Meet Bill Thompson


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Posted July 3, 2020 | Photography by John Jernigan

Bill Thompson’s career in journalism started in 1997, when he took a job as a reporter with the Tampa Tribune. In 2000, he joined the staff at the Ocala Star-Banner, where he served as reporter and assistant editorial page editor.

In 2014, he became the editorial page editor for the Lakeland Ledger. Thompson, who was born and raised in Maryland, is a graduate of the University of Maryland and is a veteran of the U.S. Army. He and his wife Kelly have four children, ranging in age from 18 to 11. In his spare time, Thompson says he likes to read and “keep up with the honey-do list.”

He feels the time is right for the Ocala Gazette because “Ocala needs another news source.”