Former ‘St. Louis Post-Dispatch’ Editor William Woo Dies

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William Woo, the former editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and interim director of the Stanford Graduate Journalism Program, died Wednesday. He was 69.

Woo died from complications from cancer at his home in Palo Alto, Stanford announced.

“He was the backbone of the graduate program in journalism,” communication professor Theodore Glasser said in a statement. “He very much set the tone for the program intellectually and professionally. It’s a big loss for all of us in the department and the journalism program.”

Woo came to Stanford in 1996 after working for 34 years at the Post-Dispatch, where he served as a reporter, foreign correspondent, Washington columnist, editorial writer, editorial page editor and editor in chief.

Woo, who was born in Shanghai, received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Asian American Journalists Association in 1990, and the Gold Medal Honor Award from the University of Missouri School of Journalism the following year.

He started his journalism career as a general assignment reporter at the Kansas City Times in 1957.

Woo has also served as a director of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the American Press Institute.

Woo is survived by his wife, Martha Shirk, and three sons, Thomas, Bennett and Peter Woo, all of Palo Alto.

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