William Kinney

Marlboro Herald-Advocate
Bennettsville, SC

Kinney has pride in the people Marlboro County and his family owned and operated newspaper.

Video Interview

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Born: October 26, 1933

Died: February 19, 2023

Newspaper History: 1972 to present, Marlboro Herald-Advocate

Honors and Awards:

  • President of the Marlborough Historical Society
  • Chairman of the Marlboro County Historic Preservation Commission
  • Founding member of the Marlboro County Development Board
  • Vice-chairman of the Bennettesville Downtown Development Association
  • 1972-73 President of the South Carolina Press Association
  • 1992-94 President of the S.C. Press Association Foundation
  • Harris Award for Editorial Writing, 1966
  • University of South Carolina College of Journalism’s Diamond Circle Award


  • BS from Wofford College
  • BA from the University of South Carolina

Military Service: U.S. Army

Family: Daughter, Elisabeth Kinney McNiel

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