Pioneer Press political reporter Bill Salisbury recovering from heart attack

News broke over the weekend that PiPress Capitol reporter Bill Salisbury had suffered a massive heart attack, which made pretty much everyone who knows the well-respected veteran heartsick.

Thankfully, colleague Dennis Lien reports Salisbury is on the mend. “He had one heart attack, but his heart stopped four times,” Lien says. “He had it at home, and he was taken to United [Hospital] where he was on the respirator until Sunday or Monday. Both were tough days, I talked to him this morning and he sounded way better than I would have expected. I hung up feeling pretty good about where he’s at right now.”

PiPress editor Mike Burbach told staff Wednesday afternoon that Salisbury was out of intensive care Tuesday and walking with a lot of supervision. He started cardio rehab Wednesday and expects to be home for Christmas. 

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Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Nick Coleman on 12/14/2011 - 12:44 pm.

    Bill Salisbury is a horse — the hardest-working, smartest and toughest political reporter at the Capitol. If only he were as good-looking as Pat Kessler he’d be the full package. Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Bill, and Merry Christmas.

  2. Submitted by David Hanners on 12/14/2011 - 01:29 pm.

    The news of Bill’s heart attack was disturbing but it has been a relief to hear he’s improving. Bill is a fine journalist and a great guy, and it has been an honor to work in the same shop.

  3. Submitted by John Sherman on 12/15/2011 - 09:31 am.

    Bill get well quickly. My prayers are with you. And I think speak for the many thousand other sources who trust your integrity and greatly admire your prose.

  4. Submitted by Barb Yates on 12/15/2011 - 11:58 am.

    Count me among those that trust your integrity and admire your prose. Get well, Bill!

  5. Submitted by Jeff Cagle on 12/20/2011 - 03:29 pm.

    Bill Salisbury is a great man who asks great questions and never misses a beat. Wishing him a speedy recovery.

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