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Thursday, February 20, 2003

Senate Honors Reporter's Fairness

By Deborah Baker
The Associated Press
    SANTA FE The Senate on Wednesday remembered late Associated Press newsman Bill Feather as a reporter who "always got it right."
    Feather, who died in August at age 74, retired in 1990 after a career of statehouse reporting in New Mexico that spanned three decades.
    Senators praised him for his accuracy, his thoroughness and his fairness.
    His knowledge of state government "exceeded that of many who served in it," said a memorial that passed on a unanimous vote.
    Family members, including Feather's widow, Pat, were in the chamber for the memorial's passage.
    "He just reported the facts, and he didn't try to create the news," said Majority Leader Manny Aragon, D-Albuquerque.
    "Bill was level-headed, he was fair, and he was just," Aragon said.
    Feather, a native of Artesia, covered the statehouse for the AP between 1958 and 1990, except for two years when he was editor of The Santa Fe New Mexican.
    Feather entered the Navy in 1945 after graduating from Artesia High School. He worked at the Las Cruces Citizen while attending New Mexico State University, from which he graduated in 1951.
    He worked for the El Paso Times, the Amarillo Daily News and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram before joining the AP in Albuquerque in 1956.
    "He is one that is sorely missed in Santa Fe," Aragon said. "And I'm sure that the people of New Mexico miss his reporting."