Born in Freeport, Texas, Bill moved to New Orleans in 1955. From that point on, Bumgarner has called this city home.
Bill graduated from New Orleans Academy in 1967 before heading to Lafayette for college. He is a 1971 graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) with a degree in liberal arts in political science. Bumgarner cut his teeth in journalism as a writer with the school’s newspaper for three years,.
Bill was then hired at The States-Item on Dec. 22, 1972 and remained on staff when that publication merged with the Times-Picayune.
As primary assignments, Bumgarner covered state college sports for one year, high school sports for eight years, LSU basketball and football for five years and golf for eight years.
Bill covered high school sports for The Times-Picayune from May 1980 until July of 2009. He authored recruiting blue-chip lists from 1975 until 2007. He remains tapped into the local prep scene to this day.
Bill has covered every state championship football game on highest classification since 1975 as well as every Superdome Classic. He also has covered every Top 28 Basketball Tournament and state baseball tournament since 1975 involving local teams.
Bumgarner also works with the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in Natchitoches.