Bill Kurtis Biography
Bill Kurtis is an energetic American news anchor, narrator, television producer, and television journalist. He is currently the scorekeeper and announcer for National Public Radio’s (NPR) news comedy and quiz show Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! At the same time, he hosts Through the Decades, a documentary-style news magazine that airs on CBS/Weigel Broadcasting’s digital multicast network, Decades syndicated subchannel.
Bill Kurtis Age
Bill Kurtis was born in Pensacola, Florida, United States of America on September 21, 1940. He is 81 years old.
Bill Kurtis Height
Bill stands at a height of 5 ft 8 in/1.73m tall.
Bill Kurtis Family
Bill was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida by his parents, Wilma Mary Horton and William A. Kuretich (Croatian: Kureti). Wilma died in 2001 after being born in 1911. William, a Croatian-born United States Marine Corps brigadier general, and decorated World War II veteran was born in 1914 and died in 2001.
William’s military career required a lot of travel for his family, who eventually settled in Independence, Kansas after he retired. Bill’s sister’s name is Jean Schodorf. She is a former Wichita, Kansas, state Senate Majority Whip.
Bill Kurtis Wife
Bill was previously married to Helen Kurtis. The duo had two kids, Their daughter, Mary Kristen, was born in 1966, and their son, Scott, in 1970. Helen died of breast cancer on June 11, 1977, at the age of 36, in Omaha, Nebraska.
Bill married his second wife, Donna La Pietra, on December 13, 2017. She has been a partner for 40 years and is a former Chicago TV news producer. Donna is Bill’s business partner in Productions. He has homes in both Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood and Mettawa, Illinois.
Bill Kurtis Kids
In 1966, Bill and his late wife Helen Kurti welcomed a baby girl named Mary Kristen in Chicago. Bill and his daughter are honorary co-chairs of the Oklahoma Indian Summer Festival in 2014. Mary spent her adolescent summers on her grandparent’s farm in Kansas. She later relocated to San Francisco, where she worked in the construction industry for 20 years.
Mary worked as a building permit expediter while she was there. She eventually relocated to Sedan, Kansas, with her partner, David Parsons, to manage her father’s ranch. Mary and David eventually sold all of the ranch’s cattle and horses in order to buy buffalo.
On their 10,000 acres, the two currently manage a herd of 60 buffalos. The preservation of the native prairie has become a priority. In 1970, he and his late wife Helen Kurti welcomed a son named Scott. Scott, on the other hand, died on July 20, 2009, at the age of 38, at Bill’s Kansas cattle ranch. Scott had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in his mid-teens.
Bill Kurtis Education
Bill graduated with honors from Independence High School in 1958. Later, he enrolled at the University of Kansas, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in journalism in 1962. After completing his studies, he was awarded a Juris Doctor degree by Washburn University School of Law in 1966.
While attending law school, he worked part-time at WIBW-TV in Topeka, Kansas. After passing the Kansas bar exam and landing a job with a Wichita, Kansas law firm, he discussed his options with Harry Colmery and Bob McClure of Colmery and Russell. He then decided not to pursue a legal career.
Bill Kurtis Salary
Bill receives an annual salary of $74,385.
Bill Kurtis Net Worth
Bill has an accumulated net worth of $3 million.
Bill Kurtis Career
Bill hosted The Miracle Planet, a four-part science series on PBS in 1986, and a four-part series on the Central Intelligence Agency in 1987. Bill Kurtis founded his own documentary production company, Kurtis Productions, in 1988. In the same year, he produced “Return to Chernobyl” for the PBS series Nova.
He narrated nearly 1,000 documentaries, and his Productions produced nearly 500 documentaries for series such as A&E’s Investigative Reports and Cold Case Files, PBS’s The New Explorers, and the History Channel’s Investigating History. He also hosted Towers Productions’ American Justice.
In 1994, he obtained a videotape of Richard Speck, who was convicted of murdering eight student nurses in Chicago in 1966. The video showed Richard having jailhouse sex and using drugs inside the Stateville Correctional Center in Joliet, Illinois. The journalist produced a documentary for A&E Network and aired a report on WBBM-TV in Chicago. The documentary shocked the nation and resulted in the most significant changes to the Illinois penal system in Joliet’s history.
The journalist hosted several A&E crime and news documentary shows, including American Justice, Investigative Reports, and Cold Case Files. Bill previously hosted The CBS Morning News. He is also the longtime anchor of WBBM-TV in Chicago, which is owned and operated by CBS. The journalist narrated Peter Byck’s 2010 documentary film Carbon Nation. He also played the narrator in Will Ferrell’s 2004 film Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, as well as its 2013 sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. On July 8, 2013, Bill was named the Voice of Illinois Tourism.
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