CLASS OF 2021
Bill Milldyke was best known for his distinguished career with ABC News.
Born in Kearney, Bill was a Kearney State College graduate in 1958 and did post-graduate work the following two years at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. He held numerous part-time radio and TV jobs during these years including stints at Kearney’s KGFW and KHOL TV (now KHGI) and Lincoln’s KFOR. Milldyke returned to KHGI in 1960 as News Director
From there he spent six years as news director at WOI TV Ames, Iowa. In 1968, ABC News recruited him to their Washington, DC bureau as assignment editor.
It wasn’t long before Milldyke was on the ABC international fast track. In 1971, ABC moved him to London as its London bureau field producer. In 1977 he was named London bureau chief and manager of news coverage for Europe. In 1982 he was named director of news coverage for Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.
Milldyke’s career allowed him to cover some of the world’s largest events including wars, peace talks, oil embargoes, and the Iran Hostage Crisis before his untimely death in 1983 in London, at age 46.