Bill Whitaker Biography
Bill Whitaker is an Emmy-Award-Winning American Correspondent/Reporter working for CBS News as a Correspondent for 60 Minutes since March 2014. He joined the network in the year November 1984 1985 as a News reporter in the Greater Los Angeles Area.
Bill Whitaker Education
Whitaker is a proud graduate of Hobart and William Smith College where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in American history. He then went on to join Boston University where he obtained a Master’s Degree in African-AAmerican studies.
Whitaker also obtained a master’s Degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley. He was later awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1997. There, he was allowing companies to replace Americans with foreign workers and won a Sigma Delta Chi award. He also won another report on the biggest data leak in Swiss banking history which won an Emmy.
Bill Whitaker Career
Whitaker works with CBS News where he serves the station as a Correspondent for 60 Minutes. In the course of her career, she has covered major news stories domestically and across the globe for CBS News for over four decades. he also happens to be the 2018 winner of the RTDNA’s highest honor, the Paul White Award for career achievement. March of 2014 saw him being named the 60 Minutes Correspondent. The 2021-2022 season was his eighth year on the broadcast.
He has also covered the investigation into the “ghost guns” which highlighted the legal purchase of gun parts that criminals are using to make deadly weapons and avoid license and background checks. Asides from this, he also reported on the race for a vaccine and drugs to combat the coronavirus and the use of artificial intelligence to track the contagion.
The year 2019 saw him get the first television interview with sex assault victim Chanel Miller and earlier that year was the first report on the evidence states were using to sue makers of generic drugs. The state’s attorney described this as a massive collusion and price-fixing scheme that cost consumers billions.
His investigations with the Washington Post into the origins of the opioid crisis won more awards than any other 60 Minutes work. The first report on this two-part series revealed how the DEA’s office efforts to curb the epidemic were hampered by a law pushed by drug industry lobbyists.
This report was credited with forcing the law’s chief sponsor, a congressman to withdraw his nomination for the Trump Administration’s drug czar. Afterward, he told how the biggest opioid case in U.S. history against one of the world’s largest drug distribution companies was settled by the government in a deal that shocked DEAA agents. In the eight awards, he won, including the DuPont-Columbia University award, an Emmy Awar, n RTDNA Murrow Award and the Peabody Award.
His 60 minutes reporting has taken him to Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia in his four seasons in the show. This includes a timely investigation of the vetting process Syrian refugees undergo before coming to the U.S, and an interview with the highest-ranking North Korean official to defect in decades.
During his investigation of the H-1B visa program’s loophole, Whitaker frequently reported from overseas as well as covering the funeral of Nelson Mandela from South Africa. Asides from this, he also did pieces from Japan on the Fukushima nuclear disaster and from Haiti after the earthquake there. This is in addition to reporting from Kabul during the early stages of the War in Afghanistan.
His reporting has also provided keen insights into the hot-button of race and policing in America with his reports from Cleveland, Chicago, and recently Tulsa, Oklahoma. There, he got the newsmaking first interview with the city police officer accused of manslaughter for shooting an unarmed black man.
Asides from this, his stories have drawn attention to death penalty issues in the U.S. and America’s heroin epidemic. He has also chronicled the epic battle to capture and hold Mexico’s infamous drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, gaining rare access to investigations on both sides of the border.
Prior to joining the 60 minutes team, he has covered virtually all the major news stories in the West since he was posted to Los Angeles in 1992. there, he was reporting regularly for the CBS Evening News another CBS News broadcast. Whitaker has also worked for Sunday Morning turning out feature stories and thoughtful profiles. These include Barbra Streisand, Gladys Knight, and Norman Lear. Among his favorite Sunday Morning profiles was of ex-boxer Mike Tyson. He has also interviewed the First lady Michelle Obama and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.
Whitaker frequently reported from overseas as well, covering the funeral of Nelson Mandela in South Africa. He also did pieces from Japan on the Fukushima nuclear disaster and from Haiti after the tragic earthquake there. He reported from Kabul during the early stages of the war in Afghanistan. The year 2008 saw him cover Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. He was also CBS News’ lead reporter on the 2000 presidential campaign of George W. Bush. Previously, he was also serving as CBS News’ Tokyo correspondent between 1989 and 1992.
While there, he covered stories throughout Asia which include the enthronement of Japan’s Emperor Akihito, military coup attempts in the Philippines, and the pro-democracy uprising in Tiananmen Square. Asides from this, he was in Baghdad for the build-up to Desert Storm. Prior to this, he was based in Atlanta between 1985 and 1988 where he was privileged to receive an Emmy for his reports on the collapse of Jim and Tammy Bakker’s television ministry. While there, he also covered the 1988 presidential campaign of Michael Dukakis.
Prior to joining the CBS News team, he was working as a correspondent for WBTV-TV, a CBS affiliate in Charlotte, North Carolina. He kick-started his broadcasting career working for KQED-TV in San Francisco. There, he was serving the station as a researcher/writer, associate producer, and producer.
Bill Whitaker Age
Whitaker is 71 years old as of 2022. He was born on the 26th of August 1951 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Whitaker celebrates his birthday on the 26th of August every year.
Bill Whitaker Height
He stands at an approximate height of 6 feet 1 inch.
Bill Whitaker Family
Whitaker was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States to his loving and caring parents, mary Whitaker, mother, and William Whitaker, father. He was raised alongside his sister named Gail Whitaker. We will update this information once more information regarding his family is available to the public.
Bill Whitaker Wife
Whitaker is married to his wife, Terry who he manages to keep information about away from the limelight. Together, the duo are proud parents to their two children a son named William and a daughter named Lesley. As a family, they reside in New York City, United States.
Bill Whitaker Net Worth
Whitaker has an estimated net worth ranging between $1 Million – $5 Million which he has earned from his successful career as a Correspondent/Reporter.
Bill Whitaker Salary
Whitaker earns an annual salary ranging between $40,000 – $ 110,500.
Bill Whitaker CBS News
Whitaker works at CBS News where he works alongside other famous CBS News anchors, reporters, meteorologists, and sports anchors including;
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- Seth Doane
- Tony Dokoupil
- Jericka Duncan
- Vladimir Duthiers
- Carter Evans
- Pamela Falk
- Major Garrett
- Jeff Glor
- Catherine Herridge
- Caitlin Huey-Burns
- Ramy Inocencio
- Dana Jacobson
- Gayle King
- Ian Lee
- Lilia Luciano
- Michelle Miller
- Erin Moriarty
- Ed O’Keefe
- Meg Oliver