Barbara Williams

The Post and Courier
Charleston, SC

The first woman editor of a daily newspaper in South Carolina

Williams recalls being the only woman in the news room and what it was like reporting on government.

Video Interview

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Born: Kentucky

Newspaper History:

  • The News and Courier
  • Camden (N.J.) Courier Post
  • The Evening Post
  • The Post and Courier

Honors and Awards:

  • President of the National Conference of Editorial Writers
  • Byliner Award from the Central Chapter Sigma Delta Chi
  • South Carolina Newspaper Woman of the Year
  • South Carolina Hospital Association Press Award


  • University of Tennessee, BS in Journalism
  • Attended UT College of Law
  • Honorary Doctor of Journalism from The Citadel

Family: Married for 49 years to the late Charleston artist, Manning Williams

SCPA's oral history project is dedicated to preserving the heritage of our state's journalists and newspapers.

This program is funded by the South Carolina Humanities Council, whose mission is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. This program is co-sponsored by the University of South Carolina’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications.