Willard Shepard Bio, Age, Height, Family, Wife, Children, NBC6, Salary and Net Worth

Willard Shepard Biography

Willard Shepard is Six-time Emmy award-winning journalist, attorney, and Gulf War Fighter Pilot working for NBC 6 as an anchor and investigative reporter. He has been here for over 20 years now and anchors the 5 p.m., 5.30 p.m., and weekend editions of the station’s News where he has brought his unique insight.

Willard Shepard Age

It is clear that Willard was born in the United States. However, his actual date of birth remains unknown to the public for one reason or the other. Could it be he likes to keep his age private? By the look, he seems to be 52 years old.

Willard Shepard Height

Shepard stands at a height of 1.71m, and his weight is about 72kg.

Willard Shepard Family

Shepard has not disclosed his family members, parents, and siblings. Mostly because he does not necessarily find this information useful to the public. We will keep you posted should this information be available.

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Willard Shepard Wife

Shepard is happily married to Tainna, the two are happy parents to two children Gianmarco and Francesca.

Willard Shepard Education

Shepard went to the Florida International University College of Law and specialized in media and aviation legal issues. In addition, he graduated cum laude from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Theater. Also, he is a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Officer Training School in San Antonio, Texas. Further, Willard is a finalist for the prestigious White House Fellowship program.

Honors and awards

Willard joined WTVJ in 1994 from CBS affiliate WJW-TV in Cleveland, Ohio where he was working as an anchor for the morning news. Further, he was a special projects reporter, and while there, he received an Emmy Award for his news series “The State of Black Cleveland.” On the other hand, Willard has been honored several times for his reporting by the Aviation, Space Writers Association, the Associated Press, and by the United Press International.

Willard Shepard Career

Shepard uses his legal skills to develop broadcasts on law enforcement policies, police reforms, and procedures, this is a focus before and after the death of George Floyd, he is a member of the Florida Bar. He does consumer investigations to uncover fraud and reveal progressive innovations in private business and government. On the other hand, he does reports which show families how to protect their health, finances, credit, home, and daily travels,  especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. During the Presidential campaign in 2020, Willard delivered the views of the candidates for the White House and also brought insightful reports on the legal challenges that followed.

Additionally, Willard is an expert in the military and aviation and uses his combat experience to guide viewers through the ongoing threats at home and abroad as he did during the war in Ukraine. Further, he gives the public an inside look at the federal, state, and local endeavors to keep America safe. He does a lot of work in detailing anti-terror efforts underwater so as to protect ports and cruise ships which earned him one Emmy award. Also in Iraq and Afghanistan during the military operations, he used his military background to bring a detailed perspective on the battlefront. Further, he covered military conflicts in Kosovo and Bosnia and also guided his viewers through the return of Boeing’s 737 Max to service after two fatal accidents.

Shepard was a Lt. Colonel in the United States Air Force and Reserve. His A-10 squadron was the first Air Force Reserve fighter unit ever to go into combat. In the Gulf War, he flew 52 combat sorties over Kuwait and Iraq. As such, he was awarded six Air Medals for his support of the Coalition Army Ground Forces. In addition, he has flown missions over Bosnia for NATO. Actually, Willard was the first Air Force pilot to openly fly the Soviet Mig-29 fighter. Also working as a staff officer, he examined air operations programs in the United States Southern Command.

Giving Back to the Community

In his effort to give back to the community, Willard assists high school students in obtaining ROTC scholarships and appointments to the USAF Academy for the Air Force Reserve today. In addition, he has been able to fly search and rescue missions and many sorties showing middle and high school students aviation opportunities in the USAF and beyond. He is a member of the USAF Civil Air Patrol. Additionally, he is also an Instructor of the FAA aircraft Advanced Ground and Instrument. Good to note that Willard is also an FAA-certified Unmanned Aerial Systems pilot. He actively gets involved in the community, he works with the Miami-Dade County School Board’s “5,000 Role Models” program. He teaches middle and high school students successful values they need in their day-to-day endeavors. 

Willard Shepard Salary

Shepard’s salary is about $105,000 per year.

Willard Shepard’s Net Worth

Shepard’s estimated net worth is $2.1 million. His primary source is his job as a journalist, attorney, and Gulf War Fighter Pilot at NBC6.

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