Bill Millsaps

About Bill Millsaps

One of the most honored voices in Virginia media, Bill Millsaps began his newspaper career at the Knoxville Journal after studying at the University of Tennessee. He came to the Richmond Times-Dispatch in September 1966, was named associate sports editor in 1972 and executive sports editor in 1973.

Millsaps was the first managing editor after The Richmond News Leader and Times-Dispatch merged in 1992. He was promoted to vice president and executive editor in 1994. Four times during his 11-year tenure as executive editor, the Times-Dispatch received the Virginia Press Association’s top honor, the W.S. Copeland Award for public service and journalistic integrity.

Crowning Moment…

In 2011, Millsaps won the Red Smith Award, the top sports journalism award in the nation as presented by the Associated Press Sports Editors to a person who has made major contributions to sports journalism.


Number of Masters Millsaps covered


Number of U.S. Opens Millsaps covered


Number of Open Championships and U.S. Amateurs Millsaps covered


Times Millsaps was honored as Virginia Sportswriter of the Year by state members of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters

Achievements & Media

Special thanks to the USGA, PGA Tour, VSGA, MAPGA, WVGA and inductee family members for contributing photos and videos to this project.

Date of Birth: July 1, 1942
College: University of Tennessee


Former president of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and The Associated Press Sports Editors; contributing writer to Sports Illustrated and the U.S. Golf Association Journal
Inducted to the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2000
Covered 15 Masters, 13 U.S. Opens, two Open Championships, two U.S. Amateurs, one PGA Championship and one Ryder Cup in addition to multiple VSGA Amateurs