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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Born in the small coal mining town of Bishop Auckland in the north of England, Bill Taylor’s career as a journalist is still writing itself and features many publications, positions and adventures.
A three-month trial at the Evening Gazette on Teesside led him to the Northern Echo in Darlington, England. In 1973 he moved to New York to work for the British government. While working for the government, he also freelanced for the Northern Echo, the National Star and automotive magazines in England and Australia.
Before landing at the Toronto Star newspaper, Bill held positions of reporter, city editor, deputy managing editor and columnist for the Philadelphia Journal during its 4-year run. After taking a buyout from the Star, he has continued to freelance for the Star.
Journalism has been a way for Bill to see and experience the world. He has covered American political conventions, was a travel editor, had his byline in every section of the Toronto Star, and once went around the world in 30 days with only one change of clothes!
Bill took part in a five-car, three-day road test in Australia for Modern Motor magazine and wrecked a prototype Holden station wagon in the Outback. By some convoluted editorial logic, instead of firing him they promoted him to North American editor!
Since 2003, Bill has been keenly interested in photography, preferring to work in black and white. He is also an avid hiker, loves the outdoors, travel, good food and wine.
BILL FUN FACT: He got his start in automotive journalism by unexpectedly getting into a highly illegal drag race (which he won) on the main street of a small town in Pennsylvania and selling a story about it to Britain’s toniest car magazine, CAR. They immediately hired him as their North American columnist!