh A. Wiener -- b.8/25/1929 d.5/11/1993 (63)
Photographer, Photojournalist

Ella Wheeler Wilcox -- b.11/5/1850 d.10/30/1919 (68)
Poet, Journalist

Robert Wilder -- b.1/25/1901 d.8/22/1974 (73)
Writer, Novelist, Dramatist/Playwright, Screen/Scriptwriter, Journalist

Billy Wilkerson -- b.9/29/1890 N.S. d.9/2/1962 N.S. (71)
Publisher, Entertainment Figure
Names/Places: RN: William Richard Wilkerson
Misc: Hollywood Reporter founder

John Wilkes -- b.10/17/1725 d.12/26/1797 (72)
Journalist, Politician, English

Roy Wilkins -- b.8/30/1901 d.9/8/1981 (80)
Pioneer, Editor, Civil Rights Leader, Social Reformer, Political Activist
Misc: N.A.A.C.P.

George F. Will -- b.5/4/1941
Author, Journalist, Editor, Columnist, MLB Player

Ben Williams -- b.3/7/1889 N.S. d.2/4/1953 N.S. (63)
Novelist, Short Story Writer, Journalist

Brian (Newscaster) Williams -- b.5/5/1959
TV Shows: NBC Nightly News (2004-2015)

Clarence I Williams -- b.10/8/1898 d.11/6/1965 (67)
Publisher, Director, Arranger, Composer, Singer, Pianist, Bandleader, Jazz Musician
Misc: some say 1893

Diana Williams -- b.7/18/1958 N.S.

John A. Williams -- b.12/5/1925 d.7/3/2015 (89)
Author, Novelist, Journalist

Montel Williams -- b.7/3/1956
Journalist, Actor, TV Talk Show Host, Radio Talk Show Host

Sian Williams -- b.11/28/1964 N.S.
Journalist, English

Garry Wills -- b.5/22/1934
Author, Journalist, Historian
Book Titles: Nixon Agonistes (1970), Inventing America: Jefferson's Declaration of Independence (1978), Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America (1993)

Sir Angus Wilson -- b.8/11/1913 d.5/31/1991 (77)
Novelist, Biographer, English
Book Titles: Mulberry Bush

Earl Wilson -- b.5/3/1907 d.1/16/1987 (79)
Names/Places: aka The Midnight Earl
Misc: Broadway gossip

Lyle Wilson -- b.8/2/1899 d.5/??/1967 (67)

Walter Winchell -- b.4/7/1897 d.2/20/1972 (74)
Journalist, Columnist, TV/Radio Actor, TV Host, Vaudevillan, Singer
Names/Places: b. in New York City; RLN:Winechel
Misc: radio in 1930-40s
TV Shows: The Untouchables (narrator), Walter Winchell Show

Craig Windham -- b.6/20/1949 N.S. d.2/28/2016 N.S. (66)
Newscaster, Journalist
Misc: worked for National Public Radio as a reporter and journalist

Justin Winsor -- b.1/2/1831 d.10/22/1897 (66)
Misc: founder and the first president of the American Library Association

Anna Wintour -- b.11/3/1949 N.S.
Fashion Designer, Journalist, Editor, English
Misc: Vogue editor-in-chief

Frances Winwar -- b.5/3/1900 d.7/24/1985 (85)
Author, Critic, Biographer, American, Italian

Robert Wise -- b.9/10/1914 d.9/14/2005 (91)
Editor, Movie Producer/Director
Names/Places: b. in Winchester, IN
Movie Titles: West Side Story, Sound of Music, the Day the Earth Stood Still

Robert Wiseman -- b.1/1/1930
Editor, Producer/Director

Isidore Witmark -- b.6/15/1869 d.4/19/1941 (71)
Publisher, Music Figure
Misc: promoter of ragtime music

Katarina Witt -- b.12/3/1965
Commentator, Figure Skater, Olympic Athlete, German
Misc: Pronounced 'Vitt'; 4-time world champion (1984-85,87-88); won consecutive Olympic gold medals (1984,88).

Edwin Witte -- b.1/4/1887 d.5/20/1960 (73)

Naomi Wolf -- b.11/12/1962
Author, Writer, Journalist, Government Official

Tom Wolfe -- b.3/2/1931 N.S. d.5/14/2018 N.S. (87)
Novelist, Journalist
Names/Places: b. in Richmond, Va.
Book Titles: The Painted Word, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, A Man in Full, Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers, The Bonfire of the Vanities, Back to Blood

Helen Wolff -- b.7/27/1906 d.3/28/1994 (87)
Misc: published the works of such writers as Boris Pasternak, Gunter Grass and Umberto Eco in the United States.

Michael Wolff -- b.8/27/1953
Author, Essayist, Journalist

Ellen Wood -- b.1/17/1814 d.2/10/1887 (73)
Dramatist/Playwright, Journalist, English

Judy Woodruff -- b.11/20/1946
Author, Newscaster, Journalist, TV Talk Show Hostess
TV Shows: Frontline

Donald Woods -- b.12/15/1933 d.8/19/2001 (67)
Journalist, South African

Dr. Carter G. Woodson -- b.12/19/1875 d.4/3/1950 (74)
Misc: Black history studies; began Negro History Week in 1926

Robert "Bob" Woodward -- b.3/26/1943 N.S.
Author, Journalist
Names/Places: b. in Geneva, IL
Misc: Washington Post, Wired

Samuel Woodworth -- b.1/13/1784 d.12/9/1842 (58)
Dramatist/Playwright, Poet, Poet, Journalist, Librettist

Sheb Wooley -- b.4/10/1921 d.9/16/2003 (82)
Publisher, TV/Movie Actor, Comedian, Songwriter, Radio Disc Jock, Bandleader, Country Singer/Guitarist
Names/Places: b. in Erick, OK; RFN:Shelby F., Comic as Ben Colder
Song Titles: The Purple People Eater
TV Shows: Rawhide (as Pete Nolan), Hee Haw (composer & regular 1969)

Alexander Woollcott -- b.1/19/1887 d.1/23/1943 (56)
Author, Essayist, Short Story Writer, Critic, Journalist, Actor
Misc: was known for his acerbic wit. A large, portly man, he was the self-appointed leader of the Algonquin Round Table, an informal luncheon club at New York City's Algonquin Hotel in the 1920s and '30s. died of a heart attack on radio
Book Titles: The Man Who Came to Dinner

Lawrence Wright -- b.2/15/1888 d.5/19/1964 (76)
Publisher, Arranger, Composer/Songwriter, English

Elizabeth Wurtzel -- b.7/31/1967
Writer, Journalist, Actress
Book Titles: Prozac Nation

Robert Wussler -- b.9/8/1936 d.6/5/2010 (73)
Misc: co-founder of CNN

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