Emmy-winning CBS News correspondent Bill Geist was a combat photographer for the First Infantry Division in Vietnam in 1969, but his journalism career didn’t begin until 1972, when he got a job as a reporter at the Chicago Tribune’s now-defunct Suburban Trib subsidiary. After eight years there, he moved to the New York Times, where he wrote the twice-weekly column “About New York” until 1987.
His TV career began that same year, when he joined CBS News as a correspondent who contributed humorous stories for "CBS Evening News," CBS Sports, “CBS News Sunday Morning” and “60 Minutes II.” Geist won his first Emmy in 1992 for a report on the 66th anniversary of Route 66. His second came in 2005 for a profile of Fred Carl and his Viking Range company, which revitalized the small, poor town of Greenwood, Miss.
Geist attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Missouri, but also holds honorary doctorates from the University of Cincinnati and the University of Illinois. He has written seven books, including the New York Times bestseller “Little League Confidential” about his experiences as a Little League coach.
Geist has been married to his wife, Jody, since 1970, and they have two children: Willie, a co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and Libby, a documentary filmmaker.