Bill Wallace, a longtime reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, has died of cancer, the Chronicle reports. He was 69. During the past 16 months, Wallace posted regular updates of his fight on Facebook, documenting the medications he was taking, the pains of his body as it shut down, and his unwavering determination to go down swinging.
Wallace was a board member of Criminal Justice Journalists, the co-publisher of this news digest, and sometimes wrote Crime and Justice News in its early days. He brought what the Chronicle called a “puncher’s sensibility to virtually every story he wrote until he retired from the newspaper in 2006” after 26 years, including a series he wrote that year about police violence and a 1999 exploration of the plight of domestic violence victims. In recent years, Wallace taught journalism at California State University East Bay and wrote hard-boiled noir crime novels and short stories under the name William E. Wallace.