Specializes in: Profiles, Government, Sports, Lifestyle, Travel
William Ecenbarger is an award-winning journalist whose magazine and newspaper articles appear in markets throughout the world. He is also the author of two books: Glory by the Wayside, a photo-essay book released this year about the old churches of Hawaii, and Walkin’ the Line, a travel-history narrative about the Mason-Dixon Line that was published in 2000. His special writing projects have included the Report of the Philadelphia Commission on AIDS (1988); a 1990 report for Major League Baseball, “The Global Impact of Baseball”; the Corporate History of Merrill Lynch & Co, Inc. in 2003; and the Corporate History of the Japs-Olsen Company in 2007. He served as History Consultant to Merrill Lynch, Inc., NY, from 1999-2005.
As an International Correspondent for Reader’s Digest, Ecenbarger’s assignments have taken him around the world – to some 50 countries in Europe, Asia, South America, Africa and the Pacific Rim doing undercover investigations on subjects as diverse as the dangers of tobacco use worldwide and the unscrupulous practices of dentists. He is also a prolific travel writer who has produced more than 300 articles for newspaper and magazine outlets in the U.S., Australia and Canada. He was named Lowell Thomas Travel Writer of the Year by the Society of American Travel Writers in 1996.
After serving as a Public Information Officer in the U. S. Army, Ecenbarger began his career with United Press International (1961-70) working in Newark, Harrisburg and Baltimore. He was part of the UPI team that covered urban unrest in Newark, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Detroit as well as the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
From 1970-80 Ecenbarger served as Harrisburg Bureau Chief for the Philadelphia Inquirer covering Pennsylvania state politics. During this period, Ecenbarger, along with two fellow Inquirer journalists, won the George Polk Award in 1978 for a series of articles exposing corruption in the Pennsylvania state legislature. Then, in 1979, he was part of the team awarded the Pulitzer Prize for General News Reporting for coverage of the Three Mile Island nuclear accident.
Ecenbarger is a graduate of Lindenhurst High School in New York and of Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. He lives with his travel photographer-wife in Castine, Maine. He is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the Society of Professional Journalists.
Last updated: 10/18/2016 ()