Bill Weir in 2004
December 19, 1967 |
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Alma mater||Pepperdine University|
William Francis Weir (born December 19, 1967) is an American television journalist and anchor for CNN. He is the former co-anchor of Nightline on ABC television network in the United States. Before Nightline, he was a co-host of the weekend edition of Good Morning America from 2004 to 2010.
Weir began his career in 1991 as a general assignment reporter and weekend sportscaster at KAAL in Austin, Minnesota. Weir next became the sports anchor at WLUK in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and went on to anchor the WGN Morning News on WGN in Chicago from 1995 to 1998. Weir was sports anchor at KABC-TV in Los Angeles from 1998 to 2002, where he hosted the popular weekly Monday Night Live program which aired after Monday Night Football. Between 2002 and 2004, he developed, wrote and hosted three television pilots for the USA and FX Networks.
Since Weir joined ABC News in 2004, he has covered breaking news and global trends such as reporting on the economic rise of China and India were signature features on Good Morning America.[clarification needed] World News devoted air time to his reports from Africa, the Middle East and the South Pacific. He went to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, as well as Afghanistan in 2010 and led the network's coverage of Iraq, Where Things Stand at the height of the American troop surge. Weir has anchored several launches and landings of the Space Shuttle, was the first American to broadcast live from Tibet and led off 2007's Earth Day special with an unprecedented underwater live report from the Great Barrier Reef.
In June 2007, Weir was named anchor of the short-lived ABC News magazine "iCaught." As a writer and anchor, he produced special hours for the network on topics ranging from religion to brain science to the rise and fall of General Motors.
On May 25, 2011, he was an expert to the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
Bill also creates a Yahoo blog called "This Could Be Big" that features up and coming inventions that could make a significant impact on everyday life.
CNN announced on October 12, 2013, that Bill was joining the network as an anchor and Chief Innovation Correspondent.
Bill Weir's final story for Nightline, a piece about the popular photography blog Humans of New York, aired Friday, October 11, on ABC. In an interview with blog creator Brandon Stanton, Weir said, "I'm a jaded, cynical journalist... The things that tend to get me are the smaller moments of human connection. I remember one time in India, I saw a legless child being handed off between his father and mother. It was simple but that really moved me. Ever since I had a child of my own, I've been really vulnerable to displays of parental love."
- "Bill Weir: Co-Anchor, Good Morning America Weekend Edition". ABC News. 2007-05-09. Retrieved 2008-10-23.
- "Afghanistan: Inside a Firefight". Retrieved 2010-01-11.
- Hale, Mike (2007-08-14). "TV Meets the Web. All Is Safe". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-10-23.
- Stelter, Brian (July 23, 2010). "A ‘Nightline’ Anchor Leaves, and a Morning Face Arrives". New York Times. Retrieved 23 July 2010.
- "'Humans of New York': Photog Gone Viral". Video - ABC News. 10/11/2013. Retrieved 2013-10-25.
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- ABC News Bio
- GMAW video, "Bill Weir: Tights, Couch Surfing and a Dream"
- World News video, "Inside a Firefight'