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Memorable Manitobans: William Henry “Bill” Metcalfe (1906-1990)

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William Henry Metcalfe
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Journalist.

Born at Portage la Prairie on 7 February 1906, he was educated at the University of Wisconsin where he captained the hockey team. He was a reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press (1931-1940) and was head of the newsroom at CBC Radio in Winnipeg (1940-1947). He served as President of the Winnipeg Press Club in 1935. He was Managing Editor of the Winnipeg Citizen (1947-1949), Winnipeg Free Press (1952-1959), and Ottawa Journal (1959-1972). He retired in 1972 and returned to Winnipeg in 1975. He was a member of The Nor'Westers (1988). His autobiography was published as The View from Thirty (1984). He died at Winnipeg on 22 January 1990.

Sources:

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Distinguished journalist William Metcalfe dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 January 1990, page 9.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 June 2022

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