Timothy Bland Wilson

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Timothy (Tim) Bland Wilson, 59 years old, died peacefully at his home in Vienna, Virginia after a brave battle with cancer. He is survived by his daughters who were the pride and joy of his life, Virginia (Ginger) Wilson, Gwendolyn (Gwen) Wilson; sisters, Anne McEwan (Vincent McEwan), Terry Gottleib, and Nancy Morris (Charles Morris). His former wife, mother of his children and close friend, Clarissa Russell, cared for Tim during his illness.

Tim was co-founder and editor-in-chief of Dark Reading, an online cybersecurity reporting resource for cybersecurity professionals. He spent over 15 years with Dark reading and was named one of the top cybersecurity journalists in the US by the SANS Institute in 2010 and one of the Most Powerful Voices in Security by SYS-CON Media in 2011.

Tim grew up in Annandale, Virginia and graduated from Annandale High School. His path to journalism began at the College of William and Mary, his beloved alma mater, where he worked on the campus newspaper, The Flat Hat, as sports editor and then editor-in-chief. He also worked as a news reporter and DJ for the campus radio station. Tim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in government from William and Mary.

He loved history, the Washington Football Team and the Washington Nationals baseball team. Most of all, Tim loved his family and close friends fiercely. He brought joy, laughter, and pure honesty to all who knew him.

A Memorial service will be held Friday, June 24, 2022 at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 4801 Ravensworth Road, Annandale, VA 22003 at 3:00 PM

Memorial contributions in Tim's name may be made to St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 4801 Ravensworth Rd, Annandale, VA 22003 or to William and Mary College https://give.wm.edu/?utm_source=giving_wm_link&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=old_link_redirect (see below for active link)

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  1. The Owners and Staff at the Money and King Funeral Home, wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable. Please feel free to call us anytime as we are always available to you. Bob Gallagher Funeral Director

  2. I worked with Tim on the William & Mary newspaper, The Flat Hat. He was one of my assistant sports editors when I was sports editor, and went on to become sports editor and editor-in-chief of the paper. He was a true journalist and sports fan, and wonderful colleague to work with. We shared a lot of hard work and good times. I really enjoyed him. I ran into him once after college, sometime in the mid-to-late 1990s , and he was already getting into the internet field, as I remember. And turns out, he became something of a pioneer in the cybersecurity journalism field, which I find not just impressive, but daunting — and I’ve been in the telecom, media, and tech policy journalism field for more than 25 years! I am so sorry I wasn’t able to write before, as I have been consumed with work and family issues, but did want to record a few thoughts here. Tim deserves it. He was a great colleague and journalist, and all-around good guy! And I know he will be greatly missed. My heartfelt condolences for all his loved ones. — David Kaut

  3. Words can’t express how much I enjoyed working with and getting to know Tim throughout my time in cybersecurity. He was an incredible mentor and friend. He made every interview, conference, call, etc. more fun, and he really paid attention/cared for those he surrounded himself with. It still feels surreal to not be able to shoot him a text and grab happy hour at Jackson’s… Praying for peace for Tim’s entire family <3

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