Bill Geist

Bill Geist

Bill Geist
Born (1945-05-10) May 10, 1945
Champaign, Illinois, U.S.
Education University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, '68
B.A. Communications
University of Missouri, '71
Master's Communications
Title Correspondent, CBS News Sunday Morning
Children Willie Geist
Libby Geist Wildes
Website CBS bio

William "Bill" Geist (born May 10, 1945) is an American author, columnist, and television journalist.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Awards and honors 3
  • Personal life 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

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 in Communications (1968), and the University of Missouri, graduating with an MA in Communications (1971).


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.[1]

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 won an Emmy Award in 1992 and 2005. In 2011, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[2][3][4] In 2005, Geist was the commencement speaker at the University of Illinois.[5]

Personal life

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 Wildes, a two-time Peabody Award-winning documentary film producer at ESPN.

On July 1, 2012, Geist confirmed on CBS Sunday Morning that he has Parkinson's disease.[6]


  1. ^ "CBS News – Bill Geist – March 6, 2003 17:38:02". CBS News. 
  2. ^ "Bill Geist". CBS News. Retrieved July 4, 2012. 
  3. ^ Bill Geist to receive star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, April 11, 2011]
  4. ^ "CBS Correspondent Bill Geist Receives ‘Walk Of Fame’ Star". CBS Los Angeles. April 15, 2011. Retrieved July 4, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Author, CBS commentator Bill Geist to be commencement speaker at Illinois". Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  6. ^ 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. 

External links

  • Bill Geist at IMDB
  • CBS News Sunday Morning