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A Look At The Life of One of The Most Influential Journalists of The 20th Century

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We tell the story of Bill Baggs, former editor of the Miami News and one of the most influential journalists of the twentieth century that almost no one knows about.

A WLRN Original Presentation A NERVOUS MAN SHOULDN'T BE HERE IN THE FIRST PLACE: THE LIFE OF BILL BAGGS premieres Wednesday April 20th

9:30pm A NERVOUS MAN SHOULDN'T BE HERE IN THE FIRST PLACE: THE LIFE OF BILL BAGGS - Documentary

This documentary tells the story of one of the most influential journalists of the 20th century that almost no one has heard of. Bill Baggs, was the former editor of the late Miami News. He used his daily column as a bully pulpit for social justice and wielded his pen like a scalpel to reveal the truth. Under his watch The Miami News earned three Pulitzer Prizes.

The Life of Bill Baggs: A WLRN Original Presentation

Bill Baggs was the former editor of the late Miami News from 1957 to 1969. He championed unpopular ideas in his front-page columns, such as protecting the environment, desegregating public schools, and peace in Vietnam.

With keen intellect and sparkling wit, Bill Baggs seemed to be in the right place at the right time. From bombardier in World War II to news reporter, then accidental diplomat, Baggs used his daily column as a bully pulpit for social justice and wielded his pen like a scalpel to reveal the truth. The Miami News earned three Pulitzer Prizes under his watch, and then in 1969, he left this world suddenly and his story nearly died with him, until now.

Based on the book of the same name by author Amy Paige Condon who retraces Baggs’ steps in the process of writing the first biography of this influential newspaper editor.

Patrick and Anne Longstreth are filmmakers from the United States, whose work focuses on shining a light on unsung heroes. Patrick began his career as an editor for local TV over 20 years ago. His first feature documentary, Iron Family, was accepted to Slamdance in 2022.