Bill Griffeth

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Bill Griffeth
Born William C. Griffeth
(1956-08-07) August 7, 1956 (age 61)
Los Angeles, California
United States
Nationality American
Alma mater California State University, Northridge
Occupation Financial journalist
Title Anchor of CNBC's Closing Bell

William C. "Bill" Griffeth (born August 7, 1956) is an American financial journalist from CNBC, the cable network he has been with since 1991.

Since 1992, Griffeth and his wife and family have been residents of Park Ridge, New Jersey.[1]

Journalism career[edit]

Prior to joining CNBC, Griffeth was part of the production team that started the Financial News Network in 1981. During his 10 years there he was nominated for a CableACE award as best news anchor for his work anchoring FNN's coverage of the 1987 stock market crash.

Griffeth joined CNBC in 1991, when NBC purchased FNN and merged it with CNBC. He has anchored a number of programs for CNBC, including Power Lunch (Monday-Friday, 12-2pm ET), which he co-anchored with Sue Herera. He garnered 6 more CableACE nominations along the way.

On November 19, 2009, CNBC president Mark Hoffman announced in an email to the staff that Griffeth would be taking a one-year leave of absence from the cable channel. His last day, at least for the next year, was Wednesday, November 25, 2009. [2]

On January 3, 2011, Griffeth returned to CNBC to co-anchor the Closing Bell (Monday-Friday, 3-4pm ET).

Host shows[edit]


Griffeth has also written four books to date, two on finances: Bill Griffeth's Ten Steps to Financial Prosperity (Warner Books), which was published in 1994, and The Mutual Fund Masters (McGraw-Hill), which was published in 1995. Both books were Fortune Book Club main selections. His third book is "By Faith Alone: One Family's Epic Journey Through American Protestantism" [3](Random House), which was published in 2007 and deals with his family history. His most recent book, Stranger in My Genes, explores Griffeth's decision to undergo a DNA analysis — which revealed that the father who raised him was not his biological father — and his search for the truth about his parents, upbringing and family.[4]


Along with his co-anchor Sue Herera, Griffeth received his bachelor's degree in Journalism in 1980 from California State University, Northridge. While a student at CSUN, Griffeth co-hosted a weekly interview show, "Straightalk," with Rick Holicker, on KCSN, the university's then-NPR-affiliated radio station. Along with Holicker, he won the Golden Mike Award from the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California for a documentary on NASA's Viking program, titled "The Flight to Mars." In 2000, CSUN honored him with its Distinguished Alumnus Award.

References and footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Rohan, Virginia. "CNBC's Bill Griffeth on how a DNA test 'complicated' his life", The Record (Bergen County), October 10, 2016. Accessed October 19, 2016. "In 1992, Bill — who settled with Cindy (a fellow Los Angeles native) in Park Ridge, where they raised their son Chad, now 27, and daughter Carlee, 25."
  2. ^ Bill Griffeth (2009-11-24). "Bill Griffeth on Leave absence Announcement". Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  3. ^ Bill Griffeth (2010-12-30). "Bill Griffeth on By Faith Alone: One Family's Epic Journey Through American Protestantism". Retrieved 2009-12-30. 
  4. ^ CNBC anchor Bill Griffeth got the shock of his life after a simple DNA test., 6 September 2016.