May 10, 1945
Champaign, Illinois, U.S.
|Education||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, '68
University of Missouri, '71
|Title||Correspondent, CBS News Sunday Morning|
|Children||Willie and Libby|
Geist was born in Champaign, Illinois, and graduated from Champaign Central High School. He served in the United States Army as a combat photographer with the First Infantry Division in Vietnam,where he was awarded the Bronze Star. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, graduating with a BA Communications (1968), and the University of Missouri, graduating with an MA in Communications (1971). He later returned to the University of Illinois, giving the speech at the 2005 commencement. Geist was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011 for his "informative, entertaining" CBS reports.
Geist began his career in 1972 when he joined the Chicago Tribune's Suburban Trib subsidiary, where he worked as a reporter and columnist until 1980. From 1980 until 1987, he was a New York Times columnist; his "About New York" column appeared twice a week during this time. In August 1987, he joined CBS as a correspondent, where he contributed to CBS Evening News, 60 Minutes II and CBS Sports. He appears regularly on CBS Sunday Morning hosted by Charles Osgood, where he offers the Everyman's perspective on American pop culture and current events.
Geist is the bestselling author of a number of books including:
- Toward a Safe & Sane Halloween & Other Tales of Suburbia (1985)
- The Zucchini Plague and Other Tales of Suburbia (1987)
- City Slickers (1990)
- Little League Confidential: One Coach's Completely Unauthorized Tale of Survival (1992)
- Monster Trucks and Hair in a Can: Who Says America Doesn't Make Anything Anymore? (1994)
- The Big Five-Oh: Facing, Fearing, and Fighting Fifty (1997)
- FORE! PLAY: The Last American Male Takes Up Golf (2001)
- Way Off the Road: Discovering the Peculiar Charms of Small Town America (2007)
Awards and honors
Geist and his wife Jody, who were married in June 1970, live in New York City and have two children: Willie Geist, a television personality on NBC and MSNBC, and Libby Geist, a two-time Peabody Award-winning documentary film producer at ESPN.
- CBS News | Bill Geist | March 6, 2003 17:38:02
- "Bill Geist". CBS News. Retrieved July 4, 2012.
- Bill Geist to receive star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, April 11, 2011]
- "CBS Correspondent Bill Geist Receives ‘Walk Of Fame’ Star". CBS Los Angeles. April 15, 2011. Retrieved July 4, 2012.
- "Author, CBS commentator Bill Geist to be commencement speaker at Illinois". Retrieved March 9, 2013.
- Salamone, Gina (July 3, 2012). "Inner Tube: CBS ‘Sunday Morning’ correspondent Bill Geist has Parkinson’s disease". New York Daily News. Retrieved July 4, 2012.