Edward Banks Hinshaw

                                                                         ┌── Lorenzo Banks Hinshaw
                                                                         │    1885-1966 
                                  ┌── Lorenzo Makepeace "Jack" Hinshaw ──┤
                                  │    1907-1988                         │
                                  │                                      └── Esther Annie Pritchard
                                  │                                           1888-1979 
Edward Banks Hinshaw ─────────────┤
B: 1940                           │                                      ┌── Edward Francis Roach and Erna Wagner
D: 2016                           │                                      │
                                  └── Emily Roach ───────────────────────┤
M: Victoria Leone "Vicky" Biggers
   ├── Eric David Hinshaw (c1969-) 1
   └── Brian Hinshaw (c1971-) 1

Edward Banks Hinshaw     [ID 13540] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born Feb 27 1940, Aurora, Kane County, Illinois.2,3  

Ed grew up in Minnesota.4  

He married Victoria Leone "Vicky" Biggers, Jan 17 1965, First Methodist Church, Elgin, Kane County, Illinois.4,5,6  Victoria, daughter of Gerald M. Biggers.5  

Until his retirement Apr 1 2002, Ed was an executive with the Journal Broadcast Group, and an anchor and editorialist for WTMJ Radio and WTMJ-TV (Milwaukee, Wisconsin).  When he retired he was Vice President for Human Resources with the Journal broadcast Group.2,4  

In June, 2002, Ed was named to the Wisconsin Broadcaster's Hall of Fame, a part of the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison, Wisconsin.6  See: http://www.wisconsinbroadcastingmuseum.org/hall-of-fame/ed-hinshaw
and: http://www.radioink.com/HeadlineEntry.asp?hid=73760&pt=archive

Victoria is the author of numerous Regency romance novels.7  

In 2002 Ed and Vicky were living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.4  

Edward Banks Hinshaw died Oct 1 2016, age 76.8,9  

WTMJ Radio posted a tribute to Ed:8

Longtime Milwaukee journalist Ed Hinshaw dies at 76

MILWAUKEE - Ed Hinshaw passed away Saturday, Oct. 1st at the age of 76.  

He joined WTMJ-AM and TV in 1965 as an anchor and reporter.  For 37 years he held many other roles for Journal Broadcast Group, including assignment editor, producer, editorial director, manager of public affairs and vice president of human resources before retiring in 2002.  

Retired TODAY'S TMJ4 anchor Mike Jacobs says Hinshaw's editorials were always "very thoughtful" and "thought-provoking."  

"He was really a word smith," says Jacobs.  "He crafted every sentence of every editorial with great precision."  

Jacobs says in addition to being a serious journalist, Hinshaw had a wicked sense of humor.  

"Very dry sense of humor," laughs Jacobs.  "He loved telling stories as much as he loved doing editorials."  

Hinshaw was also known to many as "Coach Ed", his alter ego, during a skit he did with Bob Reitman and Gene Mueller on WKTI radio for many years.

Another tribute was posted by WTMJ TV:9

Former TODAY'S TMJ4 anchor Ed Hinshaw dies at 76
Hinshaw joined TMJ4 in 1965 and retired in 2002

TODAY'S TMJ4 is mourning the loss of one of our own.  

Former anchor Ed Hinshaw passed away Saturday, Oct. 1.  He was 76.  

Hinshaw joined TODAY'S TMJ4 in 1965 and retired in 2002.  Through his 37 years, he served as an anchor, reporter, assignment editor, producer, editorial director, manager of public affairs and vice president of human resources for Journal Broadcast Group.  

According to the Wisconsin Broadcasting Museum, Hinshaw began his 47-year broadcast career as an announcer at KXRA-A in Alexandria, Minnesota in 1955.  He followed that with stints at KCJB Radio & TV, KSTP Radio & TV, WRC Radio & TV and the Voice of American before finding his home in Milwaukee.  

Hinshaw was a founding member of the National First Amendment Congress, and also served as President of the Milwaukee Press Club, the Milwaukee Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Broadcast Editorial Association.  

He also served many years on the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation.  

Hinshaw was honored with a "Silver Circle Award" in 2010.  The award is equivalent to an Emmy for lifetime achievement.  

We will miss you, Ed!

Another tribute was published by the "Milwauker Journal-Sentinal" (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) on Monday, October 3, 2016:10

Broadcaster Hinshaw was invested in Milwaukee

While always a serious presence on-air, Ed Hinshaw never failed to make people laugh off the camera.  

"He was thoughtful and serious about the responsibilities that go with journalism," said Mike Gousha, a former WTMJ anchor.  "But the thing I loved and will miss most about him is his wonderful sense of humor."  

Hinshaw, who spent much of his 47 years in broadcasting in Milwaukee, died Saturday.  He was 76.  The cause of death was respiratory failure, said his wife, Vicky.  

During 37 years at WTMJ-TV (Channel 4), he served as an anchor, reporter, assignment editor, producer, editorial director, director and manager of public affairs at WTMJ and vice president of human resources for Journal Broadcast Group.  

