The Press Union of Liberia’s Welfare Committee has announced the death of another “Giant Tree” in the Liberian media. Family members say veteran journalist Paul Allen Wie died early this week.
Wie started off as a Radio Producer at ELWA Radio and later became editor at the Daily Listener and Liberian Star newspapers in the 1970s. He became Liberia’s correspondent for the Deutsche Presse Agentur (German News Agency).
He joined the Government of Liberia and served in several capacities including Information Officer, Regional Information Officer, Press Secretary at the National Legislature, Assistant Director for News and Public Affairs at the Liberia Broadcasting Corporation, now Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS).
At the Ministry of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT), he ascended to the post of Deputy Minister for Research and Planning and later Acting Minister of Information during the Liberian Civil War (1990), when he replaced G. Moses Washington. Mr Washington had taken over from Minister J. Emmanuel Z. Bowier.
Wie is the 17th Liberian journalist to pass away in 2016. He is the second from the 1960s to 1970s media personalities to die in 2016. The first was John Louis Dennis III, former Director of Audio Visual at MICAT, in April 2016.
The PUL Welfare Committee through the Leadership (in transition) conveys its condolences to the bereaved family, a release signed by Ansu Sekou Konneh, out-going chairman, said.