Bill Geist Biography
Bill Geist is a two time Emmy award winning American journalist, author, and columnist. He is a correspondent on CBS News Sunday Morning. In 2011 he won the 2437th Hollywood Walk of Fame. Geist was awarded honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Cincinnati and the University of Illinois.
Bill Geist Age
He was born on 10th May 1945 and is 74 years as of 2019.
Bill Geist Education
Geist attended and graduated from Champaign Central High School in Champaign, Illinois. In 1968 he graduated with a degree in communications from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and from the University of Missouri in 1971 with a Master’s degree in communications.
Bill Geist Family
His birth name is William Everett Geist. He was born in Champaign, Illinois, United States.
Bill Geist Education
He went to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he graduated with a BA in Communications (1968), and the University of Missouri, graduating with an MA in Communications (1971).
Bill Geist Wife
He married Jody Lewis with whom they have two children son Willie Geist and daughter Libby Geist. He is the grandfather to George Geist and Lucie Joy Geist.
Bill Geist Son
Bill Geist son is Wille Geist (William Russell Geist) who is an American media personality who is the co-anchor of MSNBC’s Morning Joe and anchor of Sunday Today with Willie Geist. He also frequently serves as a fill-in anchor on both the weekday edition and the Saturday edition of Today. Geist is a correspondent for NBC News and NBC Sports, hosting and contributing to NBC’s Olympic coverage.
Bill Geist Daughter
Bill Geist daughter is Libby Geist who is a producer and a graduate from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Together with her team, they were awarded the 2008 George Foster Peabody Award for Black Magic (2008), a documentary about basketball programs at historically black colleges and universities. In 2010 they were again awarded the 2010 George Foster Peabody Award for 30 (2009), a documentary about the founding and the anniversary of ESPN network.
Bill Geist Parkinson’s
On 1st July 2012, Bill Geist announced on air that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. In November 2014 Bill attended and spoke at Parkinson’s Disease Southern Symposium.
Geist said that he kept his disease a secret as he did not want his family to worry, and he didn’t want the disease to define who he was. He added that his disease could have hurt his professional career and opportunities for promotions.
“I didn’t want to be the subject of pity, I didn’t want to think about it.”
Geist explained the struggle he faces with the disease as he can no longer read his own handwriting, he rarely eats without spilling something, his mobility is altered and he has insomnia.
“It now takes me several tries to send an email, especially from the back of a cab in New York City,” he said. “They aim for potholes.”
Bill Geist Career
Geist began his career as a photographer with the First Infantry Division in Vietnam in 1969. In 1972 he joined Chicago Tribune as a reporter and columnist until 1980. Geist 1980 he joined The New York Times as a columnist, “About New York” column which appeared twice a week until 1987.
In 1987 he joined CBS News Sunday Morning as a correspondent. While at CBS he was a host for several top shows such as the CBS Evening News, 60 minutes II, and CBS Sports.
He received two Emmy Awards for his work on Sunday Morning. One in 1992 for his report on the 66th anniversary of America’s famed Route 66 and in 2005 for his profile of Fred Carl, who started the Viking Range company in Greenwood, Miss., and completely revitalized this small, impoverished town.
He received the 2007 Marist College Lowell Thomas Award that recognizes individuals whose work “reflects the imagination, courage, ambition and humanity” of Thomas, the renowned author, traveler, and broadcaster.
Bill Geist Books
- 1985: The zucchini plague and other tales of suburbia
- 1987: City slickers
- 1988: City Slickers Counter Display
- 1992: Little League Confidential: One Coach’s Completely Unauthorized Tale of Survival
- 1994: Monster trucks & hair-in-a-can
- 1997: The Big Five-Oh! Fearing, Facing, and Fighting Fifty
- 2001: Fore! Play: The Last American Male Takes Up Golf
- 2004: Destination Leadership for Boards
- 2007: Way Off the Road: Discovering the Peculiar Charms of Small-town America
- 2014: Good Talk, Dad: The Birds and the Bees…and Other Conversations We Forgot to Have