Wichita Business Journal's Bill Roy passes away from ALS
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - Bill Roy, the Editor of the Wichita Business Journal has passed away on Sunday.
The WBJ confirms that Bill Roy, the Wichita Business Journal's editor since 2003 and a friend to seemingly everyone he came in contact with, died Sunday morning at his home of complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He was 61.
The 37-year journalist was diagnosed with ALS in the fall of 2019.
Roy was inducted into the Kansas Press Association Hall of Fame in 2022, a nod to his versatility as a journalist and his leadership for two decades at the WBJ, where he had grown readership, particularly online as news organizations became increasingly digital-minded.
A Kansas State University graduate, Roy worked for KFDI, The Wichita Eagle, and KWCH before being hired as managing editor for WBJ in 2003, and reaching editor soon after.
“Bill was the epitome of a great editor and leader in our company. He worked diligently to make stories better, and to cover the community in a fair and balanced way,” said Jon Wile, American City Business Journals vice president. “It was evident during my trips to Wichita that Bill cared deeply about the business community, which was reflected in the work the WBJ newsroom produced during Bill’s tenure as editor. His legacy will live on in the journalism and events that the WBJ has become known for, thanks to his hard work and leadership.”
He is survived by his wife Gretchen and his twin daughters Shea Roy and Sydney Rummery (Brooks). His funeral arrangements are still to be determined.