Commentator and News Correspondent Bill Geist Honored with Star on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame
Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored Bill Geist with Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Television. President/CEO and emcee Leron Gubler along with speakers Gil Schwartz, Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer of CBS Corporation and Lassie helped unveil the 2,437th Star at 6850 Hollywood Boulevard next to the El Capitan Theatre on Friday, April 15, 2011
Bill Geist is an Emmy Award-winning correspondent for CBS News and a New York Times best-selling author. He has been a correspondent and commentator for CBS SUNDAY MORNING since he joined the network in 1987, traveling the country to chronicle the people, places, and events that make up the fabric of American life. He has contributed his humor, observations, and story-telling to many CBS News broadcasts, including “60 Minutes II”, “The CBS Evening News” and “48 Hours, as well as various CBS Sports productions, including several Olympic Games, World Series and Super Bowls.
He is the best-selling author of seven books: Fore! Play (it’s about golf);The Big Five-Oh !: Facing, Fearing and Fighting 50; Monster Trucks and Hair In A Can, Who Says America Doesn't Make Anything Anymore?; Little League Confidential, an account of his experiences coaching his son and daughter in Little League baseball; The Zucchini Plague and Other Tales of Suburbia; City Slickers and, most recently, Way Off the Road, a compendium of stories from SUNDAY MORNING on the peculiar charms of small-town America. Geist has contributed innumerable articles to a wide spectrum of magazines, ranging from New York to Chicago, Rolling Stone to Forbes, andVogue toEsquire — as well as to internet sites such as The Daily Beast.
Prior to joining CBS News, Geist was a reporter and columnist for The New York Times, where he wrote the "About New York" column and before that, at The Chicago Tribune. He served as a combat photographer with the First Infantry Division in Vietnam.
Geist has won many awards for his work as a humorist, commentator and reporter in television, newspapers and magazines, including two Emmys. He received the 2007 Marist College Lowell Thomas Award that recognizes individuals whose work reflects the imagination, courage, ambition and humanity of Thomas, the author, traveler and broadcaster. He has also been awarded honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Cincinnati and the University of Illinois, but seems most proud of placing third in the Illinois State Fair Bake-Off.
He was born in Urbana, Ill. Geist was graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1968 with a degree in communications and from the University of Missouri in 1971 with a Master's degree in communications.
Geist is involved with the following charities: The Harbor School (N.Y.,N.Y.)
Harlem Academy (N.Y.,N.Y.), University of Illinois Scholarship Fund, Friends of the Shelter Island (N.Y.) Library, Friends of the Ridgewood (N.J.) Library, The American Red Cross , The Salvation Army and The Valley Hospital Auxiliary.
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