Wright Bryan (full name William Wright Bryan, Sr.) was a leading American journalist and newspaper editor. He was a lifelong Clemson man, as a faculty brat, graduate, administrator, and historian of the university.
Attended graduate school in journalism at the University of Missouri.
Went to work as a reporter for the Atlanta Journal. Rose through the paper's ranks, to Managing Editor by 1943.
World War II war correspondent in London and France for the Journal, WSB radio, and NBC radio, 1943 to 1944. The high point of his professional career was having the scoop on one of the biggest stories of the 20th century: he broadcast the first eyewitness account of the D-Day invasion. On September 13, 1944, Bryan was wounded and captured by the Germans in France. He spent several months in Oflag 64, a Nazi POW camp in Poland, until he was liberated in 1945.
After the war was named Editor of the Atlanta Journal.
Clemson Medallion. Honorary degrees from Clemson and Wooster College (Ohio). A Clemson scholarship was established in his honor.
A short clip from his D-Day broadcast is here: http://www.wsbhistory.com/40speopleatoj.html
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