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Kiplinger, W. M. (Willard Monroe)

Bellefontaine

Born: January 8, 1891

Ohio connection: Birth

W. M. (Willard Monroe) Kiplinger was born in 1891 in Bellefontaine, Ohio. He developed an early interest in journalism, serving as the editor of his high school newspaper and later becoming one of the first two journalism graduates of Ohio State University. He joined the Ohio State Journal as a cub reporter and covered the Columbus flood of 1913, driving across town in a horse and buggy to gather information on flood victims. He later moved to Washington, D.C., where he became an Associated Press correspondent, and had assignments such as walking in the rain with Woodrow Wilson on the night Wilson was nominated for the presidency. Kiplinger left AP in 1919 to become a correspondent for the National Bank of Commerce of New York. In 1923, he sent all of his clients a supplemental summary of Washington news. Thus began the Kiplinger Washington Letter, which is still in publication today. In 1947, he inaugurated Changing Times magazine, which is now entitled Kiplinger`s Personal Finance Magazine, with a circulation of over one million. Kiplinger was also the author of a number of books, including Washington Is Like That, Boom and Inflation Ahead, and Your Guide to a Higher Income. Kiplinger and his wife LaVerne were the parents of a son and two daughters. W. M. Kiplinger died in Bethesda, Maryland,  August 6, 1967.