Viewers of the nightly ABC news show Nightline in early 2010 will fondly remember Bill Weir as the show’s co-host. The television journalist, who has also worked as a sports presenter, actor, and screenwriter, stood out from his peers and wrote himself into the record books for being the first American to broadcast from Tibet and for his unprecedented live underwater coverage of the Great Barrier Reef. Read on to learn more about his career and other facts.
Bill Weir Biography
Bill Weir was born on December 19, 1967, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, as William Francis Weir. Details about his family, such as the names and professions of his parents, are not known. However, it is known that his parents ended their marriage when he was very young.
As the story tells, Weir, who was raised by his devout Christian mother alone, attended 17 schools in six different states. The young boy often moved from one place to another because his mother, in search of her true destiny, followed what she called dreams of God.
He then graduated from high school, the Victory Christian High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, before enrolling at Oral Roberts University. His stay here proved to be short, as he transferred to Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, where he met the requirements for a degree in journalism and creative writing.
After graduating from college, Bill Weir found a job in Austin, Minnesota in 1991 as a reporter and weekend sports reporter for the ABC television station KAAL. He later moved to the FOX affiliated television station WLUK in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where he worked as a sports presenter. In the mid-1990s, he was on the road again, this time to Chicago to act as a presenter for WGN Morning News. Bill remained in this position for about three years before joining KABC-TV in Los Angeles in 1998 to work as a sports choir. During his time here, he hosted, in particular, the popular weekly show Monday Night Live, which was broadcast after Monday Night Football.
Between 2002 and 2004, Bill Weir took two years off to host news or sports programs. During this time, he developed, wrote, and hosted a series of television pilots for several stations. In 2004, however, he made a comeback by joining ABC News, where he reported on current news and global trends.
Notable stories and events he covered during this time include the economic rise of China and India, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the war in Afghanistan, space shuttle launches and landings, and a live underwater report from the Great Barrier Reef. He was also the first American to broadcast live from Tibet.
After anchoring the short-lived ABC News magazine entitled iCaught, Weir was named the third co-host of the late news show Nightline in 2010, succeeding British journalist Martin Bashir, alongside Terry Morgan and Cynthia McFadden. He remained on the show until October 2013, when he joined CNN as a presenter and chief correspondent for innovation. Two years after joining the station, he embarked on his own show, an original documentary television series called The Wonder List starring Bill Weir.
Other Facts You Need To Know
Marriage and Family
Bill Weir was previously married to a lawyer named Alisha Weir of Brooklyn, New York. It is not clear exactly when the two took their vows, but it is said that they were together for about a decade before they went separate ways sometime in 2016. During their time together, the couple had a daughter they called Olivia.
After the divorce, Weir began a relationship with a woman identified as Kelly Dowd. The two were seen together at various events and also enjoy sharing photos of themselves on their social media.
Bill is as tall as the average American man, being 178 cm (5 feet 10 inches) tall. While his weight and other body measurements are not known, the television journalist has blond hair and brown eyes.
Salary and Net Worth
Even if Bill Weir is not one of the first names that come to mind when talking about journalists, he has made a good living from his profession. According to various sources for calculating celebrity assets, Bill Weir has an estimated net worth of $3 million. His salary is expected to remain at around $750,000 per year.