In memory of longtime PNA President Tim Williams, the PNA Foundation has established the Tim Williams Legacy Fund.

We invite his many friends, colleagues, family and news professionals across the state and the country to contribute in his honor, remembering an icon of the Pennsylvania news industry.  Monies raised will underwrite annual scholarships to high school and college students majoring in media, journalism, communications and related fields in Pennsylvania. This will not only fulfill the Foundation’s mission of developing the next generation of journalists, but it will also reflect Tim’s strong commitment of encouraging, inspiring and supporting bright and aspiring media professionals.

Donations can be made through the Foundation’s Donate Now page.  Simply note Tim Williams Legacy Fund in the comments box.  All funds will be matched by PNA and the PNA Foundation, doubling your tribute to Tim.  Checks payable to the PNA Foundation can be sent to: Tim Williams Legacy Fund, 4000 Crums Mill Road, Suite 101, Harrisburg, PA 17112.

About Tim Williams

A University of Missouri School of Journalism graduate, Tim bought his first newspaper in 1971, making him the youngest newspaper publisher in the country at that time.  Over the next 15 years, he would purchase several other newspapers, all of which won numerous state and national awards for editorial, photography, general excellence and community involvement. He then moved to Arizona to start his press association career, leaving an unprecedented mark both nationally and locally.

In 1989 Tim was hired as executive director of the then-Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers’ Association. There, he would impact members, guide staff and lead the newspaper industry in countless and enduring ways as executive director, president and CEO. For 22 years, he helmed the Association before retiring in 2010. As one of only nine presidents to direct PNA in its nearly 100 years, Tim’s distinct and dedicated tenure was marked by progress, change and growth. Tim was admired and respected in all corners of the newspaper industry for his strategic thinking, entrepreneurial instincts, professional work ethic and unparalleled commitment.

Tim speaking during the 3899 North Front Street Open House in 1999.
Tim with staff during flood cleanup in 1993.
Tim and James Dible in 1989.