Bill Geist

Bill Geist is known as a retired American author, columnist, and television journalist. He is most famous for his work on CBS.

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Background and Age

Bill Geist was born on May 10, 1945, in Champaign, Illinois. Geist attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in Communications in 1968. He went on to attend the University of Missouri where he obtained a master's degree in Communications in 1971. He was eventually granted privileged doctoral degrees from the University of Cincinnati and the University of Illinois.

Marriage, Wife, and Kids

Geist married his wife Jody in June of 1979 and the couple soon had a daughter named Libby and a son named Willie who went on to become the host of NBC's "Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist".

His daughter, Libby Geist Wildes, was a producer of the 2017 Oscar-winning documentary "O.J.: Made In America."


In 2012, Geist publicly confirmed that he had Parkinson's disease on "CBS Sunday Morning".

Career and Net Worth

In 1972, Bill Geist began his career at the Chicago Tribune's Suburban Trib subsidiary. He was a journalist and feature writer for eight years. Geist filled in as a battle photographer with the First Infantry Division in Vietnam and was granted the Bronze Star. He worked at the Chicago paper until he joined the New York Times as a columnist in 1980. His "About New York" segment appeared two times every week.

He has authored a number of bestselling books starting in 1985 with "Toward a Safe & Sane Halloween & Other Tales of Suburbia". Geist also wrote "The Zucchini Plague and Other Tales of Suburbia" in 1987 and "City Slickers" in 1990. His book "Little League Confidential" is a record of coaching his son's and little girl's baseball crews. His book, "Way Off the Road", is a collection of stories from "CBS Sunday Morning" on "the peculiar charms of small-town America".

In 2014, he and his son, Willie, co-wrote a top rated father-child journal, "Good Talk Dad ... The Birds and Bees and Other Conversations We Forgot To Have". He has contributed stories to various magazines running including Rolling Stone, Forbes, Vogue, and Esquire.

Geist joined CBS as a correspondent in August of 1987 and he would go on contribute to "CBS Evening News", "60 Minutes II", and "CBS Sports". He also appeared regularly over the course of three decades on "CBS Sunday Morning" where he would give his opinion on American pop culture and current events. While at CBS News, Geist's reports have been featured on many digital and television broadcasting platforms.

Geist has also contributed his commentary to CBS Television Network broadcasts of the Winter Olympics, the World Series, the Super Bowl, and the NCAA basketball tournament.

Geist has been awarded three Emmy Awards for his work on "CBS Sunday Morning." Geist also got the 2007 Marist College Lowell Thomas Award, which honors people whose work "reflects the imagination, courage, ambition and humanity" of Thomas, the prestigious author, explorer, and broadcaster. In 2011, he was granted a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his 'informative, entertaining" TV announcing.

Quick Facts
Birth Date: 10 May, 1945
Age: 74 yrs
Occupations: Journalist
Citizenship: United States of America
Birth Place: Champaign
Gender: Male
Description: Journalist
Net Worth 2020: 12 million
Net Worth 2021: 14 million
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Last Modified: Jun 28 2020
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