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William Hemmer (born November 14, 1964) is an American journalist for the Fox News Channel, based in New York City. He is a morning co-anchor of America's Newsroom.[1] Previously, he reported and anchored at CNN between 1995 and 2005.[2]

Bill Hemmer
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William Hemmer

EducationMiami University, Oxford, Ohio (BA)
OccupationJournalist/Television news anchor
EmployerFox Corporation


Early life and educationEdit

Hemmer was born in Cincinnati, Ohio,[3] the son of Bill Hemmer, a retired mattress manufacturing-company executive.[4] He is the middle child and second son of the Hemmers' five children.[3]

Hemmer attended Our Lady of Victory (Cincinnati) Catholic parochial school before graduating from Elder High School in Cincinnati[5] in 1983.[6]

During his senior year at Elder, Hemmer and a friend started a radio program, playing fifteen minutes of music before classes began. He credits this time as beginning of his interest for broadcasting.[3]

Hemmer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism from Miami University, located in Oxford, Ohio. While at Miami University, he joined Delta Tau Delta fraternity and studied in Europe at the Miami University Dolibois European Center, which was then located in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg.[7]


Hemmer interviewing Mitch McConnell in 2004

Early careerEdit

While in college, Hemmer interned as a radio disc jockey for Mama Jazz at WMUB-FM[citation needed] and later at WOXY-FM[citation needed] before taking an internship at Cincinnati's NBC affiliate.[citation needed]

He started in sports production at WLWT-TV in the mid-1980s where he realized his passion for live television. During his senior year at Miami University, Hemmer was offered a position at WLWT-TV as a sports producer. Soon after, he went to the CBS affiliate WCPO-TV as a sports anchor.[8][9]

At age 26, Hemmer took a nearly year-long hiatus from WCPO-TV to backpack around the world.[10] During his time away, Hemmer traveled through China, Vietnam, Nepal, India, Egypt, Israel and Eastern Europe. While in Calcutta, India, Hemmer spent two weeks working in the children's clinics run by Mother Teresa.

Throughout the journey, Hemmer wrote dispatches and submitted tapes and photos for both The Cincinnati Post, a now defunct local newspaper, and CBS's local affiliate that were assembled into several pieces collectively known as "Bill's Excellent Adventure."[3]

The program won him two regional Emmys, Best Entertainment Program and Best Host.[11] On his return from hiatus, he returned to WCPO as a news reporter before accepting a position at CNN's international headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.


Hemmer spent ten years at CNN hosting a number of programs, including American Morning (originally with Paula Zahn, and later with Soledad O'Brien), CNN Tonight, CNN Early Edition, CNN Morning News, and CNN Live Today with co-anchor Daryn Kagan.[2]

While at CNN, Hemmer covered the bombing of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and spent 37 days in Tallahassee, Florida, during the Florida election recount of the 2000 U.S. presidential election.

He reported from World Trade Center site in New York City for a month in the aftermath of the attacks of September 11, 2001 and from Khandahar, Afghanistan during the buildup of American forces in the early days of The War on Terror.[11]

In May 2001, Hemmer played an instrumental role in the network's coverage of the Timothy McVeigh execution, reporting from Terre Haute, Indiana, where McVeigh was put to death for his part in the Oklahoma City bombing.[12]

In the summer of 2002, Hemmer reported live from Somerset, Pennsylvania, on the mining accident that trapped nine workers for 77 hours when a wall separating their tunnel from an abandoned, flooded mine gave way, sending millions of gallons of water into their work area.[12]

In 2003, Hemmer traveled to Kuwait to report on escalating tensions in Iraq and remained on-site to cover Operation Iraqi Freedom when the war began.[13]

In 2004, he covered the Democratic and Republican conventions and served as one of CNN's prime-time anchors on election night.

Hemmer provided live coverage from Vatican City on the death of Pope John Paul II in 2005.

He also spent more than a month covering the crisis in Kosovo, where he reported on the aerial bombing missions from Aviano Air Base in Italy, the refugee crisis from Skopje, Macedonia, and on the latest NATO developments from Brussels.[12]

Hemmer received an Emmy Award for his work on CNN's coverage of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta.

