On March 26, in Washington, DC, friends, colleagues and family gathered to celebrate the life of veteran journalist George Wilson. Wilson covered politics from Capitol Hill for over two decades. Wilson died on March 17 at 70. In 2013, Wilson suffered a stroke that sidelined him from the career he loved.
But in the years before that, Wilson established himself as an authority on Black politics national and international. Wilson’s memorable voice was heard on American Urban Radio Networks, WHUR, National Black Network, Sheridan Broadcasting and Sirius XM radio. Wilson also wrote for The AFRO and The Washington Informer.
As he eulogized Wilson at Unity of Washington Church near Logan Circle in the nation’s capitol, WPFW News Director at Askia Muhammad said Wilson was “the dean of the Black press on Capitol Hill.” Also speaking words of remembrance about Wilson at his funeral service were longtime friends Ron Bethea, Denise Rolark Barnes, Askia Muhammad, Dennis McDuffie and Tony Thompson.
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) also noted Wilson’s death calling him her friend.
“‘GW on the Hill’ had a voice made for radio and a keen intelligence that always led his reporting to the truth. George was in many ways the father of Black press here on the Hill. He will be missed by thousands here who, like me, always looked forward to his reporting. George’s legacy, especially on the Hill, is far-reaching and continues to live on,” Norton said in a statement on March 22.
“The 48-members of the Congressional Black Caucus send our thoughts and prayers to George Wilson’s loved ones. But for George Wilson who covered the Congressional Black Caucus day in and day out for decades, the work of our members would not have gotten as much news coverage as it did,” read a statement by Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-LA) on March 21.
“George Wilson’s life and legacy are a testament to why having the Black Press and African-American reporters at major news outlets is so important. He worked hard to make sure the country knew about African Americans’ ongoing struggle for justice and equality, and trained many other talented African-American journalists to follow in
his footsteps,” Richmond added.
Wilson occupied a large radio TV booth on Capitol Hill for many years on the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol Building. Over his many years of reporting, his interviews included everyone from entertainers Lena Horne and Gladys Knight to legendary elected officials such as Shirley Chisholm and Ron Dellums.
George Wilson III was born in New Orleans on October 10, 1947 to George II and Rose Wilson. His family moved to Washington, D.C. when he was a young child. Wilson attended Paul Junior High School and graduated from Calvin Coolidge High School in 1965. He attended college at North Carolina A&T and Howard University.
Wilson is survived by his wife Iris, his mother, Rose, and his six children.