Civic Journalism

Bill Berry
Bill Berry

Bill Berry has been an advocate for farmland preservation for many years.  As the Public Relations Director for the three-year Future of Farming and Rural Life study sponsored by the Wisconsin Academy of Science Arts and Letters, Bill organized listening sessions, conducted media and outreach operations and wrote the final report.  That report was instrumental in advancing the revised farmland preservation programs of the last decade.

Born and reared in Green Bay, Bill graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. For many years he was a reporter and editor of several Central Wisconsin newspapers. When engaged by the Academy, he was and continues to own and manage his public relations firm. Through contracts with the the National Association of Conservation Districts and as a field representative for the American Farmland Trust he has used these opportunities to influence the public in the areas of land use and natural resource conservation. His opinions are regularly chronicled on the editorial pages of the Capital Times newspaper. He is also highly involved the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame program located at UW-Stevens Point.

Throughout his career Bill Berry has been a strong advocate for community development and planning. He lives his values of conserving and preserving in those areas that are difficult to replace. He is generous of his time to assist without compensation in these important areas.

Bill Berry is genuine. He is of impeccable integrity, and constantly displays concern for the welfare of his fellow man.