Bill Stout

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William Job "Bill" Stout (September 4, 1927 in Illinois – December 1, 1989 in Los Angeles, California) was an American broadcast journalist. A veteran for over thirty years, Stout's career began after World War II at the Los Angeles Times, from which he moved to CBS News.

Stout moderated Richard Nixon's press conference following his defeat in the California governor's race in 1962. Stout became a frequent stand-in for famed CBS Evening News anchor Walter Cronkite. In the early 1960s, Stout hosted a half-hour TV series, Line of Sight, in which he aired his commentaries on current news topics. The series was produced by Irwin Rosten at KTLA for Paramount Pictures Company.

Stout left CBS News in the 1980s and ended his career as an anchor for the CBS-owned station in Los Angeles KCBS-TV, then known as KNXT. At KNXT, he was also known as a highly regarded investigative reporter and political commentator who preferred to ignore partisan ideologies and divisions. He also interviewed Richard Feynman in 1959 for KNXT.[1]

As part of his commentary at KNXT, he regularly chose a person or entity as the winner of his "Golden Turkey of the Month." One of these was Judith Belushi, widow of TV-movie comic John Belushi; the subject was John's biography Wired. Ms. Belushi complained that the book was unfair in that it did not say that "drugs can be fun" (John Belushi died from a drug overdose.) Stout commented, "For what has to rank as an all-time low in widows' tributes" Judith Belushi was that month's Golden Turkey winner.

On February 3, 1988, Stout received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in the television industry, located at 1500 Vine Street.[2][3]

Bill Stout died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from cardiac arrest. He was 62 years old.[4]

He is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles.


Year Title Role Notes
1958 I Want to Live! Bill Stout - TV Newsman Uncredited
1963 The Ugly American Tyler, NBC Reporter
1964 The Best Man Himself
1972 The Candidate Himself (CBS)


  1. ^ Feynman, Michelle (2005). Perfectly Reasonable Deviations From The Beaten Track, The Letters of Richard P. Feynman. New York: Basic Books. p. 486. ISBN 0-7382-0636-9.
  2. ^ "Bill Stout | Hollywood Walk of Fame". Retrieved 2016-10-06.
  3. ^ "Bill Stout - Hollywood Star Walk - Los Angeles Times". Retrieved 2016-10-06.
  4. ^ FOLKART, BURT A. (1989-12-02). "KCBS Commentator Bill Stout, Newscasting Pioneer, Dies at 62". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2016-10-06.