Jack Williams (news anchor)

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Jack Williams
Born October 29, 1944 (1944-10-29) (age 69) [1]
Pocatello, Idaho
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Oregon (B.S., Journalism, 1968) [2]
Occupation TV presenter, journalist
Known for news anchor on WBZ-TV in Boston

Jack Williams is the 6 PM weekday news anchor on WBZ-TV in Boston, Massachusetts.

Up until 2012, he worked with Lisa Hughes as an anchor at 6 and 11 PM; in 2012 he decided to stop working the 11 PM news and only work the 6 PM.[1]

First paired with Tony Pepper, he has been a lead anchor at the station since 1975. He was demoted briefly in the late 1970s to the 5:30 newscast, but quickly regained one of the top anchor slots with the popular Liz Walker as co-anchor for both the 6:00 and 11:00 newscasts until 1992, when the station went to a half hour format at 6:00, and instead began their evening news at 5:00.

On Tuesday, March 20, 2012, Williams announced he was stepping down from the 11 PM newscasts, but will continue on the station as a co-anchor on the 6 pm newscast.[1]

Early career[edit]

Originally from Pocatello, Idaho, Williams worked in radio from 1959 until he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Oregon in 1968. During college, he worked as a news anchor/reporter for KUGN Radio in Eugene, Oregon.

He first appeared on television in 1968 on KIRO-TV in Seattle, Washington, anchoring their 11:00 news. He later worked at KORK-TV in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he was the principal anchor and news director, before joining WBZ in 1975.

Wednesday's Child[edit]

In 1981, Williams founded "Wednesday's Child", a non-profit adoption agency for special needs children. A different child is featured every Wednesday at 6PM. He has been honored by Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton at the White House for his efforts.

Honorary degrees[edit]

Williams has received honorary doctorate degrees from Curry College, Salem State University, Fitchburg State University, Merrimack College, Framingham State University, Worcester State University, Newbury College, and Wheelock College.[3]

Awards[edit]

  • 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA).
  • Inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame
  • 2012 Yankee Quill Award (Academy of New England Journalists)
  • 2001 Governor’s Award from the New England Emmy organization, recognizing his career accomplishments.
  • 1997 honored at the White House by President Bill Clinton and the First Lady, with the first Adoption 2002 Excellence Award.
  • 1990 Martin Luther Burstein Volunteer Award
  • 1987 N. Neal Pike Prize for service to handicapped persons by Boston University Law School
  • 1986 Presidential Citation from President Ronald Reagan in the Rose Garden at the White House for “Wednesday’s Child”
  • 1984 first national media award ever presented by the Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps (TASH)

Personal[edit]

Williams lives in the MetroWest part of Massachusetts with his wife, Marci. Has four daughters, Kari, Tracy, Wendy, and Amy from a previous marriage.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Jack Williams Changes Role On WBZ-TV", CBS Local, March 20, 2012
  2. ^ "Bio: Jack Williams", Jack Williams' Endowment for Wednesday's Child website
  3. ^ Jack Williams Biography, WBZ-TV website, accessed July 3, 2010

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