Bill Hawkins came to The Post and Courier as executive editor in March 2005, from Durham, North Carolina, where he spent 17 years as executive editor and vice president of The Herald-Sun. He was named publisher of The Post and Courier in April 2009, and in that capacity is also responsible for advertising, circulation and digital operations. Under his tenure, The Post and Courier has surpassed The State as the largest newspaper in South Carolina. Hawkins is president of the South Carolina Press Association. He serves on the boards of the Trident Literacy Association, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and Trident United Way. He chaired the 2010 United Way Day of Caring. Hawkins, who grew up in Pennsylvania, is a graduate of Cornell University, and earned a Bronze Star as an intelligence officer with the 11th Infantry Brigade in Vietnam. He began his newspaper career as a reporter in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and was also a reporter and editor at The Baltimore Sun. He and his wife, Diane, who are parents of two grown sons, live in Mount Pleasant.