BILL CASEY, Publisher, The Daily Iowan. In 1972, Bill Casey started delivering The Daily Iowan to doorsteps across Iowa City. Within four years, he was publisher and has been committed to the DI for 41 years. A graduate of the University of Iowa, Bill has committed his career to serving the university, Iowa City communities, and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
He collaborates with journalism school faculty and advisors to introduce literally thousands of students to journalism and help them launch careers of their own. He initiated a scholarship program in 1987 that as of 2013 has awarded more than $700,000 in tuition money to promising young journalists, who work as Daily Iowan staffers. Each year, up to four high school seniors are selected to receive four-year tuition scholarships to pursue their interest in journalism and mass communication. They are eligible to receive the scholarship until they graduate from the university, provided that they continue to make progress at the DI and in college. Nearly all of the scholarship winners are SJMC majors.
Bill has been at the helm of The Daily Iowan during its evolution into the digital age. He worked with faculty and staff to launch DITV, to build a website that attracts, at time, hundreds of thousands of hits, and to create what has been called “the largest newsroom in Eastern Iowa.” The Daily Iowan’s commitment to the community also includes its annual “Stuff the Bus” campaign that gathers food and supplies for the local hungry.
Under Bill’s guidance, SJMC students who work on the newspaper have won numerous Pacemaker, Hearst, and other state and national awards, gaining attraction for both Iowa’s journalism program and The Daily Iowan. Many of the names in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s Hall of Fame have worked with The Daily Iowan. A past president of the Iowa Newspaper Association Services Co., Bill received the association’s “Master Publisher” award in 2005 and the INA Distinguished Service Award in 2003. He also was a founding board member of The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism.