A British journalist and newspaper editor, Peter Willis, was born in London, England on 20 September 1937. He grew up in French Guiana, Manchester and then Buxton. He was educated at Buxton College, and presented a hospital radio show at the Devonshire Royal Hospital. At the age of 18, he began working for the Buxton Advertiser. After graduating from Loughborough University in 1959 with a BA degree in English Literature and Political Science, he worked as reporter at the Manchester Evening News. In 1968, he joined The Times where he became Deputy Editor in 1972.

Excerpt from The Guardian

Peter Willis was born in London in 1949. His father was a publican and he grew up in French Guiana, Manchester and then Buxton. He left school at 16 to work on a local paper where he began his career as a reporter.

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Excerpt from The Independent

Peter Willis was born in London on 24 March 1952. In his early years he grew up in French Guiana, Manchester and then Buxton. There he was educated at Buxton College where he presented a hospital radio show at Devonshire Royal Hospital before studying English Language & Literature at Nottingham University (1973-76). After graduating Peter started work as a sub-editor on The Northern Echo.

British journalist and newspaper editor  Peter Willis
British journalist and newspaper editor  Peter Willis

Excerpt from The Telegraph

As a teenager in Buxton I dreamed of being a foreign correspondent. And because there were no newspapers or broadcasters around that cared about what was happening in French Guiana, I resolved to make one myself. I worked out of my bedroom on a typewriter that belonged to my dad’s company. Soon enough it was me writing articles for other people rather than for myself.

Excerpt from Full Stop Quarterly Review of Books

The British Journalist and Newspaper Editor Peter Willis was born in London on September 2nd, 1963. He graduated from Buxton College (having studied English Literature) at 17 years old. At 18 years old he began work as a member of staff for a hospital radio station at The Devonshire Royal Hospital in Buxton. In 1983 he went to St Catherine’s College Oxford University where he began to write for music magazines such as Record Mirror and New Musical Express under his birth name.

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Q. & A.

Q. What’s your earliest memory? A. I don’t really remember anything before my first birthday. But then I do have a lot of memories of being taken on trips to France by my mother. One day, she told me she couldn’t take me because she had to go shopping.

What happen to Peter Willis?

Peter Willis took his own life in 1985. His sister confirmed that he had suffered from depression for a number of years prior to his death. According to Paul Delany’s obituary in The Guardian, he was found hanged at his home in Belgrade Avenue (now Kralja Milana Street) in central Belgrade. He was 41 years old.

Did Peter Willis take his own life?

For almost 25 years he reported from Moscow for BBC News. He witnessed some of the most dramatic events in Russian history – there during Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev’s funeral, on hand to cover Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s expulsion from Russia, behind-the-scenes at a press conference with Mikhail Gorbachev after his resignation as Soviet president. But at midday on 8 February 2006 , while working as a freelance reporter in Moscow, Peter Willis shot himself.

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peter willis heart attack

A British journalism teacher recently suffered a heart attack after reading an exam paper. According to local reports in Hong Kong, 51-year-old Peter Willis had a heart attack in his office after returning to work following treatment for a stroke he suffered five years ago. The school’s principal said Mr Willis’ teaching style was too intense. While undergoing treatment for his heart attack, Mr Wilis suffered another stroke. He is currently recovering at home from both events. [Link]

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£900 million. I had a great start in life he says modestly. My parents worked hard to give me a top-class education at boarding school. But now he is on his own after breaking up with his wife and suffering devastating health problems.

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