Fox NewsEdit

Hemmer joined Fox News in August 2005[14] and was immediately dispatched to Louisiana for the network’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita.[15] During the war between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon during the summer of 2006, Hemmer reported from the front-lines in the town of Metula in Northern Israel.[16] Throughout the 2008, 2012 and 2016 election seasons, Hemmer covered the political party conventions from their respective cities—including the Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire Primary.[17] His “BillBoard”[18] on Election Nights is designed to bring data to viewers, capturing the vote in real time from precincts across the country. Hemmer was the network's lead reporter and anchor from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, as well as the site of the Boston Marathon bombing in April 2013.[19][20] In July of 2018, Hemmer traveled to Helsinki, Finland to report on President Trump’s Summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.[21] In 2019 Hemmer covered February’s Nuclear Summit between President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un from Hanoi, Vietnam, concluding that assignment at the DMZ in South Korea.[22] He also had the first interview with current U.S. Attorney General William Barr when he traveled to EL Salvador after the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia Investigation in May.[23] Hemmer has anchored "America’s Newsroom," a Fox News morning show, since launching the program with former anchor and colleague Megyn Kelly. He currently is the co-host with Sandra Smith from 9 AM to 12 PM EST.[24][circular reference]

Personal lifeEdit

Hemmer is Roman Catholic.[5][25][26]

He has returned to Cincinnati each year to host the George Knittle Memorial Bayley Place Golf Classic named in honor of his grandfather, George F. Knittle, which benefits Bayley Senior Living.[26][27] George Knittle died at the age of 100 in 2003.[28]

In 2008, Hemmer also was the honorary chair of the Ohio River Valley chapter for the Arthritis walk.[29]

He is a supporter of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.[26]

In April 2013, Hemmer spent a week at the Vatican moderating the Second Annual Adult Stem Cell Research Conference[30] and in May of the same year served as the keynote speaker at Miami University, Oxford's Farmer school of Business' commencement.[31]

Hemmer, along with two fellow Miami University graduates, established the MUDEC scholarship in honor of the long-time service of Dr. Emile Haag to the Miami University Dolibois European Center and awarded to a student seeking financial assistance to attend school in Luxembourg.[32]

In 2013, Hemmer was the recipient of the Elder High School Professional Distinction award.[6]

See alsoEdit


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  4. ^ "CNN's Bill Hemmer". American Profile. Franklin, Tennessee. Archived from the original on 2008-02-10.
  5. ^ a b Carroll, Kathleen M. (n.d.). "Bill Hemmer: CNN's Emmy-winning News Anchor". Franciscan Friars. Archived from the original on February 12, 2019. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "2013 Alumni Award Recipients > Professional: Bill Hemmer, '83". Elder High School. Archived from the original on February 26, 2014.
  7. ^ "Interview with Professor Emile Haag". The Miami University Campaign. Archived from the original on 2009-02-10.
  8. ^ "Fox Anchor Grounded in Cincinnati". 24 April 2009.
  9. ^ Darina S. "Journalist – Bill Hemmer". TeenInk.
  10. ^ Vaccariello, Linda (August 2004). "It's Hemmer Time". Cincinnati Magazine.
  11. ^ a b Bernard, Sarah (n.d.). "Anchor Dreams". New York. p. 2. Archived from the original on April 17, 2015. Retrieved August 8, 2013.
  12. ^ a b c "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-02-10. Retrieved 2008-03-17.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "FOX anchor, MU alum to speak at graduation ceremony".
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  19. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-12. Retrieved 2013-08-09.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  20. ^, The Washington Times. "Boston 'bombers are brothers' from Chechnya; police name both".
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  24. ^ America's Newsroom
  25. ^ "Bill Hemmer: The Journey Continues". "". 2008. Archived from the original on February 10, 2009.
  26. ^ a b c "Just Chatting: Bill Hemmer". Just Cause. Archived from the original on November 27, 2009.
  27. ^ "2006-2007 Annual Report" (PDF). Bayley Place Newsletter. Bayley Place. 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 25, 2009.
  28. ^ "George Knittle Memorial Bayley Place Golf Classic: The Pappa Tourney hits Year 5! - #Share_Story".
  29. ^ "Arthritis Foundation". Ohio River Valley Arthritis Foundation. Archived from the original on August 28, 2008.
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  31. ^ "News - Miami University".
  32. ^ "MUDEC Alumni".

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