Bill Whitaker Bio, Age, Height, Family, Wife, Children, 60 Minutes (CBS News), Salary and Net Worth

Bill Whitaker Biography

Bill Whitaker is an American Emmy Award-winning TV journalist currently working as a correspondent on the CBS News program 60 Minutes. He is a well-known public figure who has worked for CBS News since 1985 up to date.

Bill Whitaker Age

Whitaker was born on August 26, 1951, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Therefore as of 2022, the CBS journalist is 71 years old.

Bill Whitaker Height

Whitaker stands at a height of 1.9 m and his weight is about 75 kg.

Bill Whitaker Family

Broadcast journalist Bill Whitaker was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to his mother Marie Whitaker and William Whitaker.  After a refusal service in a Media restaurant in the 1940s, because their African American, his father marched on Washington while his mother was a co-founder of the organization.  

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Bill Whitaker Wife

The CBS journalist is happily married to his beautiful wife Terry with whom he shares two children, a son named Gail and a daughter named Lesley Whitaker. Terry and Bill are very private, and discreet, and little is known about their dating history and relationship. However, Whitaker moved to New York City with his family when he got the gig. He has really kept his personal life out of the spotlight and his children out of the public eye.

Bill Whitaker Career

Whitaker enrolled and attended Media Elementary School and Media Junior High. In 1969, Whitaker graduated from Penncrest High School. Moreover, he went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts degree in American history from the Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York in 1973. Later, he then graduated with his Master of Arts degree in African American studies from Boston University in 1974. What’s more, is that he also enrolled in the Master of Journalism program at the University of California, Berkeley. Additionally, Bill has served on the board of directors for the Hobart and William Smith Colleges starting in 2002. He was also a member of the National Association for Black Journalists (NABJ) in the Black Journalists Association of Southern California Chapter. Whitaker has also received honorary degrees from Hobart and William Smith College in 1997 and Knox College in 2015.


Whitaker initiated his journalism career in 1979 when he served as a news producer, researcher, and writer for KQED-TV in San Francisco. His first reports coverage was at a CBS affiliate, WBTV-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he reported the contentious 1984 senate race between Jim Hunt and Jesse Helms. Bill was hired as a reporter at CBS News the same year and was based in Atlanta, Georgia. He made coverage of the 1988 presidential campaign of Michael Dukakis. Whitaker also became the CBS News Tokyo correspondent the following year, covering stories throughout Asia, including the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. Moreover, he relocated to Los Angeles to work as a regular reporter for CBS Evening News in 1992.

Bill as well appeared in other CBS programs like Sunday Morning and The Early Show and was CBS News’ lead reporter covering President George W. Bush’s 2000 campaign. Furthermore, Whitaker covered Mitt Romney’s 2008 campaign and in March 2014, he became a correspondent for the CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes. In his career, Bill was awarded the News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting in a News Magazine from the National Academy of Arts and Sciences. He also bagged an Excellence Award from the National Association of Black Journalists, and the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association. Likewise, the journalist has also won an Emmy Award in 1988 for his coverage of the demise of Jim and Tammy Bakker’s television ministry

At CBS, Whitaker has made coverage on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and the War in Afghanistan in Kabul. In Tulsa, Whitaker had an eminent first interview with Betty Jo Shelby, the former police officer accused of shooting and killing Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man. In 2021, following the death of host Alex Trebek,  Whitaker, among others, would guest-host Jeopardy! ten of his episodes airing on May 3 to 14, 2021. Additionally, Bill is the 2018 winner of the RTDNA’s highest honor and the Paul White Award for career achievement. These are some of the other anchors that Whitaker works with at CBS News:

Sharyn Alfonsi
John Dickerson
Lesley Stahl
Tanya Simon
Norah O’Donnell
David Martin
Steve Hartman
James Brown
Susan Zirinsky

Bill Whitaker Salary

Whitaker’s salary is about $102,548 per year.

Bill Whitaker’s Net Worth

Whitaker’s net worth is $1 million approximately. His primary source is from his journalism career working as a correspondent on the CBS News program 60 Minutes.

Social Media Accounts

Whitaker is active on social media and he posts personal and work-related stuff from time to time. He has over 2000 followers on Instagram, 1300 on Facebook, and 9000 on Twitter.

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