NABJ Mourns The Loss of Newspaper Publisher William Garth Sr.
Friday, October 14, 2016
Posted by: Aprill Turner
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 14, 2016) --The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) mourns the loss of newspaper publisher William Garth Sr. He died last month at Chicago’s RML Specialty Hospital of complications from diabetes. He was 78.
Garth was CEO and publisher of the Chicago Citizen, a weekly newspaper chain focusing on African-American communities. The newspaper chain includes the Chatham Southeast Citizen, the South Suburban Citizen, the Chicago Weekend, the Hyde Park Citizen and the South End Citizen. The papers, with an audited circulation of about 121,000, constitute the largest black-owned chain in the Midwest.
In 1996, Garth was elected chair of the 480-newspaper Illinois Press Association, becoming the country’s first African-American chief of a statewide press organization.
Garth was also a member of the Rainbow/PUSH board and publisher of PUSH magazine and a founding member of the Chatham Business Association.
“He was a philanthropist and community leader whose legacy will live on in the countless lives he has touched and through the college scholarships he provided,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Garth is survived by his wife, ten siblings, six stepchildren, nine grandchildren, 20 step-grandchildren and 24 step-great-grandchildren.
NABJ's thoughts are with Garth's family, his colleagues, and friends during this difficult time.
About the National Association of Black Journalists:
An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide.
*News reports were used to compile this release.