Bill Fay Staff Writer
Bill “No Pay” Fay has lived a meager financial existence his entire life. He started writing/bragging about it seven years ago, helping birth Debt.org into existence as the site’s original “Frugal Man.” Prior to that, he spent more than 30 years covering college and professional sports, which are the fantasy worlds of finance. His work has been published by the Associated Press, New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Sports Illustrated and Sporting News, among others. His interest in sports has waned some, but his interest in never reaching for his wallet is as passionate as ever. Bill can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bill Fay Biography
Bill Fay came to Debt.org with 38 years of writing experience, 24 years of marriage experience and 21 years parenting experience . . . and still counting, in all three areas.
His writing is often a mixed bag of his triple life experiences as husband/father/Irish Catholic, though he insists that he seeks “information from someone on the other side” to include in all his stories.
“There are (at least) two sides to every story,” Bill said. “I already know mine and whatever I write certainly will reflect that. But I don’t like one-sided stories. I want to offer some balance by including information from the other side. That’s why I invite readers input/comment/criticism on any subject I write about.”
Bill has written for newspapers, magazines, broadcast journalism and marketing organizations during his professional career. His skills, however, were first developed by Sister Rosari at Ascension Catholic School.
“You’re never going to make a living playing sports,” the good nun told him in 7th grade, “so you’d better work a little harder on your writing.”
Sister Rosari, as usual, was correct.
Bill wrote about sports for 23 years, starting at the Tampa Tribune as a 19-year-old sophomore at the University of South Florida. He covered high school sports while finishing his last three years at USF, a school he describes as “having three pools, 26 tennis courts, an 18-hole golf course … and several buildings where you could go and learn something, if you wanted to.”
Bill continued covering preps his first three years out of college, then became the beat reporter for the Tribune’s coverage of the University of Miami during their run through the 80s that included three national championships and plenty of off-field drama.
At the same time, the Tribune had Bill report on the Miami Dolphins and the first five years of the Don Shula-Dan Marino era. He covered five AFC Championship games and Super Bowls XVIII and XXV in that capacity.
During that time, Bill was the Tribune’s primary writer for college basketball and baseball. He covered the NCAA Tournament from 1983-1988 and the College World Series during that same time period.
His last stop for the Tribune was as a beat writer for the Orlando Magic when the franchise started in 1989 through 1996, including the appearance in the 1995 NBA Finals.
He moved to Sunshine Network (now Sun Sports) in 1996 to start that company’s website and a nightly, hour-long show called Sunshine Network Live. His on-air appearances alongside TV veterans Pat Clarke and Charles Davis convinced Bill that writing was his most reliable communications skill.
He returned to writing in 2004, taking a job as the Communications Officer for LYNX, the public transportation agency in Orlando. He spent eight years at LYNX, writing speeches for the CEO, news stories, community presentations and advertising copy before one of the chief administrators decided “. . . the communications department no longer needs a writer.”
That opened the door to working for Debt.org and what Bill considers one of the most satisfying years of his life. His wife Susan secured full-time employment as an art teacher; his oldest son graduated from the University of Florida and is moving on to law school; his middle child is enrolled at Florida State and already involved in radio there and his youngest son just got his driver’s license.
Bill says that all those life experiences come in handy when writing about debt. He hopes visitors to Debt.org will accept his invitation to be part of the process in helping decide what stories to write and what slant to take on those stories to entertain and inform our readers.
Top Pages Written By Bill Fay
- Sep 21, 2020
Remember the second stimulus check?Forget it.Members of Congress have many things on their minds between now and election day, but sending another direct payment of $1,200 to U.S. workers, is not one of them.A second round of COVID-19 relief for ...
- Sep 15, 2020
Veterans indebted to the Department of Veterans Affairs won a partial payment reprieve this summer that will last at least through the end of 2020.The VA action extends a moratorium on debt collection that President Trump enacted in April, a measure aimed ...
- Aug 14, 2020
Dorothy surely wasn’t thinking of life in a COVID-19 pandemic when she clicked those heels in the “Wizard of Oz” and opined that ‘there’s no place like home.’But her words have proven true in 2020. In times of a contagious virus and high ...
- Aug 5, 2020
Congress and the White House are still debating whether the HEALS Act, HEROES Act – or some compromise Act in between – will deliver the next round of coronavirus relief to a wobbly American economy, but at least they’ve set a deadline.Well, sort of ...
- Jul 31, 2020
As warring congressional leaders play chicken with the nation’s fifth round of coronavirus-related relief, the only apparent certainty is a second stimulus check will, eventually, find their way into America’s bank accounts.In a perfect world, the ...
- Jul 21, 2020
When the House of Representative passed the $3-trillion HEROES Act on May 15, it all but guaranteed that a second stimulus check would arrive for Americans in need of financial help for COVID-19.How much that guarantee is worth and when it will be ...
- Jul 16, 2020
The storm is coming. American consumers will be filing personal bankruptcies in record numbers by the end of 2020.That is the projection from bankruptcy attorneys, bankers and other experts who project that the COVID-19 era will lead to a historic ...
- Jul 1, 2020
The phrase “stimulus check” is second only to “coronavirus” or “COVID-19” as something to talk about these days and people are definitely talking.About 159 million Americans have received the $1,200 check promised by the federal government, ...
- Jun 30, 2020
Everyone knows the old saying: Time flies when you’re procrastinating.Seems like only yesterday we were breezing past April 15 — the traditional deadline for income tax filing — and suddenly, the finish line looms again: Like a freight train heavy ...
- Jun 16, 2020
Don’t plan on receiving and cashing a second COVID-19 stimulus check just yet.A group of 20 fiscal hawks, many of the close advisors to President Trump, sent Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a scathing letter that said in part: “… ...
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