William G. Connolly

William G. Connolly is a director for the Education Fund and is also a its former president. He has been a member of the American Copy Editors Society since its beginning and has served on its executive committee for most of that time.

He retired in 2001 as a senior editor of The New York Times, where his most recent assignments involved recruiting, training and the development of a comprehensive policy on ethics and conflicts of interest. He is a co-author of  “The New York Times Manual of Style and Usage, Revised and Expanded Edition” (Crown Publishers, 1999) and from 1987 through 1989 wrote “Winners & Sinners,” a periodical critique of the paper that circulated widely among journalists, writers and educators.

He has lectured frequently at the American Press Institute and taught from 1981 to 2001 at the Maynard Institute’s editing program, first at the University of Arizona, then at the University of California, Berkeley. He has also conducted workshops on editing for newspapers and for journalism schools and associations throughout the country.

Before joining The Times, he served as a reporter or editor at The Minneapolis Tribune,  The Houston Chronicle and The Detroit Free Press. From 1979 to 1983 he was managing editor of The Virginian-Pilot, the morning newspaper in Norfolk.

He has contributed over the years to many sections of The New York Times and a variety of magazines and is the author of  “The New York Times Guide to Buying or Building a Home” (Times Books, 1978, 1984).

He has devoted much of his attention since retirement to the fulfillment of a lifelong ambition: attending art school.

He may be reached at wgc@copydesk.org.