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. Previously, he reported and anchored at CNN between 1995 and 2005.
|Education||Miami University, Oxford, Ohio (BA)|
|Occupation||Journalist/Television news anchor|
Early life and educationEdit
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.
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.
While in college, Hemmer interned as a radio disc jockey for Mama Jazz at WMUB-FM and later at WOXY-FM before taking an internship at Cincinnati's NBC affiliate.
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.
At age 26, Hemmer took a nearly year-long hiatus from WCPO-TV to backpack around the world. 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."
The program won him two regional Emmys, Best Entertainment Program and Best Host. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hemmer received an Emmy Award for his work on CNN's coverage of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta.
Hemmer joined Fox News in August 2005 and was immediately dispatched to Louisiana for the network’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. 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. 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. His “BillBoard” 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. In July of 2018, Hemmer traveled to Helsinki, Finland to report on President Trump’s Summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. 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. 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. 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.[circular reference]
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. George Knittle died at the age of 100 in 2003.
In 2008, Hemmer also was the honorary chair of the Ohio River Valley chapter for the Arthritis walk.
In April 2013, Hemmer spent a week at the Vatican moderating the Second Annual Adult Stem Cell Research Conference and in May of the same year served as the keynote speaker at Miami University, Oxford's Farmer school of Business' commencement.
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.
In 2013, Hemmer was the recipient of the Elder High School Professional Distinction award.
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