Dennis “D.J.” Wilson, a native St. Louisan and well-known reporter and radio show host, died Saturday at his home. He was 67.
Mr. Wilson, who was the communications coordinator for the East-West Gateway Council of Governments, had been battling brain cancer.
A graduate of Bishop DuBourg High, Wilson had a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and a master’s degree in urban affairs from St. Louis University.
After working at reporting jobs in out-state Missouri, Louisiana and Texas, Mr. Wilson returned to his hometown in 1995 and worked at the Riverfront Times until 2003.
Mr. Wilson went on to write for St. Louis magazine and several area publications. He also hosted the “Collateral Damage” talk show on KDHX (88.1 FM) and occasionally appeared on “Donnybrook” on KETC (Channel 9).
“D.J. had a knack for finding stories and offbeat characters that people found fascinating,” said Roland Klose, a Post-Dispatch editor who worked with Wilson from 1999 to 2003.
Said Klose, “Everybody, it seemed, liked D.J. Wilson — even people who couldn’t stand each other.”
Mr. Wilson’s survivors include his wife, Cole, eight children and eight grandchildren. No funeral arrangements have been set.
A memorial for D.J. Wilson will held from 5-9 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at St. Frances Cabrini Academy, 3022 Oregon Avenue in St. Louis.
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