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George S. Mills

George S. Mills (BSJ28) died in 2003. He was an Iowa newsman and historical writer since graduating from Medill in the late 1920s.

He has worked for the Marshalltown Times-Republican, the Associated Press, the Iowa Daily Press Association, the Cedar Rapids Gazette, the Des Moines Register and WHO-TV Des Moines. Mills was a political writer and legislative reporter for the Register for 28 years and for WHO for eight years. He also served as the Iowa correspondent for Time, Life and Fortune magazines for 11 years and wrote as well for Look and Quick magazines.

A Mills story, "How Four Teenagers Met Death," was widely reprinted by the insurance industry and won the Reader's Digest Human Interest Award in 1950. He also won the Iowa Associated Press newswriting annual sweepstakes award three times and the United Press International Iowa broadcast news award. He has appeared on the Iowa Public TV network on a regular basis.

A longtime member of the Iowa State Historical Board, Mills has written seven books. The latest, "One-Armed Bandits," was published in February.

Since retiring, he has been active writing features and op-ed pieces for the Register, working on books and working presidential election nights from 1972 to 1992. During the 1996 Iowa caucuses, Mills appeared on CNN, CBS and NBC.