Hinshaw was born in Aurora, Ill., in 1940 and began his broadcast career as a freshman in high school at KXRA-AM in Minnesota in 1955.  After graduating from Edina High School in Minnesota, he attended Harvard College, where he worked at WHRB, the Harvard radio station.  

After stints in Minnesota and Washington, D.C., Hinshaw moved to Milwaukee and joined WTMJ as a reporter in 1965.  

Hinshaw was known as the "white-haired statesman with a big voice and big presence," which made him the best choice to deliver the station's on-air editorials, said retired anchor and reporter Mike Jacobs, another former colleague of Hinshaw.  

While now a thing of the past, editorials were once as common as weather forecasts on television, and Hinshaw was instrumental in raising the popularity of television editorial commentary.  

"He was a force of nature in his own right," said Tom Luljak, who was news director at WTMJ when Hinshaw was editorial director.  "Ed was a critical voice in the community because he was unafraid to question authority in a thoughtful way unlike anyone else."  

Before cable news, accessible pundits and a plethora of talk shows, local television editorials were often the trigger for a much broader community discussion on important public issues, Luljak said.  

As the editorialist, Hinshaw took tough stances, including support for desegregation of Milwaukee Public Schools.  

"I think Ed and others like him at the time represented a time in this city's history when a public dialogue was initiated and sustained in a way that made the community a much healthier place than it would have been," Luljak said.  "He showed that people could disagree on very emotional issues and still see each other as part of this community."  

Hinshaw's stances didn't fail to bring opposition, especially from his most notable opponent -- Mayor Henry Maier.  

Gousha said he remembers Maier starting a news conference saying "that damned Ed Hinshaw ..."  

When Hinshaw retired in 2002, the editorials at the station retired with him.  

But Hinshaw will not only be remembered for his commentary.  His role as "Coach Ed" on the Reitman and Mueller radio show on WKTI in the '80s and '90s was also a classic.  

As "Coach Ed," Hinshaw would read lyrics to pop songs like "Billy Jean" by Michael Jackson in his booming voice.  

Wearing a hat and sunglasses, he looked like a member of The Blues Brothers, said Jacobs.  "It was his alter-ego," Gousha said.  

Over the years, Hinshaw was a board member of the National First Amendment Congress, chairman of Milwaukee Urban League board and the Milwaukee Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and was a member of the National Broadcast Editorial Association.  

A past president of the Milwaukee Press Club, Hinshaw received numerous awards, including the National Broadcast Editorial Association's 1990 National Award for Excellence in Editorials and the Society of Professional Journalists' National Award for Distinguished Service.  He was also a member of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Hall of Fame and Milwaukee Press Club Hall of Fame.  

In 2010, Hinshaw was honored with a "Silver Circle Award" from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for his lifetime achievements in broadcasting.  

Hinshaw helped lead the effort to bring cameras into Wisconsin courtrooms, for which he received the 1994 Freedom of Information Award from the Milwaukee Chapter of Professional Journalists.  

"He reinforced beliefs that I held as a journalist that we have to be fair and look for multiple sides of a story because they're not just all black and white," Jacobs said.  "Often there's a lot of gray area in between."  

Off camera, Hinshaw was passionate about giving back and public service.  He served on the Milwaukee Center for Independence governance committee, on the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation.  

"He wasn't just a figure on TV, he was invested in the community," Jacobs said.  

Instead of a funeral or memorial service, his wife is planning a party in his honor.  

"He was just a 'party' kind of guy," Vicky said.  "He thought the best thing to do was celebrate his life."  

Hinshaw is survived by his wife; sons, Eric and Brian; and three grandsons.

Vicky's Email: -or-

Vicky's web site: http://www.victoriahinshaw.com

(photo)Photo: Edward Banks Hinshaw & Victoria Bigger wedding "Chicago Tribune", Jan 17 1965 5

(photo)Photo: Victoria Bigger Hinshaw 7

(photo)Photo: Ed & Vicky Hinshaw and family 6

(photo)Photo: Edward Banks Hinshaw 8


  1. Contribution from Waldo Hinshaw and Victoria Hinshaw.
  2. Contribution from Edward Banks Hinshaw.
  3. 1940 census, Aurora, Kane County, Illinois; roll T627-819, ED 45-26, page 5B, line #76, household #118.
  4. Contribution from Waldo Hinshaw and Victoria Hinshaw.
  5. "Chicago Tribune", Jan 17 1965; http://www.ancestry.com.
  6. Vicky's web site: http://www.victoriahinshaw.com/familypics.html.
  7. Vicky's web site: http://www.victoriahinshaw.com.
  8. Ed Hinshaw tribute; WTMJ Radio (Milwaukee, Wisconsin), Oct 2 2016:
  9. Ed Hinshaw tribute; WTMJ TV (Milwaukee, Wisconsin), Oct 2 2016:
  10. Ed Hinshaw tribute; "Milwauker Journal-Sentinal", Oct 3 2016:

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